INTERNATIONAL CURRICULUM FUND
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These awards are designed to promote innovative curriculum initiatives that help support international and intercultural learning opportunities for Western students.
Specifically, they are designed to enhance the education of students, and transform the curriculum through incorporating substantial international and intercultural components that promote the development of cross-cultural competencies.
The goal of the International Curriculum Fund (ICF) is to help promote the education of global-ready graduates, and provide Western students with knowledge and skills they will need to live and work in diverse communities around the globe.
Two awards, up to $50,000 each will be awarded annually.
If funds are necessary to continue the initiative beyond the year of funding, departments/faculties need to provide evidence that additional funding will be available to assure sustainability of the initiative.
Download full guidelines as a pdf here (995 KB)
As the initiative is intended to transform curriculum at the program level, proposals will be accepted from department heads and deans of faculties. The application should consist of one printed copy plus one electronic copy (as a single file in Word or PDF format). The printed copy should be submitted to:
Western Student Services Building
The electronic copy should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
There are 3 parts to the proposal submission:
1. Summary Description of the Project (1 page maximum)
2. The Proposal (5 page maximum)
3. Cover Sheet with endorsements by the Dean
Download Cover Sheet here (Word document)
The proposal should include the following:
- Clear learning outcomes for students linked to the development of intercultural or global competencies and linked to program outcomes
- Rationale and plan for curriculum integration of the initiative
- Clear description of the deliverables, plan for implementation and curriculum design, resources already in place (including faculty, staff and administrative support)
- Detailed project development timeline
- Describe number of students affected by the curriculum innovation in the first five years of the program
- Plan for sustainability of the initiative
- Detailed budget
The application must be received by 4:30 p.m. on March 31, 2013
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all conditions are met and that the application is complete and submitted by the required date. Late, ineligible or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Applications will be adjudicated by a committee appointed by Western International in consultation with the Teaching Support Centre. The committee will be chaired by the Vice-Provost (International) or a designate.
PROJECT TIME PERIOD
Grants will be available for a period of up to two years from the starting date. Upon termination of an award, any unspent balance will revert to Western International's Curriculum Development Fund. Extensions may be granted in special circumstances upon written request to Western International.
The awardee must submit a bi-annual progress report and detailed budget as well as a brief final report (1-2 pages) detailing what was accomplished with the grant within three months of the completion of the award time period.
The budget should demonstrate how other sources, including student fees and/or department and faculty contributions, will assist with the costs associated with this initiative and its sustainability.
Western will be the employer of any staff hired using project funds; therefore researchers must pay appropriate wages and include benefits at established rates. Consult the HR Services website for details.
All equipment purchased with internal grant funds becomes the property of Western. Written quotes, or advertisements giving prices, must accompany the application. The committees will entertain requests for computers and related equipment and software. Requests to supplement or match departmental or decanal contributions, rather than fully fund the costs, are encouraged.
Supplies and Services:
Whenever appropriate, numbers of units and unit costs should be explained. Quotes from suppliers should be provided for purchased services, e.g., computing or equipment repairs.
Travel must comply with Western policies and regulations and will cover travel and subsistence costs only. Please note that funds for student mobility are granted through the Global Opportunities awards program and will no longer be supported through the ICF.
Teaching Support Centre
Recipients who are awarded funds for the design or re-design of a curriculum are required to set up a consultation with the Teaching Support Centre (TSC). The TSC may assist faculty members with incorporating learning activities appropriate for international and/or intercultural education either through individual consultation or through its Course Design workshop, offered in the early summer each year.
Recipients of the ICF for curriculum design or re-design are also strongly encouraged to present their projects at the TSC's Spring/Fall Perspectives on Teaching Conference for faculty and/or other discipline-specific forums. Presenting at a conference helps recipients meet the requirement for sharing the outcomes of their projects with the Western community.
PROJECT EVALUATION CRITERIA
- Strengthens or enhances international/intercultural components of your program
- Denotes a plan to sustain the project or innovation beyond the funding year
- Includes a budget outline
- Includes a plan for the dissemination of the project/innovation within the University
This program's competition is administered by Lise Laporte on behalf of Western International (email@example.com ext.85489)