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ISA Grant

MSU's Office for Education Abroad has partnered with International Studies Abroad (ISA) to provide funding to support the establishment of MSU faculty-directed education abroad programs. Funding may be awarded for either a course that embeds an international education travel component into a fall or spring residential course or a program to be offered during the summer or winter break. The proposal must relate to an existing or new program that will be offered in conjunction with ISA's Custom Programs Division. Preference will be given to programs that are designed to promote Education Abroad goals for diversifying education abroad programming (see evaluation criteria below). The promise of some departmental matching funds (e.g., cash or in-kind contributions) is strongly encouraged, but not required.

Award

For 2018-19, one $20,000 Program Development Grant will be awarded to a sponsoring department/college, of which up to $2,000 may be used to support a faculty member or instructor to travel to an established ISA program site for a short-term stay (less than 1 week) for the primary purpose of establishing the proposed education abroad program. Otherwise, all funds will be awarded via ISA as a credit to the total cost of the program, thus reducing the overall participation cost for MSU students. Individual applicants must be serving in a representative capacity of their home academic unit.

Requirements

Applications will only be considered for credit-bearing education abroad programming. Existing programs are eligible, but must henceforth be offered in conjunction with ISA's Custom Programs Division.

Programs must be a minimum of three weeks (preferably longer) and designed for a minimum of 15 students.

Applications must be supported by a letter from the college dean or department chair explaining how the program contributes to the international goals of the strategic plan of the unit, and acknowledge matching funds (if any).

Evaluation Criteria

Clear alignment with the department/academic unit's curriculum and international education goals.

Overall viability, academic need and sustainability of the proposed education abroad program.

Extent to which the proposed program promotes Education Abroad goals for diversifying education abroad programming, as follows:

  • Inclusion of traditionally underrepresented populations (i.e., minority students, first-generation college students, low SES, males, STEM disciplines, etc.);
  • Interdisciplinary programming or experiential programming (e.g., undergraduate research, service learning, etc.); and,
  • Programming that involves meaningful community engagement and/or intercultural learning.

Deadline

Applications are due by 5:00 pm (EST) on May 1, 2018.

Early submission of applications is encouraged.

Decisions will be made within three (3) weeks of the deadline.

In partnership with ISA, the Curriculum Integration Committee of the MSU Advisory Council on Education Abroad will evaluate all applications and make final decisions.

Questions, applications, and supporting materials should be sent to Dr. Inge Steglitz.

Information for Recipient

The grant recipient is required to submit a post-program evaluation to Education Abroad/ISA within two (2) months of program implementation.

Funds will be awarded via ISA as a credit to the total cost of the program, less any funds used to conduct a program site development visit (up to $2,000).

Travel to countries with an active U.S. Department of State Travel Warning must be reviewed and approved by the MSU Risk & Security Advisory Council (RSAC).

Grants cannot be deferred.

Application

The ISA Grant Application form is available online.

Questions, applications, and supporting materials should be sent to Dr. Inge Steglitz, Associate Director, Office for Education Abroad.

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