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Guidelines for Mellon Funding





Guidelines for Mellon Funding, 2014-15

The recent grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in the amount of $577,000 in support of our efforts to implement the university's strategic initiative for global learning is designed to be allocated over a four-year period in four major categories: Course Development, Faculty Development, Student/Faculty International Research, and Student Initiatives. The following are the guidelines for proposals for funding for the current year. All funding proposals should be submitted as an email attachment to Latha Dawson at the Center for International Education,

Course Development

I. Preparation courses

One-, two-, or three-credit new courses that focus on preparing students for "engaged citizenship in a global and diverse society." Courses could be linked to a Spring Term Abroad course or be more generally focused as courses with specific global learning outcomes for the discipline in which they are offered. Each course should aim to help students identify areas of interest to explore in a foreign country related to the student's overall academic interest. Course development includes a faculty stipend of $2000/credit. Team-taught courses will divide the stipend between the teaching faculty.

For 2014-15 funding will be available for up to three (3) one-credit courses, two (2) two-credit courses and three (3) three-credit courses.

Sample syllabus for a 1-credit STA pre-course

Sample syllabus for a 3-credit STA pre-course

APPLICATIONS for courses that may be taught in Fall, 2015, are due March 15.

II. Reintegration courses

These courses will aim to give academic structure and rigor to the process of reflection and re-entry for students who return from study, work, or internships abroad. They are meant to be team-taught and interdisciplinary and to help students integrate intellectually and academically the lessons of their experiences abroad. Stipends for the courses will total $5000 per credit and be evenly divided between or among the team-teaching faculty.

For 2014-15 funding will be available for up to two (2) reintegration courses

APPLICATIONS DUE:  For courses that may be taught in Fall, 2015 are due by December 1.

Faculty Development

I. Site visits for new STA courses

Faculty who are developing new STA courses and demonstrate the need to visit potential sites to evaluate logistics (e.g. housing, safety, internal travel, access to third-party providers, etc.) may receive funding toward travel expenses. Preference will be given to courses to be developed in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia.

Applications may be made at any time but there are a limited number of visits that can be made during a single fiscal (July 1-June30) year. Applications should include name, title of course, course location, a brief description of the faculty member's experience and knowldege of the proposed site, the site attributes that will be appropriate to the course, a budget estimate for the visit and the name of a site contact.



II. Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminars

The grant provides funding for two (2) interdisciplinary faculty seminars aimed at facilitating curricular innovation and the integration of faculty research and teaching interests with the development of new study or research abroad opportunities. The seminar would be a year-long collaboration among three (3)-to five (5) faculty members culminating in a trip to the international location under study and/or the development of a team-taught course, either on-campus or as an STA course, delivered in the year following the seminar. Preference will be given to seminar proposals dedicated to under-studied and under-visited regions of the world and to issues that cross national boundaries and cultural divisions.

Student/Faculty Research

Funding is provided for a limited number of faculty-supervised international summer research projects linked to faculty research agendas and/or to prospective student honors theses work. The projects are meant to establish or cultivate faculty collaboration with colleagues abroad as well as to expose students to research methods within a different cultural context. For each project the Faculty director will receive a stipend of $3000. The student researcher will receive a stipend of $3000 and funds toward travel costs.