Internationalization Fund Recipient Announcement
Waterloo has always been a place that generates and fosters great ideas and innovation, so when the university announced an Internationalization Fund to support new internationalization initiatives it was no surprise that the response was immediate and strong. The Fund was established by the Provost to support innovative new projects that would infuse international, intercultural and/or global perspectives into the curriculum or co-curricular activities.
“This fund is such an excellent opportunity for staff to promote internationalization on campus – it gives staff a chance to dream up an idea, test it out, and get it off the ground within a year.” – Angela Rooke
“Creating an experiential learning abroad toolkit was a dream that had been shelved due to competing priorities. Without having attained the Internationalization Fund grant, this project would be a dream sitting on the sides of our desks for a rainy day. Chances are, we wouldn’t have made any traction on it for a very long time.” – Jessica Lang
The funding announcement received 22 submissions from across campus and Waterloo International is pleased to announce the recipients of funding through the Internationalization Fund. The selected projects represent a mix of initiatives which address internationalization abroad, at home and within research collaborations. They include a focus on undergraduate and graduate students, issues related to both inbound international students and outbound travel by Waterloo students, and both curricular and co-curricular innovation.
“The Seminars will provide a sustainable system where international students regularly engage in professional development activities to form a sense of community and a sense of belonging. With the seminars, we can combine resources to reach out and work together to provide a sense of “home” to our international students.” – Linda Zhang
“The connection between the West (UW) and East (Kazakhstan) will allow students to gain a first-hand understanding of how globalization and local context may impact implementation of practices related to community engagement, public health, and recreation. This project will significantly impact the internationalization of Waterloo's students because they will receive firsthand exposure to perspectives beyond their text books, case studies, professors and engage with faculty in completely different contexts, some outside of their own discipline.” – Karla Boluk
These projects will be implemented during the 2018/19 academic calendar with their outcomes and results summarized in final reports that will serve as resources and templates for institutional learning and potential future project iterations.
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Janice Aurini & Kate Henne
Sociology & Legal Studies
Transnational Talks: Global Methodological Approaches to Research
Karla Boluk & Elena Neiterman
Recreation & Leisure Studies
Building Bridges across Borders: Virtually Aligning Courses between Institutional Partners (Kazakhstan)
Colleen McMillan & Grant Leach
Renison University College
Enhancing Student Experience: Domestic & International Student Integration
Erin Smith & Ben McDonald
WatPD – EDGE
International Experiential Education Toolkit for EDGE instructors
Public Health & Health Studies
Collaborative Online Graduate-level Course “International Perspectives on Equality in Work and Health” (Sweden)
Dean of Math Office
Videos Addressing Cultural Stereotypes of Minority Groups on Campus
Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Affairs
Workshop Series on Professionalism for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows
Information Systems & Technology
International Student Seminars to Promote Successful and Healthy Transition to Waterloo
The Internationalization Fund allows individuals and groups across campus to establish exemplary internationalization projects that will help the University community move ‘beyond ideas’, catalyze latent interest, and generate new actions.
This one-time Fund totals $100,000 and the intention is to select 10-15 projects between early 2018 and April 2019.
The Global Prominence and Internationalization theme of the University of Waterloo's Strategic Plan strives to support the implementation of projects that will ensure Waterloo is “recognized internationally for excellence and innovation in education, research and scholarship, and will educate globally literate and world-ready graduates.”
JUNE 4, 2018
The campus-wide response to the Internationalization Fund exceeded our expectations, resulting in requests, in total, amounting to more than twice the total amount of resources available within the Fund. The applications came from a broad spectrum of University of Waterloo community members representing staff, students, and faculty. They offered linkages with partners and programs from around the world which conceptualize and materialize the value and impact of international, intercultural and global perspectives into University of Waterloo activities.
This demonstrated interest in campus internationalization reinforces the emphasis placed on global prominence and internationalization within the 2013-2018 Strategic Plan. The Selection Committee is in the process of finalizing approval decisions and will then work with successful applicants to confirm terms for project completion and the dispersal of the funds. Once these arrangements have been finalized we will have more news regarding the specific projects that have received funding.
