VSU Internationalization Fund

Faculty Internationalization Fund (FIF) is a specifically designed VSU instrument to promote faculty exposure to and participation in international education and research. Funding for individual projects is provided on a competitive base for activities aligned with academic units' and university's strategic plans in the international dimension. Coordinated through the Center for International Programs (CIP) and overseen by a university committee, FIF supports faculty travel abroad for academic exchanges, program development, professional enrichment activities, and other international activities. FIF funding can be used to augment funding from external and institutional grants, contracts, faculty development funding, etc.


Full-time faculty holding a tenure-track appointment in an academic department at VSU are eligible to apply for support through the Fund. Proposals from non-tenure-track faculty members will be considered if the proposed activity benefits the academic unit and the University and enhances the individual's professional capacity as a teacher, scholar, or a performer.

The Fund will support, based on project's merit and FIF Committee approval, up to one award per academic (fiscal) year per faculty member, subject to availability of funds. The Committee will require additional information and/or justification in cases when more than one application per department is submitted.

Application Procedure

A faculty member can apply for FIF funding by completing an Application Form for Faculty International Activity Proposals, available for download at the bottom of this page, or at the CIP Office. Faculty members are encouraged to discuss their proposals and the application process with Dr. Ivan Nikolov, Director of CIP, before submitting their proposals. An e-mail with the text of the Application and supporting documentation sent to Dr. Nikolov at inikolov@valdosta.edu speeds up the process.

The hard copy of the Application needs to be signed by the department head and the appropriate Dean's Office. The completed and signed Application Form need to be submitted to the Center for International Programs (CIP) along with all supporting documentation, i.e. conference presentation acceptance, concert programs, etc

A Request for Authority to Travel  (now only Travel Expense Reports are done via PeopleSoft at ) is required.


Deadline for submitting proposals for Spring and Summer semesters is November 1st, for Fall - April 15th. These deadlines are suggested for two reasons: a) nature of academic institutions' funding process (fiscal year begins July 1st and ends June 30th next year); and b) necessary time for program adjustment and evaluation, committee approval, and logistical arrangements.

Additional proposals will be reviewed subject to funding availability. The deadline for additional proposals is established at minimum 45 days prior to the beginning of the proposed project.

Priorities and Criteria for Awards

Proposals are reviewed based on their institutional and unit internationalization impact potential. Funded activities ranked by priority include:

  • Participation in academic exchange programs with VSU partner institutions that help to strengthen programmatically collaborative teaching and research cooperation; Special consideration will be given to projects endorsed by the respective academic units as part of their strategic plan(s) in the international dimension;

  • Short-term visits and projects with a significant institutional impact and/or potential for development of joint collaborative externally funded projects and grants; 

  • Participation in international conferences (presenting a paper, chairing conference sessions, organizing conference activities); Up to ten awards with funding up to $500 will be awarded per academic year in this category, designated primarily for junior tenure-track faculty members;

  • Additional (matching fully or in part) support for external grants and awards that support an international activity.

Special consideration will be given to proposals for international activities that have received partial funding support from VSU departments or colleges as part of the unit's strategic plan activities. Consideration is given also to proposals of merit by faculty members who have never been abroad. A written letter of support from the department char is required in both cases. 

Each proposal must provide measurable evidence of the expected benefits of the sponsored activity (s) for the VSU students: integration of new material or perspectives into existing courses, creation of new courses, encouragement of students to participate in international opportunities via curricular and extra-curricular opportunities, students' involvement in research projects related to an international activity that the faculty member is proposing. Department and College endorsement of the proposal is of critical import for FIF committee decision.

Support for international student recruitment and academic exchange activities is expected from all VSU faculty members.


Faculty members who receive awards through the FIF need to provide a written report of their funded activity to the Center for International Programs within 30 days after their return to the University. 

The awardees are also expected to provide a post-event report a year after the event to inform about project-related special activities, such as attended conferences, organized workshops, seminars, lectures etc. that they personally have provided to the VSU and Valdosta community as a result of the international project completion.

For more information, contact Dr. Ivan Nikolov , telephone 333-7410.