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International Opportunity Grants (IOG) for Faculty, Staff and Administrators:

These grants are available to promote research and scholarship abroad as well as to help USD to internationalize its campus and curriculum by giving faculty and staff the opportunity to work on projects with their counterparts in other countries.

International Grant Applications

Upcoming Grant Schedule

  Spring 2015 Fall 2015
  Travel: Jan 1 - June 30, 2015 Travel: July 1 - Dec 31, 2015
Call for proposals
September 12, 2014
February 6, 2015
Deadline for submission
October 16, 2014
March 12, 2015
Announcement of awards
November 17, 2014
April 17, 2015


The fundamental purpose of the International Opportunities Grant program is to "internationalize" the USD campus and curriculum by exposing faculty, staff and administrators to different cultures through foreign travel. The grants are intended to encourage the development of professional relationships, promote research and scholarship abroad. The current grant pool is $70,000. The International Advisory Council will evaluate proposals on the strength of their connection to the international mission of the university and to the perceived benefit towards increasing the applicant's international understanding. The Council will look at how the international experience is applicable to the staff member’s area of expertise and professional development within their field. For faculty members, the Council will consider how the international experience is applicable to teaching and research, and will examine a trip's usefulness for internationalizing the curriculum and building a scholar's long-term international research agenda, including publications.

Selection Criteria

The primary criterion of judgment will be the excellence of the proposal and the thoughtfulness given to its applicability to teaching, research, and publication on international themes as well as its connection to the international mission and goals of USD . Research scholars conducting ongoing investigation may apply for repeated support provided that they can demonstrate substantial progress on previous trips, evidence of publications, and a deepened understanding of other cultures and/or international problems.

IOG applicants whose acceptance to a conference or panel is still pending approval or confirmation at the time of IOG deadlines are encouraged to apply for an IOG. These applicants should submit letter of acceptance as soon as it is available. Funding may be granted to these applicants contingent upon receipt of proof of acceptance. Additionally, recipients may only be funded once per fiscal year (July through June).


All tenure-track, tenured and full-time contract faculty are eligible to apply. All full-time, benefits based USD staff and administrators are eligible to apply. However given funding constraints, applicants can only be funded only once per fiscal year. New applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Applicants must use the official application form and answer all questions completely, including a description of the anticipated expenses and funding from other sources. Please access the application and guidelines and submit electronically to Kelli Bagley, International Affairs Budget & Operations Coordinator.


Recipients will be expected to informally share their experience in an open forum reception during International Education Week which is generally the third week in November. Additional information will be provided with award announcements.

Amounts of Funding

Applicants may request funding up to $2,500 per person for each proposal however the average funding awarded by the Council has been approximately $1,850 per person. Some preference may be given to new projects and research. Repeat funding is possible, however not within the same fiscal year. In the event there are funds remaining, the committee will consider additional requests.

IOG Funding Procedure

We strongly encourage IOG recipients to use funding to cover the costs of airfare, conference fees, hotel fees & research materials. It is also strongly suggested that recipients use the USD T&E card to make all of their purchases and/or reservations. If recipients do not have a T&E card, the International Center may purchase approved expenses on behalf of the recipient, eliminating the need for reimbursement.

A detailed list of reimbursement policies will be presented to each recipient in conjunction with their award announcement. For additional information regarding reimbursements, please consult the University Reimbursement Policies and Procedures.

Language Enhancement

IOG recipients looking to enhance their foreign language skills prior to departure are encouraged to look into the International Center's Rosetta Stone program. All USD faculty/staff/admin are able to purchase 3 month or 6 month memberships at a supplemented price. For more information, please visit the website.

Contact Information

Please contact Kelli Bagley for additional information.

Grants Awarded
2014-2015 Recipients Fall 2014 Spring 2015
2013-2014 Recipients Fall 2013 Spring 2014
2012-2013 Recipients Fall 2012 Spring 2013
2011-2012 Recipients Fall 2011 Spring 2012
2010-2011 Recipients Fall 2010 Spring 2011
2009-2010 Recipients Fall 2009 Spring 2010
2008-2009 Recipients Fall 2008 Spring 2009