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Faculty/Staff International Development
The University of Idaho is happy to offer international opportunities to their faculty and staff.  Find more information below!

USAC Faculty/Staff International Development Award

CIEE International Faculty Development Seminars

Canadian Grant Programs

German Grants for Faculty & Administrators

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USAC Faculty/Staff International Development Awards (FIDA)

The University of Idaho (UI) and the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) invite faculty and professional staff who would like to spend a month overseas learning a new language and/or culture and who want to promote internationalization at the UI to apply for a Faculty/Staff International Development Award (FIDA). 

FIDA recipients attend a USAC summer program as students, studying the local language and/or taking regional classes, enhancing their understanding of different cultures with the help of a grant covering tuition and a stipend of $1500 to use toward the cost of housing and airfare.  Countries available include Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic,  France, Germany, Ghana, India, Italy, Spain, or Thailand.

Eligibility:  Applicants must be full-time assistant, associate, or full professors, or professional staff (full-time board appointed or exempt).  Preference is given to applicants with limited experience living abroad.  Applicants must be returning on contract to the University of Idaho the following academic year. 

Award Details:  The number of awards given annually varies.  Historically, 2-5 awards have been given.  Award covers tuition for selected one-month summer USAC program plus a stipend ($2000) intended to cover airfare and a portion, if not all, of the housing costs (additional expenses are the responsibility of the recipient).

Deadlines:  December 3rd, 2012 for a summer 13 program.

Program Details:  To learn more about the summer USAC programs available (descriptions of each location, tours available, course offerings, and dates, and much more), go to:  http://usac.unr.edu and follow the links for summer programs.  The summer 2013 information is now available.  You may download an application and get started now!
Note:  Be sure to look at the specific sites listed in the application as not all USAC summer sites are available for the FIDA.

FIDA Extended Application (pdf)

Applications should be submitted to the UI Study Abroad Office in LLC Building # 3, Ground Floor (campus zip 1250).

For More Information:  If you have further questions regarding the UI/USAC Faculty/Staff International Development Award (FIDA), please contact Colton Oliphant in the UI Study Abroad Office at (208) 885-7870 or colton@uidaho.edu.

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CIEE International Faculty Development Seminars

CIEE faculty seminars are more than guided tours.  They are intensive educational experiences designed to explore fascinations, challenge preconceptions, and open eyes to global issues shaping the world today.  Each program features lectures, site visits, and discussions with overseas colleagues.  Participants return to campus poised to incorporate an international dimension into administration, course design, research, and teaching.  96% of attendees polled indicated that the seminar had a significant impact on his/her professional life.

Choose from unique and challenging seminar themes offered in an array of countries that span the globe.  Analyze the political and socio-economic transformation of Southern China, unravel the mystery of India, or encounter contemporary Arab culture and society in Jordan. 

Study with CIEE, the leading non-profit, non-governmental international education organization.  Since 1990, CIEE has offered over 150 seminars worldwide, helping over 2400 faculty and administrators like you increase their international awareness and transform their campus and curricula. 

Eligibility:  Faculty or administrators at the college or university level with any academic concentration are encouraged to apply.  Participants do not need to be experts on the seminar topic or region.

Length/Dates of Seminars:  Vary according to program, but range from 7-14 day itineraries, some with extension possibilities.  All seminars are offered in the summer months, from late May through late July.   

Seminar Fees:  Vary according to program, but range from $2300 to $3600.  Fees generally cover the Academic program (all lectures, site visits, study tours, and seminar materials), accommodation in single rooms (unless informed in advance), two meals daily (typically breakfast and lunch), welcome and farewell receptions, transportation to included activities, entrance fees for included excursions, on-site representative, one CIEE airport pick-up/drop-off coordinated around the majority of arrivals and departures, international medical insurance and 24 hour worldwide assistance provided through the iNext travel card, pre-departure support (including IFDS advisors, detailed online pre-departure information, and visa assistance). 
Not included:
  the cost of a passport, international airfare, port of entry visa fees (if applicable), visas that vary from seminar group processing, most dinners, international departure taxes, excess baggage charges, porterage, tips, or any incidental expenses.

Deadlines:  February 15.  We encourage you to apply early as seminars fill quickly.

Funding:  CIEE's Ping Fellowships provide assistance to faculty and administrators from CIEE or CIEE Academic Consortium member institutions, community colleges, or Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to participate on IFDS programs. Awards are in the amount of $1500 and are applied toward the applicant’s program fee.

Fellowship Application Deadline:  January 15 for the following Summer

For More Information:  go to:  www.ciee.org/ifds.  Catalogs are also available in the UI Study Abroad Office.  Contact the UI Study Abroad Office at (208) 885-7870 or abroad@uidaho.edu.

