International Education Faculty Development Fund

Due to travel restrictions as a result of the Covid-19 global pandemic, the Haenicke Institute will redirect funds allocated to IEFDF travel to other international education faculty development initiatives for the 2021-22 academic year including Global Classrooms and Virtual Study Abroad. 


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.


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 NetID. 

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 discuss 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.)


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.

IEFDF Portal


  • 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.


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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

How much can I be awarded?

The award is 50% of the budget of the proposed project; up to a maximum of $1200. Please note that only 50% of total expenditures of valid expenses will be considered.

How do I apply for IEFDF?

1. Click the "Apply Now" button to link to the application portal.

2. Use your Bronco NetID and password to log in.

3. Fill out the application and attach the proposal narrative and supporting documents.

Can I save my application and return to it later?

No. You must finish the form in one sitting and submit it. However, you can return to the application page after you have submitted to attach documents such as the proposal narrative and supporting documents.

Is the proposal summary the same as my paper abstract?

No. The proposal summary should be no more than 150 words summarizing how your proposal will connect to the objectives of IEFDF.

How do I calculate per diem?

Please use the U.S. Department of State per diem rates for the specific country where you are traveling. Do not use this rate for hotels. Use the actual hotel rate.

How many travel days am I allowed?

IEFDF will include a maximum of two days of travel on either end of the activity dates as valid budget expenses in funding considerations.

How will I know if I have been selected to receive an IEFDF award?

You will receive an email informing you of the committee's decision approximately two weeks after the deadline.

If I am awarded when will receive the money?

Home departments will receive the award as a reimbursement after a final report has been submitted and approved.

What happens if I am awarded but cannot use the money?

If your travel plans have changed or your travel expenses were fully funded from a different funding source please contact Dr. Michelle Metro-Roland as soon as you are aware of changes at

How often can I apply?

You may only be awarded once per academic year. If you are not awarded in one cycle you may apply in the next cycle.