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Program Development Grants

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) Office of Global Engagement (OGE) and Study Abroad Office (SAO) are committed to increasing access to education abroad opportunities for UIC’s diverse student body. Faculty-directed programs are one model of education abroad programming that can help provide access to students who are typically underrepresented in education abroad. To assist in the development of these programs, we are pleased to make available program development grants for UIC faculty and staff members interested in proposing a new program.

The Spring 2024 application cycle is now open. Applications are due by March 15th, 2024.

Check out a recording of our information session held earlier this semester.

We discuss the grant application process and share details about proposing and leading a study abroad program. Additionally, we were joined by two study abroad program providers who support customized faculty-directed programs in Asia and Africa to share their opportunities and services.

Watch Recording

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UIC students on the Italian Language and Culture in Salerno program with faculty member Maria Iusco. Maria is holding a plate of Italian food.

OGE will award up to three multi-year study abroad program development grants each academic year. During year one of the award, the grants will support faculty and staff members in their development of a new faculty-directed program and should cover expenses associated with:

  • Travel expenses related to a site visit
  • Professional development opportunities for program leaders such as attending an education abroad conference

In addition, during year two, OGE will provide a limited number of scholarships to the first students to enroll in the program during its first year of operation.  The total amount of the two-year grant will not exceed $6,000.  

While OGE is interested in supporting the development of any new faculty-directed program, proposals that include the following will receive priority:

  • Proposals for programs based in Africa, Central/South America, or Asia
  • Proposals for programs that include an internship/field placement, research, or service learning component
  • Proposals supporting the development of interdisciplinary programs involving faculty, staff, and students from more than one academic unit
  • Proposals from academic units that will provide additional funds during either year 1 or 2 of the grant
  • Proposals for the development of programs for academic areas/units that do not currently have a faculty-directed program


Current UIC faculty or staff members who have an idea for a new faculty-directed study abroad program are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to applicants who:

  1. Are not currently leading a faculty-directed program
  2. Proposals from those who have not previously received grant funding

Applicants will need to include a letter of support from their department head detailing:

  • support for offering the program and classes within the timeframe below
  • how the proposed program aligns with academic unit goals
  • a statement about what funding resources the unit can provide to help increase student access to the program or an explanation as to why this isn’t possible at this time. Ideas include funds for student scholarships, funds to subsidize the overall program cost to students, and/or funds to cover faculty travel expenses, thereby lowering the overall cost to students.

Applications with faculty or staff from more than one unit will need to include a letter of support from each department head.  Recipients will need to propose the program by AY 24-25 and offer it by AY 25-26. Recipients who leave UIC before their grant is disbursed will not be funded.