Cultural Currency

Funds are provided each year for the purpose of supporting faculty members whose professional credibility requires periodic residence in foreign cultures. The following information is also available in the Cultural Currency Guidelines Document.

Deadline: Application for cultural currency awards shall reach the committee on or before February 1.

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Description

Funds are provided each year for the purpose of supporting faculty members whose professional credibility requires periodic residence in foreign cultures. These funds are to serve the currency of faculty members in the society or societies of their teaching programs and are separate from awards for research. Activities covered by these funds include travel to foreign areas, lodging and meals, tuition for advanced language study, and other relevant costs of maintaining currency in relevant cultures.

 

eligibility

These funds are intended for use by tenure-line faculty members and ongoing Instructors, in both cases faculty members who have been in full-time service at the university for at least three years and whose teaching programs include foreign areas in a primary way. One grant of $3,000.00, or more grants at lesser amounts, will be available per year. Please see policy statement and documentation required for university support of travel outside the United States.

 

application

Application for these funds should be made to the University Enrichment Committee in care of Associate Dean of Experiential Learning and Civic Scholarship, Renee Houston, via the department chair through the online form. The application should include:

  1. Completed Request for Cultural Currency Travel Funding form linked below which includes a statement describing:
    •   the teaching program to be sustained by the award, 
    • the activities planned for the award period, 
    • a detailed budget, and 
    • the reasons why other funding is unavailable for foreign travel/residence. 
  2. Foreign Travel Waiver documentation, linked below.


Preference will go to deserving applicants who lack other opportunities for such travel/residence, and who can demonstrate clear curricular application of activities supported by the award (which may be during the summer, the winter break, or another block of time, and should involve at least four weeks in the targeted culture).

 

deadline

Application for cultural currency awards shall reach the committee on or before February 1.

 

reporting

A faculty member receiving an award for cultural currency shall submit a written report of the activities undertaken by August 31 of the year during which the award was granted. The report should be submitted to the department chair to provide the chair an opportunity to view the report before forwarding it. The chair will forward the report to the associate dean, who will then deliver it to the Provost.

The faculty member must also complete the Reimbursement Request form linked below. Attach original receipts for all expenses and submit to the associate dean. Reimbursement cannot be made for expenses for which original receipts are not presented.

 
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Additional Forms:

If applicable, please complete these additional forms and upload them with your application.

Foreign Travel Waiver - if your research involves travel outside of the United States

Special Travel Waiver - if your travel includes countries on the Department of State's Travel Warning List or the Centers for Disease Control’s Travel Health Warning List

Reimbursement Request Form