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Canadian Research Grants

  • Canadian Studies Program Enhancement Grant - institutional grant that that provides funding for Canadian activities in any academic department or college. This program supports a series of activities that happen on campus in a given academic year.

  • Faculty Research Grant Program assists individual scholars or teams of scholars in writing an article-length manuscript of publishable quality with a focus on Canada or Canada-U.S. relations. Grants up to $15,000 ($20,000 if matching funds secured). Applications typically due: 1st of November - check website for specific deadlines each year.

  • Doctoral Student Research Award offers doctoral students an opportunity to conduct part of their dissertation research in Canada. The program is intended for students whose dissertations are related in substantial part to the study of Canada. Awards up to $10,000. Applications due: 1st of December - check website for specific deadlines each year.

  • Faculty Enrichment (Course Development) Grant provides faculty members an opportunity to develop or update a course with substantial Canadian content that will be offered as part of their regular teaching load. Awards up to $6,000, with an extra $5,000 available to support student travel to Canada. Applications due: 1st of December - check website for specific deadlines each year.

  • Student Mobility Program supports short-term initiatives involving exchanges and/or study tours to Canada. Awards up to $10,000 CAD. Applications typically due:  February 1st for trips happening after April 1st of the same year.


  • Conference Grant Program supports conferences that address important and timely issues about Canada, its relationship with the U.S., or its international affairs. Funding up to $15,000. If matching funds are available up to $20,000 can be requested. Applications due June 30 - check website for specific deadlines each year.

  • North American Research Linkages Grant designed to facilitate North American collaboration within the academic community. Fosters permanent exchange networks by providing assistance to teams of researchers from Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. Grants up to $20,000 CDN. Applications due May 1 - check website for specific deadlines each year.

The Canadian Government is particularly interested in projects that have policy relevance for Canada and Canada-U.S. relations. Topics that are highly relevant to Canada-U.S. relations include smart and secure borders; North American economic competitiveness; regulatory cooperation; Canada-U.S. trade and investment partnership; energy security and sustainability; environmental sustainability; emergency planning and management; Canada-U.S. security and defense cooperation; Canada in Afghanistan; global health policy; and changing demographics in North America.

In 2008-09, the Canadian Studies Grant Program provided support to faculty, researchers, and graduate students at 79 universities, colleges, and institutions in 29 states. More than 100 projects were funded on a wide range of topics and in many disciplines. Click here for a list of recent grant recipients and their projects.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to discuss their interest in the grant program with a Canadian government officer in their area.

We invite faculty and students to subscribe to Canada Watch, a weekly summary of the publications and commentaries from Canadian think tanks and research centers on a wide range of Canadian and Canada-U.S. issues; NewsCan, a weekly summary of news from Canada; and the Canada-U.S. Business and Economic Monitor. Connect2Canada updates are now available on Twitter and Facebook.

Information provided by the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle, WA.

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German Grants for Faculty & Administrators
(visit http://www.daad.org/page/46364/ for complete offerings)


  • Faculty Research Grant
    • For scholars holding PhDs who have been researching/teaching full time for at least 2 years
    • Grant for one to three months; all disciplines
    • €1,840-€2240 per month
    • Deadlines: May 15 & October 15 of each year
  • Faculty-led Group Study Visit Grant
    • 10-15 students (+ 1 accompanying faculty member) for a 7-12 day trip to Germany
    • DAAD offers up to around €9,500 to subsidize room and board
    • Deadlines: May 1, November 1, February 1of each year
  • DAAD Visiting Professorships (for German Universities to host an international lecturer)
    • Funding to serve as a visiting professor at a German university
    • Duration:1 semester – 2 years
    • Application submitted by the German host
    • Deadlines: July 15 & January 15 of each year
  • Short-Term Lectureships (for U.S. universities to host a guest lecturer from Germany)
    • Host institution must provide a monthly honorarium of $2200, remaining costs & salary paid by DAAD
    • Duration:1 -6 months
    • Application submitted by the German host
    • Deadlines 4x annually, see website for details
  • RISE Worldwide
    • Host a German bachelor’s student for the summer as a research assistant in your lab
    • For any science/engineering field
    • Deadline late November, see website for details
  • Learn German in Germany
    • 4 weeks of language classes at a Goethe-Institut in Germany
    • Stipend of €1,700 covers tuition, health insurance, room and partial board
    • Deadline: January 31, 2013
  • Germany Today
    • 4 weeks of language classes at a Goethe-Institut in Germany
    • Annual week-long tour of German universities and research institutions
    • For faculty and administrators
    • DAAD covers all costs except airfare to Germany
    • Takes place every June
    • Deadline: Feb/March of each year, see website for more details
  • Science Tour
    • Annual week-long tour of German research institutions, university research and research done by German industry
    • For faculty and administrators
    • Themes rotate each year, examples are: Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, Biology
    • Deadline: October of each year, the trip is in December