International Education Faculty Development Fund

International Education Faculty Development Fund

Faculty are invited to apply for funding to support projects that improve international education at Western Michigan University. Funding is available through Article 40.4 of the WMU-AAUP contract and through the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. The Haenicke Institute administers the International Education Faculty Development Fund (IEFDF).

The fund provides support for the following internationalization goals:

  • Support for international collaboration in research and creative activities, or for international research, including archival or field work.
  • Support for presentation at international conferences, seminars or workshops.
  • Support for attendance at international conferences, seminars or workshops.
  • Support for scholarly international travel in order to enrich international knowledge, which will directly contribute to the internationalization of the WMU curricula.


  • Individuals eligible for awards are restricted to all those holding board-appointed faculty rank who are members of the bargaining unit at the time that the IEFDF proposals are due; who were not funded by IEFDF during the preceding academic year; and who submitted a satisfactory final report for their most recent IEFDF award.
  • Applicants will indicate any other sources of co-funding.
  • IEFDF will not be awarded as matching funds for grant applications. For grant applications, contact the Office of the Vice President for Research.
  • Applications are accepted for travel and projects within the next 12 months. The IEFDF committee meets twice a year in November and April. If your travel occurs after the deadline, applications will be accepted throughout the year for consideration at the next deadline, but these should be submitted before travel. Retroactive applications are not guaranteed.
  • Applications will include necessary supporting documentation, such as a letter of acceptance for a conference paper or letter of invitation, etc.
  • Recipients must submit the IEFDF final report with the request for reimbursement no later than three months after the funded activity occurred and by Sept. 30 of the following academic year.


  • Fall deadline: 5 p.m. Nov. 1
  • Spring deadline: 5 p.m. April 1

Applications should be submitted to

Application Directions

Applicants should begin by downloading the fillable IEFDF application form.

      Download Application 

The application includes:

  • IEFDF application 
  • Narrative proposal: Separate Sheet and include supporting documents (e.g. letter of acceptance for conference, conference schedule with name listed, letter of invitation, etc.)
  • Budget: The maximum award is $1,200 and cannot exceed 50 percent of the total project budget. Separate room and board in the calculations.
  • Department chair's signature

All application materials should be converted to .pdf files and combine the files into one file in the following order (application, budget, narrative, supporting documents).


  1. Applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee composed of three board appointed faculty, who are members of the bargaining unit.
  2. Applications are judged based on eligibility and how well they fit the IEFDF purpose.
  3. Award amount is subject to funding availability each academic yearApplicants will be notified approximately two weeks after the deadline.
  4. All awards are distributed as a reimbursement to the home department
  5. All travel should be undertaken through the WMU travel authorization process initiated through the home department
  6.  An IEFDF final report must be submitted to receive reimbursement. Attach additional documents as needed.

      IEFDF Final Report
  7. Complete WMU travel expense voucher through home department. Attach additional documents as needed.
  8. Submit documents for reimbursement to
  9. Final report and reimbursement requests must be received within thirty days of travel. Final reports and reimbursement requests must be received by Sept. 30.
  10. All IEFDF awards not distributed by Sept. 30 will be forfeited, including funds to be transferred to the home department.


For questions about IEFDF applications contact Dr. Michelle Metro-Roland, Director of Faculty and Global Program Development at 

For questions about IEFDF award disbursements contact Annette Cummins, Business Manager at

(Revised April 2017)