Mentoring Grant

UC International offers faculty-led study abroad mentoring grants to provide funding for recipients to travel with a short-term study abroad program and be mentored by an experienced faculty/staff member.

Through the grants, UC International is supporting the development and sustainability of education abroad opportunities for UC students by providing an opportunity for UC faculty and staff who have not previously led a short-term education abroad program to gain experience in doing so. 

Mentoring grant recipients are expected to travel, as a mentee, in 2019-2020 (during spring break 2020, May break 2020 or summer semester 2020).

  • Faculty grant recipients are expected to lead a faculty-led study abroad course in the 2020-2021 academic year that will lead to an increase in student participation in study abroad.
  • Staff grant recipients are expected to develop an “outreach project” that will lead to an increase in student participation in study abroad in their department(s) or campus-wide.

Eligibility

Proposals will be accepted from all levels/ranks of faculty and staff. Preference will be given to proposals meeting any of the following criteria:

  • all levels/ranks of faculty, and staff members who work directly with students (academic advisors are encouraged to apply) 
  • applicants who have not led, co-led, or participated as a mentee in an education abroad program before
  • availability to travel as a mentee on a study abroad program taking place in 2019-2020 (during spring break 2020, May break 2020 or summer semester 2020).
  • faculty and/or staff who work with students who are currently under-represented in education abroad (ethnic minorities, STEM, first generation, non-traditional students, etc.)
  • faculty who intend to offer a 2020-2021 course that will be integrated into the departmental curriculum (count towards a student’s major as a requirement or an elective) and will be sustainable and recurring.

These grants are non-renewable and final amounts will be determined by the selection committee. Awards are made only for the purpose of funding the international travel costs that would be incurred by the mentee. Retroactive funding of trips already taken or currently underway at the time of the announcement of awards will not be considered. 

To apply for the grant, email an application packet to Anne Sheridan Fugard by the deadline. The application packet should include all required documentation as a single scanned document.

  • A completed and signed application form;
  • A two-page (maximum), single-spaced essay addressing
    • Why are you interested in gaining experience in understanding faculty-led study abroad programs?
    • How will your participation benefit students and increase study abroad numbers at UC?
    • How will you and your department/unit benefit from your participation?
    • Are you working with a “Strategic Partner”?
    • Faculty: Describe the course you intend to lead and how you are qualified to lead this program, if awarded this grant. 
    • Staff: Describe the “outreach project” that you plan to implement and how this will lead to better serving under-represented students in study abroad, if awarded this grant.
    • (Optional) Is there a specific program or location offered in 2019-2020 that aligns well with your goals listed above?
  • Letter of support (can be submitted via email) from applicant’s Department or Unit Head:
    • Faculty applicants letter of support should:
      • Support of program involvement and travel with a mentor during 2019-2020 (during spring break 2020, May break 2020 or summer semester 2020).This might include time away from the office for both program planning throughout the semester and for international travel for 1-3 weeks
      • Support for teaching and leading a 2020-2021 study abroad course
      • Confirm that the applicant’s future study abroad course aligns with the strategic vision of the department/college
    • Staff applicants letter of support should:
      • Express support of program involvement and travel with a mentor during 2019-2020 (during spring break 2020, May break 2020 or summer semester 2020). This might include time away from the office for both program planning throughout the semester and for international travel for 1-3 weeks
      • Support of the applicant’s proposed “outreach project” and its intention of increasing the department’s study abroad participants
      • Confirm the applicant’s proposed “outreach project” can be reasonably implemented and is sustainable

A committee selected by UC International Programs will review proposals and make preliminary decisions. The committee will work with potential faculty leader mentors to match mentor with mentee (grant recipients).

Selected grant recipients will be notified and asked to meet with their assigned faculty leader/mentor. A good fit between the faculty/staff leader and the mentee is important for a successful program. In addition, it is important that the mentee fully understand the nature and requirements of the travel component, to assess whether that particular travel experience is a good fit.

After the mentor/mentee meeting, final decisions will be made by the committee. Awards will be announced no later than one month after grant deadline.

Recipients will work with UC International to implement the proposal.

  • Recipients will be required to meet with UC International prior to travel and participate in any required training.
  • Funding will be transferred to the mentor’s study abroad program account to cover travel costs for the mentee within the program budget
  • All travel requests and travel expense reports will be submitted in Concur following university procedures/requirements. 

Within 30 days of completing the funded activity, grantees will be required to email a narrative report of their experience (2 pages maximum) to Anne Sheridan Fugard.

Reports not submitted in a timely manner will render the grant recipient ineligible for future grants.