Grants aim to increase faculty-led education-abroad experiences


Two new grant programs from the Office of the Provost aim to encourage the development of new faculty-led education-abroad programs at the University of Michigan.

Funded by the Vice Provost for Engaged Learning’s Global Engagement Strategic Plan, the programs are designed to address the plan’s major goals: increasing and diversifying U-M’s education-abroad offerings and student participation. The plan launched this fall.

In their inaugural year, 10 grants of up to $24,000 each will be awarded to support programs in international locations in North America, or programs in less-traveled destinations across the globe, such as Africa, Asia, Central America and South America.

“Short-term programs led by faculty from a student’s home institution are a critically important gateway to global learning experiences for first-time international travelers,” said Valeria Bertacco, vice provost for engaged learning.

“We hope that the creation of new short-term programs in nearby international locations will increase accessibility and affordability of our education-abroad offerings, while the creation of new programs in other lesser-traveled regions of the planet will diversify the range of opportunities for our students across the globe.”

Faculty and staff from the Ann Arbor campus who are leading a new education-abroad program are eligible to apply. The program must be offered for credit or tied to a course, and must include travel of up to eight weeks to an eligible destination.

Applications will be accepted year-round, with three review and selection periods annually. For 2024, the deadlines for each selection period are Jan. 19, May 17, and Sept. 27.


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