The focus of the Global Education Grants for Program Development (GEO Grants) is to provide seed money to individual faculty or groups of faculty interested in increasing study abroad participation, through either faculty-led or custom program initiatives. Funds can be used to develop a new program or enhance existing programs. Typically, funds are requested for international travel to conduct a site visit in order to evaluate a study abroad location from an academic and student-service perspective, establish networks and partners in-country, and begin the groundwork for program and logistical planning.
The proposed programs/initiatives should be integrated into departmental curricula in ways that promote academic and financial sustainability. In addition, the program/initiative should be strategic, framed within a college or department’s established plan for internationalization and integrated into that unit’s offerings.
Specific application cycles may have designated priority areas in which awards will receive preference.