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Faculty-Staff Travel Seminar

The overarching purpose of the Rollins Internationalization Grant (RIG) program 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.
Dressed to impress in Japan!

2018 Faculty Staff Travel Seminar

Dressed to impress in Japan!

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.

Grant Criteria

  • Priority will be given to those applicants who have minimal international experience. For those with previous international experience, the best use of these funds would be to travel to an area of the world new to them.
  • Priority will be given to those whose proposals include clearly articulated goals related to the seminar: these may include: 1) teaching a new course or developing new course content on an area of the world where one has not previously traveled; 2) building content knowledge and establishing contacts abroad for the purposes of teaching or scholarship; 3) building a new program or co-curricular experience with an international focus. 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.
  • Family members and partners are not permitted to participate in any portion of the Travel Seminar. Should you wish to have family members join you, it must be prior to or after the group travel dates.
  • All participants who receive funding are required to participate fully in the course of group study prior to travel and any seminar events post-travel.
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.
Application and Review Process

  • Applicants must submit applications by 5 P.M. on the advertised deadline: typically in mid-October for a seminar the following summer
  • 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. The committee will not fund proposals that doo not meet the criteria for the program or lack clearly stated goals for and outcomes from the travel.
  • The committee will not review proposals that are incomplete and missing information, that seek funding for a project already supported in part by other internal Rollins' funding or are submitted by an individual who has not submitted reporting requirements for previous RIG travel.
  • Proposals will be reviewed by a sub-committee of the Global Initiatives Committee.
  • Application Form

Grant Amount and Costs Covered

Airfare will be booked for the group based on the trip itinerary. Participants who travel outside of the trip itinerary will be responsible for booking the flight; reimbursed only for the amount of the group flight; and responsible for submitting a Travel Expense Report via Chromeriver in a timely fashion.

The grant will cover up to $3500 per participant. There will be some expenses to be incurred by each participant – mostly some meals, taxis for travel outside of the group, etc. Group leaders will make this clear to participants prior to departure.

Grant Criteria

  • International group travel seminars are led by faculty or staff members with significant knowledge of or experience in a region of the world outside of the United States. Each group travel seminar must have a set of specific goals. A significant part of the travel itinerary must have an academic objective. These travel seminars should include a semester-long program of group study relating to the international experience prior to travel. Group travel seminars are limited to a maximum of 15 participants. We will fund only one group travel seminar per year. All travel must include significant interactions with the host population and/or the local environment.  Proposals must detail this component of the travel itinerary.
  • Each faculty or staff-led group travel seminar may have no more than two leaders. If there are two leaders, the proposal should indicate what role each leader will play during the pre-travel, travel and post-travel phases. In the case of a program led by two people, compensation will typically be shared evenly.
  • 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.
  • Family members and partners are not permitted to participate in any portion of the Travel Seminar. Should you wish to have family members join you, it must be prior to or after the group travel dates.
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.
  • Staff leaders will be considered on a case-by-case basis, with the endorsement of the relevant supervisor.
Application and Review Process

  • Applications are typically due by 5 P.M. on March 31 for seminars in the following academic year.
  • 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 globalization, its completeness, the quality of the project, and the likelihood that the applicant can and will complete the project.
  • The committee will not fund proposals that do not meet the criteria for the program, lack clearly stated goals for and outcomes from the travel, or lack a clear, detailed budget and rationale for all requested funds.
  • The committee will not review proposals that are incomplete and missing information, include budget requests exceeding $3500 per participant, seek funding for a project already supported in part by other internal Rollins' funding, or are submitted by an individual who has not met reporting requirements for prior RIG travel.
  • Proposals will be reviewed by a sub-committee of the Global Initiatives Committee.
  • 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.

Typically, seminar leaders are expected to assist in the collection of reports for the participants in their seminar.

Initial Report

Final Report