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. 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 completed by using the IEFDF application portal.

Application Directions

The IEFDF uses an online application platform. To access, please click the "Apply Now" button on this page and log into the platform by using your bronco net ID. 

You will need to complete the application in one sitting as the application cannot be saved and submitted later. However, supplemental documents and the proposal narrative can be added later.

The application form includes:

  • Applicant information: includes information about your department, department chair and their email
  • Travel information: dates of travel, dates of activity, and destination
  • Proposal Summary: brief description of the narrative proposal of about 150 words in length
  • Budget: the maximum award is $1,200 and cannot exceed 50 percent of the total project budget

The supplemental information includes:

  • Narrative Proposal: On no more than two pages, double spaced please describe the purpose of your travel, what you will be doing, the significance of your research, and the anticipated contributions to the field in question. Please explain how this proposal will enhance the university's global engagement. If the proposal is to conduct research, please provide details about the research plan, including timeline, work already completed and objectives or goals.
  • Supporting documents: Please include a letter of acceptance for conference, conference schedule with name listed, letter of invitation, and any other relevant documents. If no letter of invitation is needed, for example with public archives with open access, please note this.

Application process

  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.
  3. Award amount is subject to funding availability each academic year.
  4. Funding is competitive and is not guaranteed.
  5. Applicants will be notified approximately two weeks after the deadline. 
  6. All awards are distributed as a reimbursement to the home department.
  7. All travel should be undertaken through the WMU travel authorization process initiated through the home department.
  8. An IEFDF final report must be submitted to receive reimbursement (see below for final report process.)

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Final Report process

  1. Complete the final report through the application portal.
  2. Complete WMU travel expense voucher through home department. Attach additional documents as needed.
  3. Submit a copy with the IEFDF final report through the online portal.
  4. Final report and reimbursement requests must be received within thirty days of travel. Final reports and reimbursement requests must be received by Sept. 30.
  5. All IEFDF awards not distributed by Sept. 30 will be forfeited including funds to be transferred to home department.



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

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

We are excited to offer this new application portal, if you have any comments or feedback about the process, please contact Dr. Michelle Metro-Roland at