Grants available to develop, expand study abroad opportunities

Iowa State's Council on International Programs encourages faculty and staff to apply for grant funding (up to $6,000) to develop new or substantially expand existing study abroad programs. The goal is to boost the number of Iowa State students who gain an international perspective through study abroad. The council anticipates funding eight to 10 grants this year. Proposals are due Oct. 15, and funds must be used by June 30, 2020.

Grant funds may be used for salaries, student stipends, travel and supplies. They can't be used to purchase equipment or cover expenses normally included in a foreign travel grant. A department or college cost share is required, and the project director must be eligible to be a principal investigator as defined by university guidelines.

Preference will be given to proposals that meet one or both of these criteria:

  • Involve faculty who recently are tenured and have the potential to continue to support study abroad in their careers
  • Develop or strengthen a relationship with a foreign partner for which there's opportunity to support study abroad and research

The current CIP call for proposals, including grant criteria and application instructions, is online. Proposals should be submitted via email to Penni Bryant,, in the provost's office by Oct. 15. Award notifications will be made around Nov. 15 and funds will be available immediately.

Questions may be directed to associate provost for academic programs Ann Marie VanDerZanden.