Request for Proposals for Faculty Travel Funds

Announcement

International Programs and Partnerships is accepting Request for Proposals from BGSU faculty for travel funds to visit prospective locations abroad with the intent to develop faculty-led programs for Winter Session 2022.  

Contact

Questions about the RFP may be directed to Dr. Marcia Salazar-Valentine, Executive Director, International Programs and Partnerships or Michelle Ploeger, Coordinator of Education Abroad, International Programs and Partnerships.

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Information on Education Abroad programs for the 2020 Winter Session and Travel Funds for the 2021 Winter Session

2020 Winter Session

In April 2018, travel funds were awarded to five faculty members interested in exploring locations for programs being developed for Winter Session 2020. Program directors traveled in summer 2018 to explore the following program locations:

  • Austria and Czech Republic
  • Greece
  • Morocco
  • Puerto Rico 
  • Costa Rica
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2021 Winter Session

Ten proposals to explore sites for Winter Session 2021 were funded for their program directors to travel in summer 2019. Faculty traveled and submitted proposals for the following countries:

  • Costa Rica
  • Kenya
  • South Korea
  • Ghana
  • England
  • Jamaica
  • Austria
  • Panama
  • Italy
  • Iceland
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2022 Winter Session Travel Funds Application Deadline

To meet the Education Abroad 2022 faculty-led Winter Session proposal deadline of November 1, 2020, applicants for the travel funds must submit their requests by March 1, 2020. Awards will be announced in early April of 2020.

Application

Applicants are requested to fill out and submit the Prospective Funding Application form available online.

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria as demonstrated in the Prospective Funding Application form:

  • Travel that will result in programs that have the potential for robust enrollment (e.g. by reaching out to students across disciplines through BGP classes)
  • Travel that will result in programs focused on cultural diversity
  • Travel to locations that are preferably new to BGSU faculty-led programs or to an existing Education Abroad location that will attract a new population of students
  • Travel to destinations that are safe for students and faculty
  • Travel to develop programs that are affordable to BGSU students

A reviewing committee led by International Programs and Partnerships and Online and Summer Academic Programs will select proposals for funding 2022 programs. Exploratory travel is to occur during the 2020 Summer session, in order to meet the faculty-led Winter 2022 program submission deadline of November 1, 2020.

Please note:

  • Although efforts will be made to provide full funding, this is a competitive process with limited resources, so proposals may be partially funded.
  • Funds can only be used for the exclusive purpose of exploring new sites for faculty-led programs.

Schedule

March 1, 2020 Proposals due electronically
April 9, 2020 Awards announced
May/June/July (Summer Session), 2020 Travel to explore proposed site
Contact Information             

Questions about the RFP may be directed to Dr. Marcia Salazar-Valentine, Executive Director, International Programs and Partnerships or Michelle Ploeger, Coordinator of Education Abroad, International Programs and Partnerships.