Global Learning Development Grants


IGE offers two grants of $2000 each on an annual basis to faculty who are interested in developing a faculty-led study abroad program, called Global Learning Programs at Western. IGE is a self-supporting unit of Academic Affairs and will resume awarding these two development grants when the revenue used to support these grants returns. Please email Director of Education Abroad, Dr. Ryan Larsen, to be included on a notification list for when the funding is secured for offering these grants again.

Faculty may apply for this annual grant for the following purposes:

  1. To fund a site visit for a new Global Learning program in a country outside the USA. Faculty may use the funds to pay for their own travel expenses or share the funds with a second program leader. The funds must be used to visit a confirmed destination and to plan the logistics for a proposed program. The proposed site visit cannot take place during the program. The site visit can take place before a new GLP course has received curricular approval.
  2. To fund a site visit for an on-going GLP in another country. Faculty may use the funds to pay for their own travel expenses or share the funds with a second program leader. The funds must be used to develop new content and contacts at that site or assess program sustainability at that site.


Deadline: TBD (Note: Applications are historically due in January for site visits planned for anytime during the subsequent 18 months.)

Please address the following criteria in your application:

  • Proposed Global Learning Program and course and your potential student audience
  • Objectives to be met on-site while abroad
  • Itinerary while abroad
  • Proposed budget for how the $2000 will be spent

The Education Abroad Advisory Committee, comprised of faculty and staff, will review the applications and make a recommendation to the Education Abroad Director, who will inform the successful applicant of the award. Upon completion of a travel grant, participants will be required to provide a post-trip report describing the outcome of the trip and how it relates to future Global Learning Program plans.


Ryan Larsen, Ph.D


If you are awarded the Global Learning Development Grant, IGE will transfer the funds through the Journal Voucher process to the recipient’s home department. The grantee’s Administrative Services Manager should initiate the grantee’s Travel Request form prior to travel and process their Travel Expense form at the conclusion of travel. We encourage the traveler to become familiar with university and state travel policies and procedures before making travel arrangements (See WWU Travel Services)


Please note that the Education Abroad office has an international health insurance policy available to faculty and staff travelers at a low cost.

Past Awardees


  • Christopher Wise (English)
  • Yanara Friedland (Fairhaven College)
  • Sarah Zarrow (History)


  • Jennifer Green (Elementary Ed.)
  • Michael Slouber (Liberal Studies)


  • Sophie Kong (Finance & Marketing)
  • Christopher Wise (English)


  • Paul James (Anthropology)
  • Theresa Warburton (English)