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Virtual Study Abroad Development

International travel is on hold, but global engagement and cross-cultural collaboration are more critical than ever. The Office of Global Affairs (OGA) and UW Study Abroad are offering a special cycle of the Global Innovation Fund (GIF), seeking proposals from faculty directors who are interested in converting their study abroad program into a virtual international program.

  • This is a one-time, special GIF cycle open only to Summer Quarter 2021 or Early Fall 2021 Faculty Program Directors.
  • Awards up to $2,000 are available to support faculty time and effort to convert your in-person program to a virtual one.
  • Faculty must be committed to leading/teaching their program virtually during Summer 2021 or Early Fall 2021.
  • Priority will be given for projects involving new or enhanced collaboration with an international partner.

We welcome other innovative ways of making your study abroad program a virtual one. Please reach out to your UW Study Abroad Program Manager if you want to discuss or have questions.

  • An element of International Virtual Exchange or Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) to your virtual program (e.g., students work on a project in virtual global teams w/ students from the National University of Singapore or American University in Rome)
  • Student consulting or research project embedded in your course with an international company, non-profit or NGO (possibly through UW’s partner Omprakash)
  • Speaker(s) from an international organization (e.g., virtual lecture by Korean public health official on COVID response) or faculty member(s) (e.g., expert from University of Queensland)
  • Interactive international learning activity (e.g., virtual museum tour or remote company visit)

Application deadline Thursday, February 25, 2021
Deadline Extended
Awards announced March 2021
Award use period Summer 2021
Reports & budget reconciliations due No later than August 30th, 2021
Unused funds returned to OGA No later than August 30th, 2021

Application Requirements:

  • Online application form submission
  • Attached letter or email of support from department chair

Primary Questions to be addressed in proposal:

  • Virtual Program narrative description: Please provide a short (suggested 300 words) description of your proposed virtual program and intended outcomes. If relevant, include information about innovations and collaborations with international partners/organizations.
  • Budget request: Please provide a short description of the request for funds (e.g., $2,000 for summer support for module development, or $500 for international speaker honoraria, etc.)
  • Will there be a match from your department? (A departmental match is not required, but may make a proposal more competitive.)

If you have questions, contact the Office of Global Affairs at

Awards can be used for:

  • Faculty or administrator salary
  • Academic student employees and student workers
  • Honoraria
  • Marketing expenses
  • Technology equipment or software

Funds may not be used for:

  • The purchase of alcohol
  • Dissertation research

At the end of the award use period, awardees are required to submit the following materials to OGA at

  • Brief narrative report – describe the project, outcomes, and next steps
  • Photos
  • Outline use and impact of funds
  • Budget report reflecting actual expenditures. (You can update the budget submitted with your application).

OGA will follow up to do additional marketing and story-telling around each project