Faculty & Staff International Funding Opportunities

Faculty & Staff International Travel Awards

The Office of International Education and Development (OIED) offers funding for Faculty & Staff traveling abroad on projects that promise meaningful institutional advancement of international education at Appalachian. Projects may incorporate individual professional development, but they must explicitly advance Appalachian's global engagement efforts. These awards are given at the discretion of OIED's Associate Vice Chancellor and are contingent upon fund availability.

OIED allocates a set amount of money per fiscal year from its operation budget to award for Faculty & Staff international travel. To reach more individuals in the University community and to make the awarding process more transparent and fair, this process will be conducted in four cycles based on the applicants' "return from travel" date. Each cycle will be allocated a portion of OIED's International Travel funding budget, ensuring that all money is not expended before Faculty & Staff have chances to identify travel opportunities.



Travel Award Application Process

  • The application and award process for these funds will be conducted in four cycles (indicated below) based on applicants' "return from travel" date.
  • Each cycle will have an application deadline and an award decision date.
    • Please select the "Click Here" link in the "Application Link" column below corresponding with the travel cycle that aligns with your travel dates. 

Application Cycle Timelines

Applications are accepted and reviewed based on indicated travel-end date/return date timelines.

Travel Cycle:

Application  Link: 

Application Due: 

Award Decision:

Cycle 1: 

Travel Return Date 

between June 1 - Aug. 31


 March 4

 March 18

Cycle 2:

Travel Return Date

between Sept. 1 - Nov. 30


July 1 

July 15 

Cycle 3:

Travel Return Date

between Dec. 1 - Feb. 28/29


September 2 

September 16

Cycle 4:

Travel Return Date

between March 1 - May 31


Jan. 6, 2025 

Jan. 20, 2025

  • Applications close at 11:59 pm EST on the "Application Due" date indicated above.
  • If the above deadlines land on a non-business/non-working day (weekends, holidays, inclement weather closures, etc.), the deadline defaults to the next business/working day.

Criteria & Guidelines

Below are the criteria and guidelines for applying.

  • All Appalachian State University Faculty & Staff (excluding visiting scholars) are eligible to apply - tenure track Faculty will be given higher priority.
  • OIED contributions/award amounts are contigent upon funds committed by both the department and college/school/division and based upon the applicant's submitted budget. The maximum contribution OIED will award is $1,500.00 pre applicant, but the full $1,500.00 is not guaranteed.
  • Applicants may only apply once per fiscal year (only the first application submitted will be considered).
  • Award funds must support Appalachian's global engagement efforts.
  • Applicants not awarded in the previous fiscal year will be given higher priority.

Important Notes:

  • Due to Appalachian State using ChromeRiver for Travel Authorizations and Reimbursements, OIED funds can only be applied as a Budget Revision Request after the awardee's Expense Report has posted to Banner.
  • Applications cannot be submitted for travel that has already happened and awards cannot be applied retroactively on travel that has already completed.
  • OIED does not issue travel advances.
  • OIED Int'l Travel Awards cannot be used for travel to U.S. Territorites (Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, etc.).
  • If the award recipient leaves the University before the award money is used or the travel is canceled for any reason, the award money will be reallocated for other applicants.
  • If award funds are not used within the awarded travel cycle, the award will be canceled/rescinded unless there are extenuating circumstances and an alternative timeline has been agreed upon.
  • If you're applying for funding for an International Fellowship, please review the University's policy.
    • If you're traveling on a Fulbright Fellowship, you will use their international travel insurance (ASPE).
  • Extenuating Circumstances: in special cases, exceptions to timelines may be made. These exceptions will be decided by OIED on a case-by-case basis. 
    • You must reach out to or notify OIED by emailing OIED@appstate.edu of any extenuating circumstances you may have before submitting any application. 
      • Extenuating Circumstances examples are below, but are not limited to these specific examples:  
        • Award Decision notification timeline: if your "return from travel date" falls in a particular travel cycle that has an Award Decision date which comes after your date of departure, please submit your application as soon as possible, and then notify OIED by emailing OIED@appstate.edu
        • Exceptional global engagement opportunity discovered at the last-minute (post application submission deadline). Please reach out to or notify OIED by emailing OIED@appstate.edu.


  • Applicant Instructions: 
  • Reviewer/Approver Instructions: 

International Scholarly Assignment Program

In keeping with its mission of internationalizing Appalachian State University, the Office of International Education and Development (OIED) sponsors international scholarly assignment programs to develop and/or strengthen faculty global competencies. 

These programs are intended to provide Appalachian faculty members with the knowledge needed to help them infuse global issues into the courses they teach and integrate study abroad into the curricula at Appalachian, while providing them with collaborative research and teaching opportunities abroad.  

Appalachian exchange faculty members also gather information and provide advice to OIED about the programs and courses available at host institutions, as well as student welfare issues. 

Request Form:  International Scholarly Assignment Program

Other funding opportunities: