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Global Engagement Learning Grants


To support the development of rigorous and innovative learning experiences that help prepare students to excel in a globally competitive, culturally diverse, and changing environment.


Global Engagement Learning Grants are intended to support the incorporation of Educate Connect Elevate: Illinois State Goal Two into students’ curricular experiences. Grants reimburse faculty for expenses directly associated with course-based events, activities, or projects that “prepare students to excel in a globally competitive, culturally diverse, and changing environment.”

Expenses eligible for reimbursement by this grant program include, but are not limited to:

  • Travel expenses for students and instructor to specific locations (fuel, parking, fleet vehicle rental, etc.)
  • Fees (e.g., admission) and related expenses for onsite visits
  • Materials for in-class activities/assignments
  • Travel expenses for class guests (including meals, lodging)
  • Stipend (modest) for guest speakers, either for onsite visit or teleconference session
  • Fees/registration for online seminars, workshops, etc.

The grants are co-sponsored by the Office of International Studies and Programs and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology.

Amounts of Grants

Grants will be up to $500 for reimbursement of documented expenses directly related to global engagement learning experiences. The number of grants and amounts of individual grants are subject to availability of funds. Individual faculty members are eligible for up to one grant per academic term (fall, spring, and summer).


All tenured and tenure-line faculty, full-time non-tenure track instructors, and full-time AP staff with teaching responsibilities at Illinois State University are eligible. Recipients of prior CTLT grants who have failed to meet their grant obligations are ineligible.


The online application form can be found here.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on the degree to which each:

  • Clearly addresses all of the application questions, as follows:
    • Provide a description of the specific project, activity, or experience.
    • Provide a rationale for the project, activity or experience and how it helps “prepare students to excel in a globally competitive, culturally diverse, and changing environment.”
    • List the specific learning outcomes related to fostering global engagement in the context of the course’s underlying discipline.
    • Identify the method that will be used to assess student achievement of the intended learning outcomes.
  • Presents an itemized list of projected expenses and solid rationale for the budget
  • Is well written and complete

Conditions of the Grant

Awards for projects requiring technology support may require additional approval.

Acceptance indicates agreement to submit a report (detailed below), which is designed to maximize the benefits of recipients’ experiences by sharing them with the ISU community. These reports will be posted on the CTLT website. Completion of this condition is required to remain eligible for future CTLT grants. Grant reports (300-500 words) should include:

  • A description of the grant-related event, activity or project (essentially restating the grant proposal narrative, revised when necessary to reflect the actual event);
  • A summary of the findings from data collected regarding the instructional outcomes using the assessment method(s) identified in the proposal.
  • A brief conclusion about the effectiveness of the event, activity or project for supporting ISU’s commitment to global engagement; plans for revisions and improvements (if any) to the activity or project; and recommendations to peers about similar events, activities or projects that others might consider incorporating into their courses.
  • Optional (but appreciated!): photos, recordings, examples of students’ responses, etc. to the experience to be included in the website presentation.


All receipts for reimbursement and other required documentation must be received at CTLT no later than May 29 of the indicated fiscal year.

Expenses not properly documented by that date cannot be reimbursed.


Contact CTLT at or (309) 438-2542.

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