International Education Faculty Development Fund


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

Application and procedure

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 Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education. The International Education Faculty Development Fund is administered by the Haenicke Institute.

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.


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

Applications should be submitted to the Haenicke Institute. The maximum award is $1,200 and cannot exceed 50 percent of the total project budget. Application deadlines for each academic year are Nov. 1 and April 1 for travel and projects that occur within the following 12 months. Award announcements will be made approximately two weeks after each deadline.


  1. 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.
  2. Applicants will indicate any other sources of co-funding.
  3. IEFDF will not be awarded as matching funds for grant applications. For grant applications, contact the Office of the Vice President for Research.
  4. 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.
  5. Applications will include necessary supporting documentation, such as a letter of acceptance for a conference paper or letter of invitation, etc.
  6. Recipients must submit a brief written report on their accomplishments with request for reimbursement no later than three months after the funded activity occurred and by Sept. 15 of the following academic year.


  1. Complete the application, including a proposal narrative on a separate sheet of paper.
  2. Attach supporting documentation, such as notification of acceptance of conference paper, printout of conference schedule if chairing a session, or letter of invitation. Please include sufficient information for the committee to evaluate the proposal. Only complete applications will be forwarded to the committee.
  3. Separate room and board when calculating per diem budget.
  4. Obtain department chair signature. If for some reason you need to submit via email, e.g. from overseas, an email from your chair can serve as the signature. Full paper submissions are preferred for applicants on campus.
  5. Forward application and proposal to: Dr. Michelle Metro-Roland or via campus mail to Haenicke Institute for Global Education, 2425 Ellsworth Hall, Mail Stop 5245. Call Dr. Metro-Roland at (269) 387-3950.
  6. Committee review: The IEFDF committee is composed of three full-time, board-appointed faculty members. IEFDF committee members serve on rotating terms. Proposals are judged based on eligibility and how well they fit the intent of the activities described above. Award amount is subject to funding availability for each academic year.
  7. Haenicke Institute staff will notify applicants approximately two weeks after the deadline. Awards are disbursed on a reimbursement basis only.
  8. If awarded, initiate a WMU Travel Authorization with home department. If home department cannot complete travel authorization for special circumstances, contact Samer Shammas, Haenicke Institute manager of operations senior, for assistance at (269) 387-3950.
  9. After completion of the activity, complete the IEFDF Final Report. You may attach additional documentation. The Haenicke Institute will distribute copies of the project summary page to the International Education Council of the WMU Faculty Senate the following year during the annual report on IEFDF. IEFDF funds will not be disbursed without the completed Final Report, including supporting documents as noted on the form.
  10. Complete WMU Travel Expense Voucher through home department. Attach additional documentation if needed.
  11. Submit documents to Samer Shammas via campus mail to the Haenicke Institute for Global Education, 2425 Ellsworth Hall, Mail Stop 5245 for processing reimbursement. Report and reimbursement request must be received within three months of travel and by Sept. 15 at the latest. All IEFDF awards not disbursed/reconciled by Sept. 15 will be forfeited, including funds to be transferred to other departments. Contact Samer via phone at (269) 387-3950.

The faculty committee serves on a volunteer basis and convenes only two times a year to review applications. Please direct questions on process or appropriateness of application to Dr. Michelle Metro-Roland, director of faculty and global program development. For questions on disbursement of the award, please contact Samer Shammas, Haenicke Institute manager of operations senior.

(Revised October 2013)