Quest Global Impact Awards
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The Quest Global Impact Awards fund proposals from VCU academic units to develop new and innovative programming in support of VCU’s three global priorities:
♦ improve the recruitment and retention of international students and scholars
♦ increase the global engagement of VCU students and faculty
♦ expand VCU’s global footprint through our research, teaching and service, particularly as they impact global health
Application deadline: January 15, 2017, 5 p.m.
Winning awards will be announced no later than March 1, 2017, and the funding period is FY2017 and FY2018 as needed.
The final number and amount of awards will depend on the merits of each proposal as determined by faculty reviewers and availability of funding.
Note: Applicants for the Generation Study Abroad Advisors Award must be nominated by the dean of the respective school/college. Deans are asked to submit a Letter of Nomination to R. McKenna Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than November 1, 2016.
Priority: Increase recruitment and retention of international students and scholars
The Global Visiting Scholar Award is intended to support departments or schools in hosting an international scholar who will enrich the learning and/or scholarship of the unit. Preference is given to proposals that include plans for high impact student experiences, or research collaborations with specific outcomes, such as peer-reviewed publications and/or, proposals for external funding. Hosting units are expected to provide additional support such as office space and lab equipment, and some stipend, often through an adjunct teaching assignment. The length of visits may range from one week to one academic year. GEO will be awarding up to 4 awards of $5,000 each.
Priority: Increase global engagement of VCU students and faculty
As one of the initial signatories to the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative, VCU commits to doubling the number of study abroad participants by the end of the decade. A university-wide collaboration is needed to inform and inspire students regarding the value of study abroad in their particular field and the numerous opportunities available. The Generation Study Abroad Advisors (GSAA) champion the value of education abroad in their disciplines and beyond. They collaborate with the VCU Education Abroad office in an effort to increase study abroad enrollments in their units. Advisors are expected to assist in effectively promoting appropriate education abroad programs within their respective departments and schools/colleges through creative means which may include social media, contests and special events that increase students’ awareness of the added value of international experience for their careers and knowledge of suitable study abroad programs. The advisors provide guidance to students and colleagues about education abroad opportunities and work closely with the Education Abroad office to confirm student enrollment. Advisors will be expected to commit an average of two hours per week (30 hours/semester) to planning and implementing activities related to education abroad advising, promotion, and identifying/developing valuable education abroad programs for their students’ specific interests and needs. GEO will award up to four awards of $2,500.
International Course Threads AwardThe International Course Threads Award seeks to create thematically coherent curricular clusters that enrich the global learning of our students by drawing connections based upon topics or themes among groups of existing VCU courses from different disciplines. Students completing three courses from a specified grouping have that choice designated on their transcripts.
GEO invites proposals that highlight our strengths in global health, take advantages of VCU’s urban location, and our regional/areas studies strengths. Proposals must be interdisciplinary and be globally focused. Students who enroll in one course in a thread will be encouraged to pursue appropriate paths through the entire thread, opening new pathways for exploration of international topic areas within and outside a student’s major field of study. Ideally, a student’s experience with a thread will culminate in an experiential component (e.g., study abroad, research project or internship), but this is not required for completion of the thread. GEO anticipates awarding a $2,500 stipend for up to three course threads leaders.
Review examples of the Course Thread model at the University of California Berkeley.
The Virtual Global Classroom Award is offered in partnership with the Office of Learning Innovation and Student Success to support a department or school that develops a sustainable application of technology in a course or courses that engages VCU students in structured, intentional collaboration with counterparts in other countries as part of their learning. GEO will be awarding up to four grants of $5,000 each.
GEO invites proposals in all disciplines and world regions, however, proposed projects involving China and/or global health are especially welcome.
Priority: Expand VCU’s global footprint through our research, teaching and service, particularly as they impact global health
The Faculty Development Seminar seeks to prepare participants to expand their international academic experiences and enrich the global dimensions of their teaching and research through connections with counterparts abroad. The 2017 Faculty Development Seminar’s destination is Mexico and Guatemala and will focus on the rich research, teaching and service collaboration potential for students and faculty that emerge through a closer acquaintance. Topics include the causes and impacts of immigration, indigenous communities and cultures, and relevant partner institutions both in the Richmond area and at seminar destinations. Successful applicants will participate in a spring semester pre-departure program which includes preparatory readings, lectures, and discussions as well as visits to local service providers. The group will then travel to meet with university, governmental and community counterparts to explore and/or strengthen collaborations appropriate to the faculty member’s interests and discipline. Travel typically occurs over the course of two weeks during the summer. All programming logistics will be handled by the Global Education Office, and faculty participants must be able to travel within the timeframe designated for the program. All expenses will be paid, although departmental cost-share is expected.