International Program Overview

The purpose of the UT Martin Faculty Development International Travel Grant Program is, in the words of Robert T. Voelkel (1980), "to encourage faculty members to venture outside areas of specialization and outside their own professional disciplines." To this end, the Program is designed to encourage faculty members to find new ways of thinking and new sources of ideas to bring back to their classrooms, where, ultimately, the mission of UT Martin - research, scholarship, and creative endeavors enhance teaching and enlarge knowledge - is realized.

 

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) manages the Faculty Development International Travel Grant Program that provides modest support for faculty development when funds are available. Priority will be given to faculty who have not participated in the Faculty Development International Travel Program and to fund proposals submitted by individual faculty members not involved in a group-travel endeavor.

 

Funds may be used for a group of up to ten faculty (including the group leader) for activities in non-native English-speaking countries. The maximum award is $1,000 per member. The Program will pay the group leader's expenses in accordance with UT Fiscal Policy for travel. The group leader must submit a proposal according to the Proposal Guidelines. A maximum of one group-international travel program will be funded in an academic year.

 

Regular, full-time faculty may apply for a Faculty Development International Travel grant. Other faculty/staff may participate, but they will not be eligible for financial assistance. Eligible participants may take one guest if space permits; however, UT Martin will not subsidize the guest's expenses. Faculty members who have previously been awarded monies for faculty development through international travel (individual or group) are ineligible to apply for the year following the travel award. Faculty members may submit subsequent applications and proposals for faculty development through international travel if the request is not for consecutive years, and they must show how the activities of the previous travel related back to the classroom. Faculty are eligible for only one Faculty Development International Travel grant, either individual or group, during an academic year.

 

Faculty Development International Travel Grant monies may be used to supplement activities engaged in during the Reagan Leave period. A faculty member is ineligible for a Faculty Development International Travel Grant for one fiscal year following culmination of the Reagan Leave.

 

Proposals must include the following section headings:

  1. Abstract: 250-word maximum
  2. Location of Proposed International Travel Activity
  3. Dates of Proposed International Travel Activity
  4. Purpose and Scope of Proposed Activity: Include how you intend to incorporate material into the classes you teach. Focus on classroom performance.
  5. Budget and Budget Narrative: Indicate all planned expenses and all sources of funding. If no matching is possible, please explain why.
  6. Total Requested: Maximum $1,000 per faculty member.

Proposals which do not meet guidelines will not be considered for funding. The application deadline is March 1, and the grant award period runs from July 1 until June 15 of the next fiscal year. An End Report is due in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs by July 31. This report should describe the project-related travel, including an explanation of how the objectives of the travel were met and how the results of the travel-related activities will be incorporated into the classroom. A syllabus of each course highlighting activities related to the international travel should be attached to the End Report.

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