Complete the application online. Each proposal should include the following components:
- Project Summary
- Strategic Relevance
- Statement outlining the relevance of the activity to the Global Prominence and Internationalization strategic priority as well as the Fund's purpose and objectives.
- Project Scope:
- Information regarding the size, scope and impact of the project.
- How many individuals/communities will be involved or might be reached.
- Who are the faculty members, staff, and/or student group(s) targeted.
- How the project will impact the internationalization of Waterloo’s student population. Include what the direct internationalization benefits are to students.
- Budget & Timeline:
- How will the requested funds be used and what accountability will be offered.
- What/when are the anticipated milestones within project.
- Expected Outcomes:
- What are the expected results or findings, if any.
- What metrics will be used to measure these results or findings. Include identification and measurement of benchmarks pre and post implementation, and how you will know if this project is a success.
- Reporting plans will include:
- Summary of project.
- Results and outcome assessment.
- If possible, plans for scaling and/or sustainability of the project.
- Proposal to disseminate your experiences and results to the campus community.
- Resources and templates that promote organizational learning.
- Teaching & Research Guide
- Research Ethics Guidelines
- Recommended salary rates for research assistants
- Guidelines for participant recruitment
- Guidelines concerning fees related to learning resources and field trips
Application assessment criteria
The following criteria will be used to assess and evaluate proposals.
- Meets objectives and application requirements
- Relevance to Waterloo's internationalization goals
- Clarity of project goals
- Reasonable timelines
- Stated plans are specific, aligned, and achievable
- Measurability of impact
- Breadth of target audience
- Number of individuals impacted
- Demonstrated collaboration between internal and external partners (as appropriate)
- Ability for project activities to be replicated and/or expanded in future iterations
- Prospects for continued action beyond funding time frame
- Institutional learning
- Identification and measurement of benchmarks as well as outcome assessments
- Plans for dissemination of outcomes
- Resources and templates for institutional learning
In order to be most impactful, projects that affect as broad a segment of the university community as possible will be favoured over those that support one individual’s professional development.
This Fund is open to faculty, staff, and students at the University of Waterloo and its four affiliated University Colleges. Applications can be submitted by individuals and/or groups.
- Staff must be regular full-time staff on the USG-scale at the University of Waterloo (as defined by Policy 54), or full-time staff at one of the affiliated University Colleges.
- Students must be registered in full-time or part-time studies.
This Fund aims to advance internationalization at the University of Waterloo. It seeks to support projects that infuse international, intercultural and/or global perspectives into the curriculum or co-curricular activities. The process of internationalization can occur through one or more of the following means:
- internationalization at home
- internationalization abroad
- sustained international connections
This Fund is meant to be complementary to, and distinct from, other existing funding programs at the University of Waterloo. The Fund is intended to incite innovation and will, therefore, support new projects.
The following list of example projects is meant to provide scope, spur ideas, and encourage imagination rather than indicate any sort of endorsement or constrain the breadth of proposals. The ideas listed below will not be given any preferential consideration during the proposal assessment process.
- Design and undertake a collaborative course which includes an online link between a faculty member and class at Waterloo and similar faculty member/class at a foreign university. The course integrates co-teaching, cross-institutional group work, and asynchronous and synchronous dialogue (referred to as Collaborative Online International Learning - COIL).
- Establish a joint field course or short-term study abroad program with international partner school.
- Hire a research assistant to explore innovative ways to integrate international, intercultural and global dimensions and perspectives into existing curriculum.
- Establish local community connections: identify and connect with New Canadian support organizations, cultural groups within Kitchener-Waterloo, existing FEDS Clubs that could represent learning labs, resources, mentors and peers to promote intercultural understanding.
- Establish global dialogue series (weekly/bi-weekly meetings for open dialogues on current events, campus issues involving students, staff, faculty from varying backgrounds/ethnicities).
