Global Learning Funding Opportunities

QEP Proposal Submissions - Fall 2017

Global learning is the focus of Appalachian State University’s Quality Enhancement Plan for accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC). As part of its accreditation responsibilities, Appalachian is committed to three goals:  1) to engage students in diverse experiences at home and abroad to increase their knowledge of global issues, regions, and cultures; 2) to improve their intercultural skills, and 3) to develop attitudes that cultivate global citizenship. As a response to these commitments, the university, through the Office of the QEP, provides funding opportunities for faculty, staff, and administrators to assist in attaining these goals.

Funding Categories

Each funded project must demonstrably address and promote at least one of the student learning objectives (SLOs) that fall under the following Goals of the QEP:

  1. Develop globally competent knowledge
  2. Cultivate intercultural competencies
  3. Foster globally competent citizenship

For more information on the Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs), please visit the QEP Manual pages 11 – 12.

It is hoped that projects arising from Learning Communities will become key areas of innovation in global learning.  Additional funding may be available for projects that provide further support for Learning Community objectives.

Interested faculty, staff, and administrators are encouraged to discuss their ideas with Dr. Garner Dewey prior to completing the proposal.  If you have questions, please contact Dr. Dewey, Director of the QEP at or at (828) 262-8095.

All proposals for Learning Communities must include collaboration with the Center for Academic Excellence. In addition, projects might also involve other appropriate university units. For example, projects involving instructional technology or interactive video must be organized with Learning Technology Services. Projects involving service learning or civic engagement must be organized in conjunction with the Office of Civic Engagement. Projects involving education abroad must be organized with the Office of International Education and Development. Proposers are strongly advised to consult with appropriate units prior to proposal submission.

Submission Deadline

Completed proposals, including supervisor recommendation, must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, September 29, 2017.


All Appalachian faculty, staff, and administrators are eligible to submit proposals. An individual may be listed as the principal awardee on only one proposal in a twelve-month period, and no individual may be involved in more than three proposals during a twelve-month period. Proposals from previous recipients who have failed to submit end-of-project reports will not be considered. Individuals may receive all or part of an award up to two times during a three-year period.


Each proposal may request up to $8,000 in funding.  Funds are available for expenditure November 1, 2017, through May 31, 2018, although an extension is possible for Faculty-Led Education Abroad Training programs. The deadline to submit all receipts and accompanying paperwork is May 31, 2018.

Failure to submit necessary paperwork by the deadline will result in forfeiture of funding. Per State policy, funds are available only for expenses incurred between award and deadline dates. 

Funding is available for purchase of non-routine equipment, books and materials, travel, registration fees, room rental, clerical/lab/research assistance, or other approved expenses. Funding is not available for food; routine hardware, software, or peripherals; or student tuition, scholarships, or travel.

All expenditures are subject to federal, North Carolina, and University policies regarding purchase, travel, and payment to individuals.  All purchased equipment and non-consumables become the property of the funding recipient’s department.  Any cash gifts, prizes, or awards that are paid with Global Learning Funding Opportunity funds and given to employees constitute gross wages and are subject to federal and state income and FICA taxation. Non-cash gifts, prizes, or awards exceeding $100 in value that are given to employees are subject to federal and state income and FICA taxation.

Financial support from the department, college, or Office of International Education is also encouraged.

Additional Committee Reviews

Any required committee reviews (such as IRB or export control reviews) must be initiated within thirty days of an award notification and completed within ninety days of that award notification.

End-of-Project Reports

Awardees who are funded must provide end-of-project reports, as well as assessment findings to the Office of the QEP no later than one month after the end of the funding cycle or July 9, 2018Click here for guidelines to the end-of-project reports.

Proposal Review and Acceptance Process

Proposals should be written professionally and in language appropriate to an educated non-specialist audience.

Each completed proposal will be considered on its individual merits and in comparison with other proposals submitted for funding in the same cycle. All proposal components, including the supervisor recommendation, must be received by the deadline to be considered. The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. on Friday, September 29, 2017.

Members of the Review Committee are selected by the Director of the Office of the QEP and comprise members of the QEP Council (and other faculty, staff, or administrators when appropriate).  The Review Committee will make recommendations to the QEP Director, who will provide recommendations to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, who will make final decisions. Notification of acceptance will be sent no later than Friday, October 27, 2016.

To ensure clear communication and project success, awardees must confirm their acceptance of the funding opportunity on or before November 6, 2017.  Awardees who do not confirm acceptance of the award may lose the award.


September 29, 2017

Application due by 5 p.m.

Supervisor/chair/dean recommendations due in the Office of the QEP before 5 p.m.

October 27, 2017

Notification of award; funding will be available upon acceptance of award

November 6, 2017

Deadline to accept award

May 31, 2018

Deadline for expenditures

July 9, 2018

End-of-project report submitted to the Office of the QEP

Criteria for Evaluation

The primary review criteria are the following, although the questions asked and criteria highlighted do not make up an exhaustive list of considerations:

  1. Relationship to Global Learning: The project must directly relate to the student learning objectives (SLOs) of the QEP (develop globally competent knowledge, cultivate intercultural competencies, and/or foster globally competent citizenship) and promote achievements of learning objectives and related QEP goals.
  2. Feasibility: How well designed is the project? How well prepared are the proposers to carry out the project?  Do the proposers have the experience and/or international connections that will enable success? What is the sustainability and long-term impact of the project? Have the proposers sought financial or other support from department, college/school, or other units with the university? Will the budget feasibly support the successful impact of the project?
  3. Assessment Plan: How well does the assessment plan determine if the desired goals of the project have been achieved?
  4. Institutional & Scholarly Contributions: How well does the project promote international/global connections with other partner universities, non-governmental organizations, or other organizations?  Does the project facilitate the achievement of significant goals such as greater international student recruitment or expansion of student exchange? Could the project contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning with special reference to global issues?
  5. Collaboration and/or Interdisciplinary Perspective: Does the proposal have the strong support of one or more units?  Does it have a mechanism to serve as a model to others? Does it create teaching and learning connections between classes and students across different unit.
  6. *(Desired but not required) Opportunities for External Support: Do the proposers have prospects for seeking and obtaining external support? These sources may include grants and contracts, fellowships and residencies, industry partnerships, private gifts, in-kind contributions, or collaborations with other funded projects. Have the proposers attended a QEP Funding Orientation workshop (Tuesday, September 5, 2017) or a QEP Funding Application workshop (Wednesday, October 13, 2017)?

How to Apply:

The application is available online this year at Global Learning Funding Application. This webform can be filled in over multiple sessions. Your information will be saved. When you have finished your application, press the submit button. Note that you cannot return to your application once it has been submitted.

You will receive an e-mail acknowledging that your completed application has been submitted. Before logging out, use the link at the bottom of that e-mail to access your application so that you can print out a copy for your records.

A complete application includes

  • Filled-out online application form
  • A letter of support from a department head or supervisor familiar with the project

Proposers must submit applications and supervisors must submit their letter of support in electronic form to Garner Dewey at by 5 p.m. on Friday, September 29, 2017.

Contact Information

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Garner Dewey, Director of the QEP at or (828) 262-8095.

Interested faculty, staff, and administrators are encouraged to discuss their ideas with Dr. Dewey prior to completing the proposal. 

Project funding is contingent upon the availability of financial resources.

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