Fall 2020 International Programs Grant Programs

Assuming that we will be able to implement May and Summer study abroad programs, the traditional SAIL grant program that supports faculty-led study abroad is accepting applications in 2020. Please see the SAIL information at the bottom of this page. Meanwhile, in response to current constraints on mobility that have impacted many Purdue University students’ opportunities to engage internationally, the Dean of International Programs has added new funding options designed to support efforts toward innovation in the virtual realm. Purdue faculty and staff on the West Lafayette campus are eligible for the new Virtual Experiential Intercultural Learning (VEIL) Grant program, which encourages the development of new online courses or projects with international partners that intentionally plan for intercultural learning outcomes, as well as this fall's special Virtual Intercultural Pedagogy Grant. The application deadline for both of these new programs is August 31, 2020.

Virtual Experiential Intercultural Learning (VEIL) Grant

International Programs is pleased to announce a new 2020 grant program, Virtual Experiential Intercultural Learning (VEIL). This fall semester, VEIL grants will be offered to Purdue WL faculty and staff who are interested either in creating new future programs or in revising an existing course/project to include virtual interactive opportunities for students enrolled in a Purdue course with students enrolled in an overseas institution.

Faculty/staff may seek one of two VEIL program options:

  1. Project-based: With an international partner institution, incorporate a student team of six (6) or more students (minimum 3 from Purdue and 3 from abroad) to advance an existing or a new research endeavor or applied design project. Faculty/staff on both sides are expected to mentor students who advance the goals of the research/project. Students involved will be mentored by CILMAR staff in intercultural learning as part of a structured but individualized professional development program. Projects often span multiple semesters, but students may choose to be involved for only one. Course credit can be offered via Purdue's Vertical Integrative Program (VIP) located within the College of Engineering.  More information on this project-based option can be found here. Carla Zoltowski (VIP) and Mike Brzezinski (IP) will meet with grant recipients to review expectations. Inquiries prior to submission of the application can be referred to Dean Brzezinski at: mbrzezinski@purdue.edu

  2. Course-based: Create regularly scheduled interactive opportunities for students enrolled in a Purdue course with students located abroad. Such peer intercultural learning opportunities could follow a COIL (collaborative online international learning) model that connects two classes at partner international institutions, leverage turnkey solutions offered by third party providers, and/or embed Purdue students in organizations or communities abroad.  

Additional Information

  1. Intercultural learning (ICL) outcomes and assessment of such outcomes need to be incorporated explicitly into all VEIL programs. The Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research (CILMAR) will assist faculty/staff to identify learning outcomes and appropriate assessment options.
  2. A VEIL grant in the form of discretionary funds in the amount of $3,000 will be awarded at the conclusion of the course/project and after a report of analyzed student ICL assessments has been submitted to CILMAR.
  3. VEIL applicants who enroll in the Fall 2020 Intercultural Pedagogy Program (IPG), which has been revised from previous years to now focus on virtual intercultural learning, will be given priority. VEIL funds of $3000 are in addition to IPG stipends of $3000.
  4. VEIL research endeavors, projects, or courses that include a minimum of six (6) Purdue students for a semester or longer will be eligible for a $5,000 grant (instead of $3,000).

Application Process

Submit a letter of application, of no more than two pages, as an e-mail attachment to Mike Brzezinski, Dean, International Programs, mbrzezinski@purdue.edu, with a cc to the International Programs Officer of your college/school. In your letter, please

  • identify if the VEIL award will be for a research endeavor/design project or for a spring semester course
  • list the name of your overseas faculty/staff collaborator(s) and their institutional affiliation (please also attach an e-mail message from the overseas collaborator that indicates a willingness to engage in the VEIL project/course)
  • outline the goals of the research endeavor/project and how participating students will contribute to it OR outline how students in the course will interact with student peers from abroad
  • describe any prior experience and/or training you may have in mentoring intercultural learning and in facilitating student learning synchronously/asynchronously via technology

Questions about the VEIL grant should be referred to Mike Brzezinski, mbrzezinski@purdue.edu.

VEIL and SAIL diagram

Study Abroad/Study Away Intercultural Learning (SAIL) Grant Applications

 Application Process 

SAIL Subsidy grant applications for Summer 2021 programs may be submitted on-line no later than Monday, October 19, 2020.   In general, SAIL grants will average $6,000-$8,000 with a required matching amount at a 3:1 ratio from the applicant’s department or college/school.

For Summer 2021, special permission has been granted by the Provost and CFO to allow Study Away programs to also be offered.  Study Away programs are defined as newly created domestic-based credit-bearing programs that travel to a culturally diverse community, a kind of domestic study abroad.  Study Away programs will be under the same fee structure as Study Abroad programs and will be administered by the Office of Programs for Study Abroad, including rate request approval.  Intercultural learning outcomes and the assessment of such outcomes are to be identified, facilitated and assessed for both programs.  Please note that Study Away programs are also eligible for SAIL grant consideration.

If a proposed study abroad/study away program will be administered by multiple colleges/schools, please submit only one application per program.  Please select the college/school that will be fiscally responsible for the program and submit the application accordingly. If there is a shared responsibility, then please select one International Program Officer (IPO) to approve the application. 

Preference for Study Abroad/Study Away Intercultural Learning (SAIL) grants will be given to faculty/staff who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  1. a) plan to lead a Summer 2021 study abroad/study away program that is 14 days or longer in length.
  2. b) has successfully completed an Intercultural Pedagogy Grant (IPG) program.
  3. c) has a proven track record of successfully selecting, assessing and reporting on intercultural learning outcomes from a previous study abroad program.

Please note that SAIL grants are competitive and limited in number. Meeting criteria does not guarantee that a grant will be awarded.  SAIL grant decisions will be released on or before Friday, October 30, 2020.

Programs that have been awarded a SAIL grant subsidy that do not enroll 10 or more students by March 15 may be subject to a special review supervised by the Dean of International Programs.  If pursued, this review will determine if the SAIL grant subsidy will remain as originally awarded or be pro-rated (still with the 3:1 IP:Unit ratio).  In this context the term "enroll" means a student has applied for a program and has also paid a deposit.

Please note that SAIL money will be distributed after confirmation that University leadership will allow international and/or domestic student travel. We anticipate that a decision will be made no later than February 22, 2021.


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