Each year, two(2) $2500 Faculty Development Grants will be available to faculty interested in developing a course that involves a study abroad experience. There are two formats for such courses, and one of these $2500 grants will be awarded for each type of study abroad course:
- Spring Semester “Break Away” courses : course that meets on-campus during the entire Spring semester AND includes an obligatory, integrated study trip during the Spring Break for ALL students enrolled in the course.
- Summer Session courses: A course that occurs abroad during 1-6 weeks of the summer May-July
Faculty Development Grants will be announced each year in December and have an application deadline of February 1st. Awardees will be funded for exploratory travel that MUST be accomplished by the end of the current fiscal year, June 30th.
2-3 Page Narrative:
Write a 2-3 page narrative that MUST include the following sections:
- Course Title and Concept
- Course Audience: Who is likely to take this course? (e.g. majors? Freshmen? Students from the entire university or only students in a particular school? Does the course satisfy any Univeristy CORE requirements? etc.)
- Destination and Study Trip Duration: Summer can be 1-6 weeks; Spring Break is fixed at 1 week
- Preliminary Feasibility Assessment: Feasibility refers to time, cost and safety concerns. For instance, if you’re thinking about a Spring Break Away study trip, the cost must be limited to $2000-$2500. The short time and the small budget preclude distant destinations like Asia where the airfare would take most of the budget. In terms of safety, Duquesne University does NOT allow University-sponsored travel to destinations on the State Department Travel Warning list.
- Academic Integration: How will the academic and travel components be integrated? What resources available in the foreign location will possibly be utilized? How will you prepare students in advance such that they can get the most out of their time abroad? How can you structure reflective activities during and after the travel component?
- Student Learning Outcomes: List 3-5 Learning Outcomes facilitated by the study abroad component
- Mission Fit: How does this course and study trip support the mission/aims of your department/school/Duquesne University?
Criteria for Selection
What Kinds of Programs Work and What Kinds Don't Work as Well
A Complete Application:
- Application, signed by your department chair and dean
- 2-3 Page narrative attached
Deadline: February 1st
Dr. Roberta C. Aronson, Executive Director, International Programs