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Rollins International Grants (RIG) Individual

The overarching purpose of Rollins Internationalization Grants is to support Rollins’ mission of global citizenship and responsible leadership and the college’s efforts to internationalize the campus community by funding eligible international trips by faculty and staff.

International Development: The international experience will directly support efforts by faculty and staff to develop curricular programs, significantly enhance the international content of an existing course, develop a new internationally-focused course, and/or create larger curricular or co-curricular programs that are internationally focused. Priority will be given to support first-time applicants and applicants proposing innovative interdisciplinary and intra-institutional collaboration.

Professional Development: The international experience will permit the applicant to understand better some aspect of the culture, society, politics, or history of a part of the world outside the U.S. The international experience must have a scholarly focus, directly informing the applicant’s work with the Rollins community.

  • Travel should be aligned with one of the specific purposes outlined above. The entire itinerary must have an academic objective. All travel must include significant interactions with host population or local environment.  Proposals must detail this component of the travel. 
  • Priority will be given to those whose proposals include one of the following: 1) developing a new field study; 2) teaching a new course on an area of the world where one has not previously traveled; 3) building a new program with an international focus; 4) building a co-curricular experience; 5) establishing a relationship with an institution abroad. Other proposals will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Priority will be given to those who have not traveled using funding from this program during the last five years. Applicants who have traveled using funding from this program during the last five years may apply, but their applications will be considered on a case by case basis and funded only if there is a particularly compelling reason why their travel must take place within the five-year time frame.
  • Rollins Internationalization Grants may not be combined with any other source of internal funding.
  • On their applications, applicants must provide concrete examples of the positive contributions that will result from their travel.  Participants will then be held accountable in two post-travel reports—see details below. Participants who fail to submit reports will be ineligible to receive funding for seven years after their date of travel (the equivalent of the standard five year waiting period plus an additional two year wait).
  • Grants are subject to budgetary availability.
  • Grants may only be used to fund travel outside of the U.S. for the reasons listed above. They may not be used for any other purpose.
  • Funds awarded in a given academic year must be used by August 31st of that same academic year (i.e. funds from grants awarded in 2018-19 must be used by 8/31/2019).

Eligibility:

  • Tenured faculty and full-time tenure-track faculty with continuing contracts.
  • Other faculty with an endorsement from the department chair, who must confirm that the faculty member has been teaching at Rollins for at least two semesters and that the individual is on the teaching schedule for the term following the grant travel.
  • Head coaches, staff who teach 2-semester-hour courses, or who teach a minimum of 2 semester hours a year, and program directors who work closely with students; other exceptions will be considered by the committee.
  • Staff whose work contributes closely to the Rollins’ internationalization mission but who do not meet the above criteria will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The proposal must demonstrate how the activity will advance the goals of Rollins internationalization efforts and satisfy the above criteria. For all staff participants, the supervisor must endorse the proposal.

Faculty members are encouraged to submit applications at any time during the academic year until 5 P.M. on December 1 for the fall cycle and until 5 P.M. on May 1st for the spring cycle. Applications will not be reviewed between December 1 and January 15 or during the summer months. Please remember that while proposals will be reviewed in a spirit of collegiality, there is no discipline specific review. Objectives must be well conceived, clearly stated, and written in a language that can be understood by a general audience.  Each proposal will be evaluated on whether or not it meets the criteria stated above, how it contributes to Rollins’ mission of internationalization, its completeness, the quality of the project, and the likelihood that the applicant can and will complete the project. Proposals will be reviewed by a sub-committee of the Global Initiatives Committee.


The committee will not fund proposals that have the following characteristics:

  • Do not meet the criteria for the program.
  • Lack clearly stated goals for and outcomes from the travel.
  • Lack a clear, detailed budget and rationale for all requested funds.
  • The travel experience has already occurred.
  • Are for the purpose of traveling to a conference, meeting, or other organized proceedings.
The committee will not review proposals:
  • That are incomplete and missing information.
  • With requests exceeding $3500
  • From faculty or staff members who have received funding from this committee during the last five years, except under special circumstances, as specified above.
  • From faculty or staff members who have not submitted a Final Report on the outcomes of previous grant awards.
  • That seek funding for a project already supported in part by other internal Rollins’ funding. 

Application Form

Following the expenditure of a grant award, all recipients are required to file a preliminary report on their experiences/ accomplishments. Initial reports are due within 60 days of returning from travel.
All recipients are then required to file a final report on the progress towards intended outcomes detailed in the grant application. Final reports are due within one year of returning home from travel.
Both reports must be submitted via a Qualtrics survey. 

Initial Report
Final Report