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Dean's International Initiatives Fund

Increasingly, Arts and Science students must have the skills to study and work across cultural, social and political spheres. Our goal is to encourage as many of our students as possible to undertake a significant international experience during their academic career in Arts and Science.

Application Details

The Deans International Initiatives Fund (DIIF) supports the development of new and creative international activities in areas of need not already addressed by existing programming (Research Excursions (399), International Course Modules, Undergraduate Research Fund, Summer Abroad, Canadian Friends of Hebrew University, etc.). The goal of the DIIF is to leverage Faculty resources to provide a broad range of international opportunities for Arts and Science students. For 2016-17, $160,000 has been allocated for this competition.  Faculty members, graduate and undergraduate students are invited to apply.

Proposal Requirements

Proposals should be submitted using the international programs application forms, taking into consideration the following criteria:

  • Activities are for Faculty of Arts and Science graduate and undergraduate degree students.  Students must be in good standing and currently enrolled in an academic program at the time the proposed activity takes place.
  • Proposed activities are distinct from current international programs.
  • Activities may be either curricular or co-curricular, but must be academically focused.
  • Projects are encouraged from both students and faculty, but faculty supervision must always be provided by a faculty member with a continuous appointment to the Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George) to the unit through which the proposal is submitted.
  • Proposed activities may include collaborative projects with institutions and experts at other universities and organizations, including Indigenous nations.
  • Support is targeted to creative and original projects, including interdisciplinary activities.
  • Proposed projects must have a measurable impact beyond those who receive the funding.
  • First preference is given to students who have not already received Faculty funding.
  • Students may not miss classes or exams to participate in DIIF projects.

Proposed budget requests are not expected to exceed $10,000. Contributions from other sources are encouraged. This fund cannot be used to support existing international activities offered by the University or Faculty, e.g. student exchange, Summer Abroad courses, or international experiences that are required for academic programs. Please note that conference funding and individual/dissertation research are not eligible for funding.

Proposal Submission Process

Proposals should be submitted to your department chair, program director or designate for approval.

A completed application forwarded from the chair/director/designate will be considered approved by your department or program. Approved proposals should be sent via email to fas.internationalprograms@utoronto.ca. no later than November 16, 2016.  A committee of faculty members, chaired by the Vice-Dean, Undergraduate, reviews all eligible proposals.

Further Information

An information session will be held on October 21 at 1:00 p.m. in Sidney Smith Hall, Room 2040. You must register for this session by sending your name and department/program to fas.internationalprograms@utoronto.ca with "DIIF" in the subject line.

Should you have any questions, please contact MP Stevens, Director, International Programs and Partnerships at: mp.stevens@utoronto.ca or (416) 946-5509.