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Funding to Support Undergraduate Overseas Research


Call for Applications

The Center for International Education (CIE) and the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) plan to award travel funding to faculty and academic staff to support overseas field research experiences for undergraduates in Spring or Summer 2013. Most awards are expected to be in the $1000-$3000 range.

Awards may be used to fund faculty/academic staff and student travel in accordance with UWM and UW System travel policies. Allowable travel costs include: transportation, lodging and per diem expenses. Awards may not be used to pay for faculty salary and benefits. Other anticipated research costs may be considered by the selection committee and should be listed and explained in the proposal budget; please note, however, that the primary purpose of these funds is to support travel rather than faculty members' research expenses.

Overseas field research experiences are intended to advance students' understanding of both the world beyond U.S. borders and how research is conceptualized and conducted. Applicants for these awards should:

  • Demonstrate existing relationships to support the current research;
  • Identify the anticipated research question(s) that students will address;
  • Describe preparation for the students, to include training in research methods, intercultural competency, and foreign language (if applicable);
  • Be able to sustain the research experience without the expectation of future funding (applicants should not expect ongoing funding through this initiative);
  • Explain anticipated outcomes of the research, along with a plan for dissemination; and
  • Consider the potential for collaborating with UWM colleagues to develop a shared overseas research site to host repeat visits.

 Applications will be reviewed by a committee of faculty from multiple departments, schools and colleges using the following selection criteria. Preference will be given to those who have not received these funds in the past.

  1. Quality of project design;
  2. Qualifications of key personnel, including preparedness to supervise undergraduates' overseas research;
  3. Feasibility and sustainability of project;
  4. Extent to which project will provide a meaningful international research learning experience for students;
  5. Budget and cost effectiveness.

The deadline for receipt of applications is noon on Friday, February 1, 2013. Please click here to download the complete call for applications and application form.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Tracy Buss ( with any questions. If you are uncertain about the types of applications we seek, please don't hesitate to ask.