The Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) offers six grant opportunities (up to $155,000 in awards) for Illinois State faculty members. These grants help advance the internationalization efforts of the University and provide new options for the Illinois State community to learn about different topics and issues from around the world.
OISP requests proposals for the 2019-20 International Seminar Series. We invite applications for semester-long international seminars focused on global, comparative, or trans-area international themes. International Seminar Series applications should be submitted by at least two individuals who are members of the faculty or academic staff affiliated with different academic programs. OISP will provide a startup budget of up to $20,000 per semester to cover expenses associated with the series. Funding can be used to bring in outside speakers, run symposiums, fund video conferencing, or promote events related to the international seminar theme. Funds cannot be used for stipends or salaries of the grantees.
OISP funds the Internationalizing the Curriculum of a Major (ICM) grant, which is designed to enhance internationalization of the undergraduate student experience. The emphasis of ICM grants is developing rigorous, innovative approaches in teaching, learning, and research that strengthen the integration of global content and cross-cultural competence within the curriculum of a major. ICM grants are administered jointly by OISP and the International Studies Advisory Council (ISAC). Up to $30,000 will be allocated. The goal is to create greater opportunities for exposing students to the breadth of cultures and languages, and to expand their exposure to, and familiarity with, global issues and diverse international perspectives. The ICM grants may focus on interdisciplinary approaches to internationalizing the major.
OISP has established a grant to support the creation of new faculty-led study abroad programs. This grant will support costs associated with development and implementation of new study abroad programs. Two grant categories are available:
OISP has established an international travel grant program in the amount of $20,000 for the academic year 2019–2020. The FITG seeks to support initiatives/activities that contribute to the internationalization of the University and that are consistent with the global dimensions of the University's strategic plan –Educate, Connect, Elevate. Ten grants of up to $2,000 each will be awarded.
OISP funds the Going Global with your Course grant to help faculty revise or revamp a course to make it more globally engaged, in keeping with the global dimensions of the University's strategic plan. Faculty will become aware of current paradigms shaping the internationalization of higher education and how these have been conceptualized and operationalized. Faculty will also learn about common and effective approaches for creating global courses. Faculty will become familiar with books, organizations, websites, and technological tools that can help you design or redesign your course. Faculty will also hear from others who have recently gone global with their own courses. A $750 stipend is available to eligible participants who complete the program. Participation is limited to 20 faculty. This opportunity is offered in collaboration with Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT).
OISP funds the Global Engagement Learning Grants, which support the incorporation of the global dimensions of the University's strategic plan into students' curricular experiences. Grants reimburse faculty for expenses directly associated with course-based events, activities, or projects that "prepare students to excel in a globally competitive, culturally diverse, and changing environment." Awards are up to $500 each. A maximum of 10 grants are awarded each academic year. Applications are accepted at any time before the start of the activity or event.