The UWF Study Abroad Office within the Office of Diversity and International Education and Programs has received PACE award funding for the UWF Faculty Internationalization Grant (FIG) Program for the 2013-2014 Academic Year. Deadline for the Faculty Internationalization Grant Proposal Submission is November 15, 2013 for use in Spring or Summer 2014.
Two award types are available through the Faculty Internationalization Grant Program:
Faculty Internationalization Grant – For UWF Faculty Members
UWF faculty member applies for FIG for themselves
Reciprocal Faculty Internationalization Grant – To bring Visiting Faculty to UWF
UWF faculty member applies for Reciprocal FIG for Visiting Faculty
The Rubric for FIG Proposal review is available here. Proposals will be reviewed by committee and scored using this Rubric. See the FIG timeline at the bottom of the page for further information on review and notification.
The FIG program will target projects for faculty member travel to one of UWF's international partners to participate in an activity that will enhance his/her international experience, to gain knowledge, to foster relations between UWF and its partner institutions, and/or to explore the development of a study abroad experience. FIG eligible activities may include international travel for:
Faculty may visit multiple partner universities in the same country or in multiple countries provided they are within close travel proximity to each other (within the same geographic region). FIG may be used to support travel to institutions abroad currently in the partnership review process prior to the approval of the international partnership agreement. FIGs will provide financial support for eligible travel and associated expenses for the faculty activity abroad up to $4,000. FIGs will provide support for UWF faculty traveling to international partner institutions will include the following:
A full list of UWF international partner institutions can be found at:
Additionally, Reciprocal FIG application is encouraged to bring faculty from a UWF international partner institution to UWF for a matching time period. Reciprocal FIG requests can be made to support accommodation for the visiting faculty member from a partner institution.
FIG applicants will need the approval of department chair, college dean, and Office of the Provost. Approval must include permission for release time, approval of activity or research topic, and recognition of the value of participation in the internationalization experience. Salary is determined by individual faculty status and must be paid by the academic department.
ODIEP will accept and review proposals that extend across disciplines, enhance the international reputation of UWF, and support of the University's mission. Preference will be given to projects that have a direct and measurable contribution to the internationalization efforts of UWF.
FIGs will also provide support for academic innovation and internationalization to faculty members who desire to foster development of 21st Century Skills for students in their discipline. Reciprocal FIGs will support visiting international faculty members from UWF's partner institutions to share their research and to be guest lecturers on an international topic in support of globalization.
The cost of international travel is the principal cost associated with international collaboration. Restraints on the use of Education and General Funds for international travel have limited the opportunities for faculty outside of the US. The ODIEP recognizes that reducing or eliminating this additional expense for faculty and departments will increase faculty participation in activities abroad and bring the University more in line with Florida SUS, peer and aspirant institutions in the area of internationalization.
UWF Faculty members receiving FIG or Reciprocal FIG funds are required to comply with follow up processes including:
Specific Dates for report submission and events will be updated upon confirmation of FIG funding.
UWF has established partnerships with over 35 institutions worldwide, which allow for reciprocity in exchange of students and faculty. UWF welcomes over 100 exchange students from partner institutions and sends approximately 50 students for study at UWF partner institutions each year.
Partnership agreements include institutional discretion to coordinate exchange of faculty for research and teaching opportunities with support from one or both institutions. While faculty exchange is a component of all UWF partner agreements, faculty participation in exchange opportunities has been limited because of the lack of department/college level funding opportunities.
The FIG Program aligns with the following Strategic Priorities for UWF
Student Success: Enhanced student access, progression, and learning and development.
UWF Priority 1.1. Foster student learning and development to include the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that optimize students' prospects for personal and professional success.
Teaching and Research: Distinctive teaching, scholarship, research, and professional contributions.
UWF Priority 2.2 – Recruit, support, retain, and recognize dedicated, high-quality faculty who advance the mission, vision, and values of the University.
UWF Priority 2.3 – Build a vibrant culture of scholarship and research that aligns with UWF's strengths and capacities and supports UWF's mission, vision, and values.
Partnerships: Valued partnerships – Community engagement and service.
UWF Priority 3.3 – Expand community awareness, visibility, and support of UWF through its mutually beneficial partnerships.
|Date||Action or Deadline|
|July 2012, start of Fiscal Year 2014||Funding approved|
|September 2013||FIG Program Launch and Announcement|
|October – November 2013||Applications Accepted|
|December 2013||Applications Reviewed|
|January 2014||Recipients Announced|
|February – April 2014||Travel Arrangements Confirmed|
|May – August 2014||Faculty Assignment Abroad
Ground transportation and accommodation
receipts due upon return
|September 2014||Faculty Submit Report of Activity Abroad
Faculty participate in UWF Study Abroad Fair
|November 2014||Faculty Internationalization Symposium FIG recipients will present to the UWF campus in coordination with International Education Week Activities|