Internationalization Innovation Fund Travel Grant

Internationalization Innovation Fund (IIF) grants were designed for those advisers and faculty who can use these short-term site visits to bring something back of value to our campus, through enhanced knowledge of study abroad opportunities, building course connections, and contributing to the Mellon Re-imagining and Integrating Experiential Education Grant.

IIF Grant Applications are Open!
Submissions for Round 4 accepted through Friday, April 10th, 2020 at 11:45PM.

For the Summer 2020 grant period, 4-5 IIF individual grants will be awarded. Each award is $3,750. Round 4 is for faculty and staff travel over Summer Break 2020.

If exploring a potential new civic engagement, new study abroad opportunity, or visiting a current K study abroad location on an IIF Grant trip, applicants must meet with Alison Geist (Director, Center for Civic Engagement, and Margaret Wiedenhoeft (Director, Center for International Programs, . Meetings must occur before the IIF Grant Application is submitted. 

Note: 50% of grant awardees must involve visits to Global Liberal Arts Alliance institutions. 
List of GLAA institutions 

Goals of the Global Crossroads Internationalization Innovation Grant (IIF):

The IIF offers 4-5 grants per cycle to support short-term, immersive trips abroad for faculty and First Year Advisors. The goals of this grant are as follows: 

  1. We seek to promote faculty and first year advisors’ knowledge, motivation, connection, and buy-in to study abroad as integral to experiential learning at Kalamazoo College.
  2. We seek to increase collaborative relationships with international partners in faculty’s course development and scholarly activities.
  3. We seek to encourage faculty and first year advisors to broaden their exposure to areas of the world in which they may have little to no prior experience.
  4. Each grant provides the awardee with up to $3,750 for their travel costs


  • All faculty-status employees of the college who are eligible for FDC funds are eligible to apply for this grant. Staff who are first year advisors are also eligible.
  • Grants may only be awarded once to an individual. If funds remain at the end of the grant period, previous grant awardees may become eligible to apply for a second trip.
  • Preference will be given to faculty and first year advisors who have not visited a study abroad site or GLAA institution, and to faculty from departments with low or declining study abroad participation rates (Art, Business, Critical Ethnic Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Math, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Women and Gender Studies). 
  • If exploring a potential new civic engagement or study abroad opportunity on an IFF Grant trip, applicants must meet with either Alison Geist (Director, Center for Civic Engagement, and Margaret Wiedenhoeft (Director, Center for International Programs, Meetings must occur before the IFF Grant Application is submitted. 

Round 5 of the IIF Grant will open in September 2020, for travel over Winter Break 2020.