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GVSU Grants for Faculty & Staff

The Padnos International Center offers a wide-range of grants to support faculty, staff, and departmental interests in developing international activities. The following grant programs are designed to encourage faculty and staff to engage in collaborative educational exchanges with GVSU’s international partners, work towards GVSU’s internationalization goals, and to increase our understanding of different education systems and cultures around the world. 

Grant recipients are expected to incorporate their experiences abroad into their work at GVSU and to be advocates for international exchange within our campus community. 


The 2016 delegation deadline has passed. 2017 delegation information will be announced early Fall 2016. 


ELIGIBILITY: Faculty*, AP Staff and PSS Staff

Travel will tentatively take place in early April 2017 

Information about the 2016 Trip: The 2016 Partnership Delegation will be unique in that three important partners will be visited over the course of an 11 day trip. The journey will start with International Christian University (ICU), which is one of GVSU’s oldest exchange partners (signed in 1974). Located in Mitaka, a suburb of Tokyo, ICU was Japan’s first liberal arts college and offers a fully bilingual education in Japanese and English. It offers an outstanding Japanese language program along with approximately 30 undergraduate majors. This exchange program is unique in that students are required to attend for a full academic year.

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APPLICATION DEADLINES: February 1 and October 1 (For travel completed within one calendar year)

ELIGIBILITY: Faculty*, AP Staff, PSS Staff and Maintenance Staff

PLEASE NOTE: Average exchange is 1 week

The Faculty/Staff Exchange Program is designed to significantly deepen or broaden GVSU’s comprehensive partnerships with select overseas institutions. This program is aimed at helping units and individuals realize existing internationalization goals. In particular, this program is an avenue to bring appropriate individuals from partner institutions here to the GVSU campuses so that our community can learn from them; the program supports reciprocal travel by appropriate individuals to visit the partner institutions, too. Grant awards are meant to provide enough funds for one individual to travel in each direction, but units or colleges may contribute funds for additional travelers. 

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PLEASE NOTE: Average exchange is 1 week

The Padnos International Center seeks applications from full-time faculty at GVSU to participate in the Kingston University faculty exchange program. Several years ago, Kingston University underwent a major curricular transition which has impacted the exchange program in many ways. In an effort to re-connect GVSU faculty with counterparts at Kingston, PIC is designating 2 faculty exchange grants each year. While applications will be considered from across the University, priority will be given to faculty who represent academic areas where we have the most significant student demand and areas that have seen the greatest challenges since the curricular transition. Additionally, priority will be given to applications that detail an intention for teaching collaboration, involving cooperative student project teams.

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APPLICATION DEADLINES: February 1 and October 1


The Internationalization Grant is meant to support specific internationalization goals in particular academic programs, in development of dual- or joint- degree schemes, curriculum integration projects, or new courses that feature global learning outcomes. An essential element of this grant is that the recipient integrates the skills/knowledge they acquired during their experience back into the GVSU campus community upon their return. The grants are not aimed at supporting participation in academic conferences. Awards up to $3,000 per project. 

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Pädagogische Hochschule Schwäbisch Gmnd Grant

ELIGIBILITY: COE and CLAS faculty* (CLAS faculty grant not available in 2015-16)

GVSU has been partnered with Pädagogische Hochschule Schwäbisch Gmünd (PHSG) in Germany since 2006. This partnership offers both student and faculty exchange opportunities. Since 2009, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) has been facilitating faculty exchanges for CLAS faculty. In addition to welcoming many PHSG faculty here at GVSU, many GVSU faculty have taught in Germany at PHSG during the spring/summer session. Recently, this program has expanded to include the College of Education (COE). GVSU faculty from either of these colleges can apply to participate in the faculty exchange each year.

For more information, contact Gretchen Galbraith (CLAS) or Sherie Williams (COE)


Applications are considered on a rolling basis until funds are depleted

ELIGIBILITY: GVSU Departments (Individual faculty and staff members are not eligible to apply for this grant)

The Partnership Development Grant is available to departments interested in furthering the development of an existing or new international partnership. Funding is limited and is intended to provide assistance for initiatives that are
due to take place in the first year of a new project. We encourage departments to explore how GVSU’s international partnerships can enrich the offerings and activities within their respective area and how a partnership development grant could help meet the department’s goals. Preference will be given to projects in which the unit or college commits matching funds and to those projects that can show evidence of benefits to GVSU students. 

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Applications are considered on a rolling basis until funds are depleted

ELIGIBILITY: Faculty* (Conditions apply, see below for details)

The Partnership Sustenance Grant has been developed to support faculty that have been involved with a partner institution for many years and have made significant contributions to the development of the partnership. The grant offers funding for short-term exchange opportunities that focus on nurturing relationships and sustaining program activities. 

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*Faculty: Tenured, tenure-track or full-time affiliate faculty with five years at GVSU