UMD: A Globally Connected University

Global Partnerships-Staff Travel Grants Competition

Global Partnerships-Staff Travel Grants Competition


Recognizing the integral role that University of Maryland staff play in the internationalization of the student experience—one of UMD's top institutional priorities—the Office of International Affairs (OIA) periodically offers a Global Partnerships-Staff Travel Grants Competition. Global Partnerships-Staff Travel Grants fund full-time staff members to visit UMD partner institutions around the globe to acquire new ideas and learn "Best Practices" that might be implemented in the grantee’s area of work. Grants of up to $5,000 support travel to one or more existing university global partners. Funds can be used to cover transportation, accommodations, food, and other travel-related expenses.

For more information on the Global Partnerships Travel Grants Program for Staff, please contact Dr. Joseph Scholten in the Office of International Affairs.

Past Awards

Spring 2016

Dr. Cathy Barks, University Honors Program, Honors College

Extending the UMD partnership with American University of Afghanistan

Ms. Tara Burke, Research Initiation, Division of Research

Innovative solutions and best practices in the collection and dissemination of data on university research (University of Birmingham, University College Dublin, and University of Glasgow)

Ms. Susan B. Johnston, Learning Technology Design, Division of Information Technology

Sharing Best Practices in Accessible and Inclusive Learning in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh's Institute for Academic Development

Ms. Melekte Y. Truneh, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Providing administrative support for development research in collaboration with Bahir Dar University, Debre Berhan University, and Wolkite University, Ethiopia

Fall 2014

Ms. Stephanie Dolamore, Research and Assessment Analyst in Assessment; and Ms. Emily Foley, Research and Assessment Analyst in Assessment; both in the Office of Institutional Research, Planning, & Assessment

Advancing the Role of IR in Measuring and Supporting Institutional and National Student Success, with the Institutional Research and Planning Unit (IRPU), University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Ms. Dolamore and Ms. Foley will work with colleagues at the University of Johannesburg to explore and develop best practices for reporting student success metrics and conducting internal, institutional analysis of student success.  Their hope is to begin the development of international standards in these areas, which are of growing importance to higher education institutions around the world.

Dr. Beth Douthirt Cohen, Assistant Director of Training, Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Sharing Best Practices in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion between Auckland and Maryland, with the Office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equity (The Equity Office), University of Auckland, New Zealand

Dr. Douthirt Cohen will do comparative work with the University of Auckland to help UMD both to think creatively and “outside the box” in terms of our diversity initiatives, and also to reflect on possible sites of strength and struggle that we may have not considered or may need to bolster.

Ms. Kate Juhl, Program Director (for ARHU) UMD Career Center and President’s Promise

Putting the "A" in STEAM: The Role of the Liberal Arts at a Research Institution with National University of Singapore, and the University of Hong Kong

At each institution Ms. Juhl’s learned about how students in liberal arts fields are integrated into larger institutional efforts that provide opportunities for professional development, particularly internships. 

Check out her blog about the trip.