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  • Program Terms: Academic Year
  • Restrictions: Butler applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Global Initiative Grant

In support of Butler University's strategic plan initiatives for comprehensive campus internationalization, funding is allocated by the Provost's Office, in conjunction with  the support, enthusiasm, and expertise of the Center for Global Education, for the following faculty and curricular development programs.

**Due to COVID-19:

  • Any grant with a travel component is postponed.

  • The 2021-2022 grant cycle has been cancelled

Area Studies Enhancement Grant Area studies enhancement grants of $3,000 to $4,000 are intended to support faculty participation in a formal faculty development program to enhance their knowledge and expertise in a region of the world germane to their teaching or scholarship. Programs of at least two weeks duration, undertaken abroad, are strongly preferred. See, for example, study abroad providers offer international faculty development seminars each year. See these links for opportunities: CIEE, SIT or IES. This is only illustrative of a very large number of other faculty development programs also would be appropriate for funding.  Grant funds can be used for program fees or tuition, instructional materials, living expenses, and international travel. They may not be used for stipends.

To Apply:

Click "Apply Now," log-in with your Butler Credentials (Do NOT use and select “Academic Year, 2020-2021”
In the application, you will complete:
  • General Information
  • Budget information (Travel, accommodations, per diem, tuition or program fee and any other costs)
  • A narrative statement (of no more than two pages or 1,000 words) describing the nature of the project to be undertaken and explaining how it will contribute to your professional development or to the internationalization of the curriculum. Indicate how the program will contribute to your professional development in teaching and/or scholarship.
  • An acknowledgement that you have shared this information with your Department Chair/Dean.
*You can "Save" your application and continue with that section at a later time. Once you "Submit" a section, you will not be allowed back into it.


Technical difficulties with the application, please contact Dena Roberts, Associate Director (317-940-3081;
Specific grant questions, please contact Jill McKinney, Director of the Center for Global Education (317-940-8473;


Eligibility for Butler's global initiative internal grants is limited to faculty who are in a tenure-track or tenured position, or who hold a full-time continuing appointment, at the time of the grant award.

Deadline: February 3, 2020

The deadline for receipt of 2020–2021 applications is February 3, 2020 by 11:00 PM. The grant year runs from June 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021. A faculty committee will read proposals and applicants will be notified of awards by March 2, 2020.

General Policies for Submission 

  • Because funding for the global initiative grants is limited, it is likely that between one and three awards will be made in each of the four categories each year.
  • Grant extensions—If an awardee is not able to undertake the program of activity proposed during the grant period, s/he will need to reapply in the following annual cycle. Summer awards will not be carried forward.
  • Awardees must submit a brief activity report, detailing what has been accomplished as well as future plans, to the Center for Global Education. The final report is due within 60 days following the close of the grant period. 
  • In the event that two proposals are of equal quality, the global initiative grants committee will give priority to proposals by tenure-track (but untenured) faculty members over proposals by tenured faculty members, and faculty who have not received an international curricular innovation grant in the previous three years. Previous awardees who have not submitted a final report will be ineligible for further funding until the final grant report is submitted.
  • In any fiscal year, a faculty member may receive funding in only one of the four global initiative categories.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.