Program Development Grant

The purpose of these grants is to support the development, by UC faculty, to "re-start" faculty-led study abroad opportunities for UC students.

These awards are to be used for on-site program development travel during the spring and summer of 2022 and will support the offering of UC faculty-led study abroad programs  during 2022-2023 or 2023-2024.

Funding will be used to visit the site of the proposed program, set up student housing, develop local contacts, and make other arrangements necessary to implement such a program.

The following requests will not be considered:

  • Retroactive funding of trips already taken or currently underway at the time of the announcement of awards.
  • Trips for the sole purpose of attending or presenting a paper at an international conference or trips for research purposes.
  • Proposals requesting funding to develop exchange partner programs or other non faculty-led programs.


Proposals will be accepted from all levels/ranks of faculty as well as from staff with regular teaching duties. Preference will be given to proposals meeting any of the following criteria:

  • An experienced faculty-led study abroad leader who needs to revisit the site of a previously established study abroad program to re-connect with partners and establish pandemic related travel protocols.  
  • An experienced faculty-led study abroad leader who is seeking to develop a new destination for a faculty-led program.
  • A faculty member who is planning to collaborate with an existing program that ran in 2021-2022 but offer this opportunity to a new population of UC students.
  • Programs that focus on students who are currently under-represented in education abroad (minorities, STEM education, first generation, non-traditional students)
  • Programs that partner with a third-party study abroad provider (ex: World Strides, AIFS, CIEE, ISP) to provide logistics and on the ground support while abroad.
  • Courses that integrate into the departmental curriculum (count towards a student’s major in that department as either a requirement or an elective) and will be sustainable and recurring
  • Co-investment from the home department (this need not be an equal match, but some amount or “in-kind” contribution demonstrating the department’s commitment to internationalizing its curriculum)
  • Courses in partnership with UC International strategic partners

These grants are non-renewable and final amounts will be determined by the selection committee.  Awards are made to help offset program development international travel costs for university faculty and staff. Airfare or other travel requests must be economical and realistic.

To apply for the grant, complete the online application by Friday, March 11, 2022. You may need to login using your UC credentials.

The application packet materials should be compiled into a single scanned document and must include:

  1. A two-page (maximum), proposal addressing each of the evaluative criteria, including an explanation of why the applicant is qualified to lead such a program, and other relevant information such as local support
  2. A one-page itemized budget and explanation of each budget item (including sample budgets or itineraries from a study abroad third party provider)
  3. A statement of support (letter, email screenshot, etc.) from applicant’s Department or Unit Head that indicates how the study abroad course will be included in the curriculum and that the faculty member has department/College approval to offer this course in 2022-2023 or 2023-2024.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee who will make the final selection. Awards are anticipated to be announced within a month of the proposal deadline.

It is required that the proposal clearly and effectively demonstrates that the applicant is qualified to lead the proposed program.

  • Impact of proposal (50%) - Is this a proposal which will provide immediate and long term benefits to UC? Will it increase the study abroad opportunities for UC students? Does the proposal indicate significant engagement on the part of UC students in the planned activity? Will there be planned interaction between UC students and host country nationals? Will a good number of UC students be involved in this program (in contrast to only a few)? Is there a strong probability of program implementation and/or continuity if this proposal is funded? Is there evidence of positive departmental support for the proposed program?
  • Quality of proposal (40%) - Does the proposal articulate a well-thought-out plan for developing a study abroad course? Does the proposal contain creative ideas with a credible, appropriate, and attainable approach? Is the budget complete and realistic? Do you have a proposal from a third-party provider to support the program?
  • Cost-sharing (10%) - Is there any real cost sharing in the proposal (in contrast to a statement of “potential” or “possible” sources of additional funds)? 

Recipients will work with UC International to implement the programmatic aspects of the proposal:

  • Faculty travel is expected to be completed by the end of summer 2022.
  • Recipients will be required to meet with UC International Programs prior to travel to discuss any changes to the original proposal that may have arisen.
  • Funding will be transferred to the recipient’s Department. All travel requests will be completed by the grantee following university procedures/requirements in Concur (and any other international travel approval). It is the grantee’s responsibility to ensure that all relevant information is obtained and that the travel request is submitted for approval.
  • All travel expense reports will be submitted by the grantee in Concur, following university procedures/requirements.

Within 30 days of completing the funded activity, grantees will be required to submit a narrative report (2 pages maximum) of the trip to UC International Programs. Reports not submitted in a timely manner will render the grant recipient ineligible for future grants. 

After receipt of the report, recipients will be contacted for a meeting to begin planning the proposed study abroad course/program.