- Develop a workshop for faculty members on internationalizing curriculum & global learning assessments.
- Invite foreign guest lecturer to speak as part of an ‘internationalization’ speaker series.
- Develop a series of staff development seminars promoting international awareness (possible certificate program).
- Implement an international awareness initiative (National Days, Cultural Holidays) via on-campus information network (TV) and/or Student Life Center display.
The following list are examples of projects that are potentially supported through existing funding and are therefore unsuitable for the Internationalization Fund.
- Travel bursaries to support individual students undertaking international study, work, volunteer semesters or field courses. (Funding already provided through International Experience Awards, Student Awards & Financial Aid or Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs)
- International research collaborations with peers at partner institutions abroad. (Funding already provided through International Research Partners Grants (IRPG) or the Office of Research)
- International professional development activities (for individual staff members) that serve their existing role. (Funding already provided through the Staff International Experience Award and Waterloo International)
Applicants will have the opportunity to submit their proposal either in the first round (March-April) or the second round (TBA) of applications.
|2018 Important Dates||Activity|
|March 19||Application opens|
|March 26||Lunch & Learn information session|
|April 30||Application deadline|
|May||Selection committee reviews applications|
|June||Fund recipients are announced|
Obligations for fund recipients
- Fund recipients must be prepared to share details of their proposed activities with Waterloo International for purposes of marketing and promotion. This includes a project update during implementation and a final report.
- Where an approved project involves travel, fund recipients must review the University’s travel safety information and resources and register (using your WatIAM login) with university-supported safety abroad services, such as International SOS, before departure.
- All activity must adhere to all Waterloo policies (including Policy 31 - Travel).
- All approved activities must be completed, and the final report must be submitted, no later than August 31, 2019
- The final report will then be sent to Ian Rowlands, Associate Vice President, International. Information from this report will be used to highlight internationalization advances completed under the Global Prominence and Internationalization theme of the University of Waterloo Strategic Plan 2013-2018.
Frequently asked questions
Q: Will preference be given to proposals where multiple units or departments come together for collaboration?
A: Selection will be based on strategic relevance, feasibility, impact, projected outcomes, sustainability, scalability, scope, impact and reporting. These criteria are spelled out on the fund website. Preference will not be given based on the extent that multiple units are collaborating on a submission.
Q: As a follow up question on collaboration, if collaboration was present, would it be of considerable interest?
A: Collaboration with others is one of Waterloo International’s fundamental values. We strive to coordinate stakeholders and cross-fertilize ideas so, wherever possible, we will attempt to connect similar proposals. In some cases, there will be collaborations within proposals, and if we receive multiple distinct, yet similar, submissions, Waterloo international will seek to encourage collaboration on a revised submission.
Q: The amount of space provided in the application to list all co-applicants and their responsibilities is rather small, especially for an initiative that could be a collaboration stretching across a few departments. Where would we include this information?
A: Additional details regarding collaborators and co-applicants can be submitted as ‘additional documents’ if necessary to provide adequate description of the proposal. The basic application form is designed to suit most proposals and restrict submissions to a length that is reasonable in relation to the anticipated size of the funding. It is also designed to be user-friendly for applicants with varying levels of experience.
Q: How would the selection committee view two proposals coming from the same office? If one were chosen, would it disadvantage any other proposals coming from the same area?
A: No. The final decision on which initiatives receive funding will be based on the individual merits of an initiative as well as any comparative merits that it would have with other proposals.
Q: You mentioned a second round in September, are the dates available for that?
A: Dates have not yet been confirmed for the second Call for Proposals. We anticipate announcing another Call for Proposals in early September with an application deadline of mid-October. Watch the Waterloo International website for additional details during the coming months.
Q: Will the funds be split 50/50 between the current Call and the September one?
A: Not necessarily. The number of proposals that are supported after the April Call (and the corresponding funds allocated) may represent more or less than half of the total available within the Fund. Whatever funds have not been allocated as of the June announcement of successful initiatives, will be allocated to successful proposals after the September Call.
