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Office of Internationalization

Internationalization Grants

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE GRANT CYCLE HAS CHANGED, AND PAY CAREFUL ATTENTION TO DUE DATES AND GRANT CYCLE PERIODS

The Office of Internationalization is announcing a new cycle of Internationalization Grants, for use from November 15, 2017 through June 15, 2018.

This is the first of two projected rounds this academic year, funds permitting.  Round Two will cover projects that take place between May 1, 2018, and June 15, 2019.  There is an additional strategic partnership grant rolling deadline throughout the academic year; see below for more information.

Internationalization Grant applications with letters / documents of support from chairs / directors and deans will be given priority consideration; applications missing either or both supporting documentation will be considered at a lower priority and only funds permitting. While differing divisions and schools may set different internal deadlines, applicants should aim to submit their proposals to their chairs or directors by Friday, September 15, 2017, or whatever date is set by their chair.  Chairs or directors must forward the applications to their deans by Friday, September 29, 2017. Deans must submit proposals to the Office of Internationalization by Friday, October 20, 2017 through the intz-grants@du.edu listserv. Staff grants (category four below) have some specific requirements as well.

IMPORTANT: Printed versions of applications will not be considered. In order to be equitable to all applicants, applications that miss these deadlines will not be considered. Applications not submitted to Internationalization by the final deadline will not be considered for any reason. It is up to the applicant to make certain that the application has been submitted by the Internationalization deadline with the necessary supporting materials.

The dean's review form is available below under General Comments and Application Materials.  Awards will be decided by an interdisciplinary faculty/staff committee composed of members chosen through the Internationalization Council. You will be notified of the status of your proposal no later than Monday, November 6, 2017.

The Internationalization Grants are intended to provide support for significant international endeavors and/or as seed money for projects and pilots that should become self-sustaining. They are not intended as a source of ongoing multi-year financial support. Proposals that fall within the following categories will be considered; please indicate which grant you are applying for on your application. ONLY ONE CATEGORY SHOULD BE SELECTED.

1. FACULTY Professional Development AND RESEARCH

Grants of between $500 to $4,000 covering an economy class airfare for international travel that supports professional development and/or research that has an international component. These grants are limited, and applicants must demonstrate the importance of the proposed international activity in their academic and professional career, with clear outcomes for any proposed research project. Appropriate areas of consideration include conference presentations, workshops, active research collaborations with faculty colleagues abroad, and research that requires international travel. Note that funding will not be awarded for conference attendance.  Only in exceptional circumstances will per diem, hotel, conference registration and/or visa costs also be considered.  A complete and detailed budget is required with all applications.

2. Faculty Curriculum and International Development

Grants of between $500 and $8,000 for international travel intended to help add an international component to curriculum either directly or through the development of international partnerships with institutions and faculty abroad (which can include targeted research cooperation such as joint research projects or joint curricula). To be successful, the grant application will need to include appropriate letters of support if applicable, and a detailed description of the activity and its connection to the departmental and/or divisional curriculum or activities at the University of Denver as well as a detailed budget.

3. Faculty Strategic Partnership Grants

Grants to support the development of the University's strategic partnership with Lund University (Sweden) and University of Western Australia. An additional special emphasis is the target strategic partnership with the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa (all campuses). Grants may also be used to support the development of other target strategic partnerships with the University of Glasgow (Scotland, UK), University of Lille (France), Catholic University of Portugal (all campuses), and Tohoku University (Japan). (Individuals wishing to explore other partnerships with institutions not listed above are asked to apply under the "Curriculum and International Development" category above.) Grants in the strategic partnership category range from $500 to $8,000, and cover a wide spectrum of possible activities, including joint courses, joint curriculum development, development of research collaboration with specific faculty members at the target strategic partners, cross-departmental cooperation, administrative cooperation, online symposia, and the like. The expected success of the activity must be demonstrated in the application. While exploratory travel is possible, preliminary contacts and an agreement on general principles between the strategic partner and the home department of program must be demonstrated and included in the application. A detailed budget must be included.

4. Staff strategic partner Grants

University of Denver staff may also apply for a grant to pursue a project with a University of Denver strategic partner, currently Lund University and University of Western Australia. While these grants are intended for use with strategic partners, exceptions will be made for projects with the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.  Funding will range from $500 to $4,000 and will typically cover airfare and, in extraordinary cases, lodging costs. These grants are a result of the MOU and partnership agreement that DU has signed with the partner universities encouraging staff mobility at both institutions. The expected success of the project must be demonstrated in the application, and the contacts with the partner university must be aware of the project and have worked with the DU applicant on a detailed project outline with specific outcomes to be included in the application. A letter of support from the appropriate supervisor(s) at DU and the partner university, a ranking from the dean or head of area at DU, and a detailed budget following the guidelines for the overall grants must be included in the application. Note that the initial discussion with staff equivalent at the partner University for organizing a staff grant must run through DU's Office of Internationalization and the partner university's equivalent office. Please contact Internationalization for more information. Staff grants follow the overall grant schedule, with a final deadline for submission to the Office of Internationalization by Friday, October 20, 2017, through the intz-grants@du.edu listserv.Late applications will not be considered for any reason.

OUT-OF-CYCLE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP GRANTS

Beginning AY 2017-2018, Internationalization is piloting additional deadlines throughout the academic year for Strategic Partnership Grants (grant categories 3 and 4 above). These out-of-cycle grants will be approved funds permitting, and intended only for grants involving Lund University, the University of Western Australia, and in exceptional cases the University of KwaZulu-Natal, with the same criteria as in categories 3 and 4 above. In addition to the deadlines as set out through this call and in Round Two, applicants may submit a Strategic Partnership Grant on September 15, November 15, December 15, January 15 (2018), February 15, April 15, and May 15, for projects between the 1st of the month after the deadline and June 15, 2019. Example: an out-of-cycle Strategic Partnership Grant submitted on November 15, 2017, is for projects that can run between December 1, 2017 and June 15, 2019. Applicants must notify Luc Beaudoin, the Associate Provost for Internationalization, at luc.beaudoin@du.edu of their intent to submit an out of cycle Strategic Partnership Grant and must obtain letters of support from their department chairs / directors and their deans. Please give them adequate time to write letters of support prior to the deadline. Deans must submit the complete applications through the Internationalization listserv at intz-grants@du.edu by the deadline. These grants will be considered by the Internationalization Grants Committee.

General Comments and application materials

A complete application will include:

  1. A completed cover letter;
  2. A completed one-page budget;
  3. A summary outlining goals, objectives, and proposed outcomes (no longer than three pages; for staff grants include the project outline)
  4. A letter of support from the appropriate department chair and dean's ranking (for staff grants this may be a supervisor's letter and ranking from dean or head of area).
  5. Applications without a letter of support from the chair / director / supervisor, and/or without the dean’s or head of area’s ranking, will be considered if submitted by the final Internationalization deadline, funds permitting, but at a lower priority than complete applications. Under no circumstances will applications submitted after the final Internationalization deadline be considered: it is up to the applicant to make certain that the application has been submitted on time with the necessary supporting documents. Printed applications will not be considered.

Cover Letter

Budget Worksheet

Dean's Evaluation Sheet

Post-Grant Report

A summary report on the project is due within three months after use of the funds and should be e-mailed to intz-grants@du.edu. Not sending in a final report will prevent consideration for future grants until the report has been received. Note as well that printed versions of the final report will not be accepted. All reports should include the following components:

  1. An accounting of how Internationalization Grant funds were used.
  2. A description of activities undertaken and how they advanced the project goals.
  3. A discussion of the ways in which the project contributed to faculty professional development, curriculum innovations, research collaboration or internationalization efforts at the University of Denver, including an overview of any next steps that need to be taken (because certain goals were not met or because there are new developments in the project, for example). You are encouraged to present the results of your internationalization grant at a symposium, meeting, or the Internationalization Summit. Strategic Partnership Grant recipients will be asked to present their work (as appropriate) at the Internationalization Summit, Friday, April 13, 2018.