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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.

Faculty-led Study Abroad - Scouting

Faculty members who are planning to lead a new short-term study program abroad may apply for up to $4,000 to support a scouting trip to the study program's intended destination in order to consolidate plans for accommodations, ground transport, site visits, participation by guest lecturers, and the like. Faculty can also use grant to join an existing faculty-led program to observe. Planning for such a program must be relatively advanced at the time of application. Successful applicants will be expected to offer the new program in the academic year or summer following the scouting trip. Potential applicants should consult at an early stage with their department chair (if applicable) and with their college dean to insure that their proposed study program is consistent with the department's and the college's mission and priorities for international engagement. When the dean's support has been obtained, the applicant should consult with Dena Mulligan, Associate Director for Faculty-Led Programs, regarding the University's policies and guidelines for faculty-led programs abroad.
Student demand, safety, and overall program portfolio will be considered in the proposed location of a new study abroad program.

An additional $1,000 could be available to applicants who arrange to visit an exchange partner near the location of the faculty development program. Upon return, the applicant must occasionally meet with students who are interested studying abroad at this exchange partner.

Additional information about faculty-led programs can be found here:

To Apply

Click "Apply Now," log-in with your Butler Credentials (Do NOT use and select “Academic Year, 2023-2024”
What you need to provide in the application:
  • General Information
  • Upload a draft syllabus
  • Upload a day-by-day Itinerary for your planned study abroad program
  • Budget information (Travel, accommodations, per diem and any other costs)
  • A brief statement of the contribution the proposed study program will make to the department’s or college’s educational mission and a description of their own prior experience in, and knowledge of, the destination country or region. If you want to apply for the additional $1,000 visit to an exchange partner, describe how a visit will increase student participation and strengthen the exchange relationship.
  • 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 Mulligan, Associate Director (317-940-3081;
Specific grant questions, please contact Jill McKinney, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs | Director of Global Engagement (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 24, 2023

The deadline for receipt of 2023–2024 applications is February 24, 2023 by 11:00 PM. The grant year runs from June 1, 2023 through May 31, 2024. Applicants will be notified of awards by March 17, 2023.

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 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 global initiative categories.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2024-2025 03/08/2024 03/20/2024 TBA TBA