Mentoring Grant

UC International offers mentoring grants to fund travel for the training and development of future faculty-led study abroad leaders. 

Through these grants, UC International seeks to support the development and sustainability of education abroad opportunities for UC students. 

Deadline for Nominations

All fall 2022 faculty leaders are eligible to nominate a faculty member for a faculty mentoring grant. The deadline for mentoring grant nominations is March 15, 2022.

Mentoring in COVID-19

As study abroad re-builds, our focus is to expand our network of leaders who have experience with group travel during COVID-19. The Mentoring Grant seeks to train as many leaders as possible in understanding the new context of international travel given the array of travel restrictions and precautions that have complicated travel from what it was prior to the pandemic.

Mentoring grants will be made available to approved programs in order to fund the travel of additional leaders.

Mentoring grant recipients must be nominated by an approved faculty leader and are expected to travel as a mentee in Fall 2022.


All fall 2022 faculty-led programs are eligible to nominate a faculty member for a faculty mentoring grant. In the past, the mentoring grants were typically for faculty who had never led a program abroad before. Due to the changing landscape of travel during times of COVID, for fall 2022 only UC International is considering any faculty member (including co-leaders) as a possible mentee to learn first-hand about group travel and COVID related complexities.

Faculty mentees must be willing and able to travel on Fall 2022 faculty-led programs. Travel will take place during winter break, December 2022 - January 2023, and will vary by program. 

Experienced faculty leaders who have not led a program since Spring 2020 as well as potential new leaders are eligible to receive the grant.  

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. 

Awards will be made available to an individual program upon approval to offer a faculty-led program by the International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC). 

Recipients will work with UC International to implement the proposal.

  • 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 Fugard.

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