Q: If a proposal is not selected this round, is it eligible to be resubmitted in September?
A: Yes. If requested, feedback will be offered to those whose proposals were not approved and those applicants will be encouraged to make amendments and reapply in September, if appropriate.
Q: With the September Call date, will the money still have to be spent by the end of April 2019?
Q: Does the impact also have to occur by April 2019?
A: Not necessarily. The reporting on the initiative must be complete by the end of August 2019 so that date should be used as a final date for the implementation of the initiative. Since sustainability and scalability are key criteria, it may be that some initiatives will continue beyond this date however financial support from this fund must be accounted for by April 30, 2019 and a report on the impact of the initiative must be submitted by August 31, 2019.
Q: In the proposal, how much implementation detail is expected and to what level?
Q: How rigidly should applicants be following the application/budget template?
A: The application form is structured to provide an outline of what information the committee will want to see within a proposal. It has been left fairly general since it is expected to suit a wide variety of submissions from individuals or groups who may or may not have experience in preparing funding proposals. The budget template is meant as a general guideline that highlights the main types of expenses that are typically part of this type of funding proposal.
Q: Are part-time staff and students eligible?
A: Part-time students are eligible, however only full-time staff are eligible (from either UW or the four affiliated university colleges).
Q: Is a proposal still acceptable if a full-time staff member is the main applicant and there will be part-time staff working on the initiative?
Q: Are external partners required? Will that give an advantage?
A: External partners are not required and will not necessarily be deemed favourable for selection purposes.
Q: Do applicants have to have firm written commitments from external partners at time of proposal submission?
A: It would be ideal to have those agreements prior to application, however it is understandable that since the application deadline is only one month after the fund announcement, such agreements may not be possible. Therefore firm, written agreements not a requirement for proposal submission. If an anticipated partnership falls through or there are other circumstances that scuttle a proposal, the proposal could be resubmitted as part of the September Call for Proposals.
Q: Who is on the selection committee? Is it comprised of individuals from different units?
A: The selection committee is comprised of individuals from a spectrum of different units. All questions of the committee should be forwarded to Tony Munro.
Q: Is it possible to discuss potential ideas before going to a full proposal? Who would be the main contact?
A: Yes, this is possible, but not expected. To arrange a meeting or to get more information, contact Tony Munro.
Q: What information should be provided at these meetings?
A: The expectation is that a potential applicant will have a relatively well-formed idea in place prior to seeking feedback. These meetings are not intended to generate ideas nor are they an indication of preference for one idea versus another.
Q: The entire amount available is $100,000. If 10-15 initiatives are expected to be supported, is there a maximum cap for funds per proposal?
A: There is no specific cap on an individual proposal budget. We are hoping to encourage creativity, innovation, and impact within proposals, and this extends to their financial scope.
Q: Would you accept a proposal whose associated funding request was simply ‘as much as possible’?
A: While this is theoretically possible, all proposals will be assessed on both their individual merits and the overall strength of submissions and distribution of funds across multiple proposals. Every proposal must outline how the budget will be allocated. In the case of a varying budget, there would need to be very clear identification of how increased impact and scope of the activity will be linked to possible larger amounts of funding.
Q: If there is a secondary source of funding for a proposal (in this example, an organization that would match funds given by the Internationalization fund), would that be possible?
A: We encourage all applicants to consider obtaining some level of matching funds in order to increase the potential scope and impact of the proposals. Matching funds are not a requirement for submitting a proposal to the Internationalization Fund.
Q: As this fund is also open to students, will there be a separate Call put out to them?
A: The Internationalization Fund has been promoted through the Graduate Students e-newsletter, on-campus digital displays and via notice to the FEDS Clubs Presidents. We will continue to promote the Fund through various channels in the hopes of making all eligible applicants (students, staff members, faculty members) aware of the funding.
Please review the fund guidelines and contact Tony Munro, Waterloo International, if you have any questions.