Dean's International & Indigenous Initiatives Fund (DIIIF)

The Dean’s International and Indigenous Initiatives Fund (DIIIF) supports the development of new and creative international activities in areas of need not already addressed by existing programming (Research Excursions [398], International and Indigenous Course Modules, Undergraduate Research Fund, Summer Abroad, etc.). The goal of the DIIIF is to leverage Faculty resources to provide a broad range of international and Indigenous opportunities for Arts & Science students.

Please note: The Dean’s Office has partnered with the Professional and International Programs (PIP) office at Woodsworth College to provide integrated logistical support. The International Programs Coordinator can assist with booking and arranging for payment, whenever possible, for transportation, accommodation and venue admission.

Application Form

Proposal Requirements

Proposals should be submitted using the application form above, taking into consideration the following criteria:

Activities are for Faculty of Arts & 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.
  • Eligible students must not have already received funding for an Arts & Science international opportunity including 398 REP, ICM, DIIIF or CFHU. (Some exceptions may apply, please inquire for details.)
  • Students may not miss classes or exams to participate in DIIIF 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: 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 eligible by your department or program. Eligible proposals should be sent via email to A committee of faculty members, chaired by the Vice-Dean, Undergraduate and International, reviews all eligible proposals.

Further Information

If you have any questions, please email