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II Experiential Learning Fund (ELF)

Description: The International Institute Experiential Learning Fund is designed to support faculty-led group travel for undergraduate, graduate or professional school students wishing to incorporate an education abroad experiential component into an ongoing course, group internship, or other academic program during either winter break or spring-summer terms. Although grants are primarily for student costs and it is expected that most faculty costs will be covered by their home department, the International Institute will consider requests for no more than half of the cost of (non-student) expenses. Grants are up to $10,000.

Eligibility Criteria: Proposals must be from faculty and must make clear the experiential component of the program—“experiential” meaning student learning through participation in course-related activities outside the classroom. Proposals must also make clear the manner in which the program will give students an opportunity to acquire and use insights about the society in which the program (or its overseas component) will take place. Finally, proposals must identify the faculty member(s) who will be actively involved in site selection, planning, and evaluation of the overseas experience. In general, the expectation is that faculty will lead the trip. In some cases (e.g., group internships) faculty may appoint a colleague in-country to manage the trip. The International Institute has a preference for trips that include students from multiple units, as well as initiatives that have potential both for a continuing contribution to students at the University of Michigan and for long-term engagement with host country partners and institutions. Trips may be part of a non-credit experience, but should be part of a well-defined course or curricular program. Grants will not be awarded for humanitarian trips, projects with the primary purpose of service learning, or conference travel.

Deadline: December 1, 2016 and March 1, 2017. Requests for trips taking place over March recess 2016 must have been submitted by the December deadline. Requests for trips taking place during spring/summer 2016 may be submitted at either deadline (December or March).

Application Submission: Applications are now submitted through our online application system

In addition to completing an online application form, applicants should complete and upload the following:  

  1. Description of the project (4 pages maximum). Include information on the educational value of the experience to the participants. Be explicit about the experiential nature (hands-on component) of the trip. What makes the activities substantially different than classroom lectures on the Ann Arbor campus? The review committee is multidisciplinary and reviewers are not likely to be from your discipline. Also include the expected benefits to the host country institutions.
  2. ELF Budget Form Includes per-student cost for airfare, lodging, food, local transportation, visas, and required immunizations. Include other sources of funding (on or off-campus), if any.
  3. Itinerary. Provide a detailed plan for the entire trip, including all dates, locations, and brief description of activities.
  4. List of participants or a description of the selection process by which participants will be chosen
  5. Course syllabus that presents the trip’s academic content, outlines student learning outcomes, and provides a framework for how students will be evaluated.
  6. Endorsement from Chair/Dean of applicant's Department/School. Applicants will request an endorsement via their online application from their chair/dean. Chairs/Deans will be sent a link via email to complete their endorsement in the online application system.

Beth Dutridge-Corp (734-647-6902);; or schedule an appointment)