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II Experiential Learning Fund (ELF)

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.

Application Deadline:

December 1, 2017 and March 1, 2018

  • Requests for trips taking place over March recess 2018 must be submitted by the December deadline.
  • Requests for trips taking place during spring/summer 2018 may be submitted at either deadline (December or March).

For questions about the award or application, contact:

Beth Dutridge-Corp (734-647-6902);

Application Submission:

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

1. Description of the project (4 pages single-spaced maximum).

Successful applications will clearly present information on the educational value of the experience to the participants. Project descriptions should be explicit about the experiential nature (hands-on component) of the trip, and address what makes the activities substantially different than classroom lectures on the Ann Arbor campus and the expected benefits to the host country institutions.

Note: the review committee is multidisciplinary and reviewers are not likely to be from your discipline.  

2. Detailed Trip Itinerary that presents a plan for the entire trip, including all dates, locations, and brief description of activities.

3. List of participants or a description of the selection process by which participants will be chosen.

4. Detailed Course syllabus that presents the trip’s academic content, outlines student learning outcomes, and provides a framework for how students will be evaluated.

5. Endorsement from Chair or Dean of applicant's Department/School. Applicants will request an endorsement via their online application from their chair. Chairs will be sent a link via email to complete their endorsement in the online application system.

6. Completed ELF Project Expense sheet that includes per-student cost for airfare, lodging, food, local transportation, visas, and required immunizations. Any other sources of funding (on or off-campus), if any, should also be included.


Eligibility Criteria:

  • 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.
  • Proposals must be from faculty and identify the faculty member(s) who will be actively involved in site selection, planning, and evaluation of the overseas experience. It is expected that faculty will lead the trip. In some cases (e.g., group internships) faculty may appoint a colleague in-country to manage the trip.
  • Proposals must make clear the experiential component of the program—“experiential” meaning student learning through participation in course-related activities outside the classroom - and 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.
  • 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.