'For the Greater Good' Faculty Development Grant

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Our students need to develop as informed, open-minded, and responsible global learners who are attentive to diversity across the spectrum of differences; seek to understand how their actions affect both local and global communities; and address the world’s most pressing and enduring issues collaboratively and equitably. That is the purpose of "For the Greater Good.

"For the Greater Good" Faculty Development Program

Global Initiatives has established a “For the Greater Good” (FGG) grant to incentivize faculty to design new travel programs (now open to study abroad or away) that address at least one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Achieving the UN SDG’s is critical for resolving the grand global challenges that our planet faces, existential threats that Miami students of this generation will need to confront, mitigate, and hopefully, to resolve.

Application Requirements

  1. An essay (3 pages maximum) that explains your FGG program vision. Why do you want to offer a FGG program? What makes your program an attractive option for students? How does it address UN Sustainable Development Goals? What qualifications and connections do you have that enable you to offer this program? What is your timetable for program implementation? Please provide examples of how the program will involve experiential learning and community engagement to discuss the SDG’s (problem based learning, case studies, etc.)
  2. A detailed budget for how you intend to spend your grant funds. A FGG grant is typically used to fund a site visit to support your program design; it should not be used to fund student scholarships.
  3. Your CV

Preference will be given to programs that:

  • Make the SDG’s the central, core focus of the program’s mission and objectives.
  • Emphasize equity, diversity, inclusion, justice, access and belonging in the program’s design.
  • Charge a program fee of less than $2000 for study away and $4000 for study abroad.
  • Address multiple UN SDG’s.
  • Offer academic credit.
  • Intend to become a signature, recurring program for your department.
  • Will seek Miami Plan 2023 approval in the Global Citizenship Perspectives Area.
  • Study in a host country outside of Europe (study abroad).

Grant Requirements

If you receive the grant, you are required to:

  1. Submit a Statement of Intent to propose a travel credit workshop.
  2. Agree to participate in a Community of Practice with other FGG grant recipients to discuss their FGG grant projects.

Questions? Contact Ryan Dye at dyer@miamioh.edu for more details.