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Center for Global Education
Center for Global Education

Global Initiative Grants

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 previously awarded grant with a travel component is postponed.

  • the 2021-2022 grant cycle has been cancelled.

Foreign Language Enhancement Grants

For intensive programs, foreign language enhancement grants of $3,000 to $4,000 are intended to support faculty who wish to participate in an intensive language acquisition or language enhancement program germane to their teaching or scholarship. The language program, normally undertaken during the summer months, must be at least three weeks in duration and carry formal academic credit of at least three credits.  Programs undertaken abroad are strongly preferred, but intensive domestic programs will also be considered for funding.  Grant funds can be used for program tuition, textbooks and related instructional materials, living expenses and domestic or international travel. These awards may not be used for stipends.

For one-on-one tutoring, grants of up to $1,200 may be issued for people with already established proficiency and specific language needs. These grants are intended to be used to pay tutoring fees and associated FICA contributions only.

Click for the foreign language enhancement grant application.

Area Studies Enhancement Grants 

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, the international faculty development seminars offered each year by CIEE. 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.

Click for the area studies enhancement grant application.

On-Campus Course Internationalization Grants

This program supports the incorporation of substantial international or global content in newly developed courses or in significantly revised existing courses in any academic discipline. The maximum award is $1,200. A summer stipend of up to $1,000 can be a part of the award. The award can be used to purchase audio-visual materials, publications, and other materials to assist in course preparation. The applicant must teach the course supported by the grant during the following academic year and expect to offer it periodically thereafter. (Note: Because other funds are available for the purpose, courses for Global and Historical Studies courses will not be supported by these course internationalization grants.)

Click for the on-campus course internationalization grant application.

Scouting Grants for Faculty-led Study Programs Abroad

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. 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 Jill McKinney, Director of Study Abroad, regarding the University's policies and guidelines for faculty-led programs abroad.

Click for the scouting grant for faculty-led study programs abroad grant application.

Application Details


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. 

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.
  • Application submission is electronic—full details about the application process is available on the application form for each of the grants.