International Student Experience Fund (ISEF)

The Office of the Vice-President – International, has launched the 2019-20 round of proposals for the International Student Experience Fund (ISEF). This Fund supports academic and non-academic initiatives that enhance the experience of international students, foster intercultural and international-to-domestic student, staff and faculty engagement and internationalize the University of Toronto student experience. Please note that ISEF does not support travel expenses or initiatives that are designed to send students abroad.

ISEF supports two streams of funding, with the following timelines:

  • Seed grants: ($5,000 – $15,000 per year, for a max. of 3 years) are accepted on an ongoing basis.
  • Impact grants: ($15,000 – $100,000 per year, for a max. of 3 years) are accepted once a year. ISEF Impact grant now has a two-stage application process. Applicants have to submit letters of intent by October 18, 2019. If letters of intent are successful, applicants have to submit final proposals by January 27, 2020.
  • In the Faculty of Arts & Science, Seed grants require Decanal review. Impact grants require written Decanal support.

Arts & Science Process

Faculty, staff and units who wish to apply for an ISEF Seed or Impact grant are asked to follow the Arts & Science process. The goal of this process is to provide feedback and support to enhance the quality of proposals. Refer to this list of ISEF grantees for examples of previously funded projects. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Please contact the Teaching & Learning Project Coordinator in advance of preparing an ISEF Seed grant proposal, providing a brief description of the proposed project.

Deadlines

ISEF Impact Proposal Process

Friday, September 27 Applicants submit draft proposals to the Teaching & Learning Project Coordinator for review by the Office of the Dean.
By Friday, October 11 The Office of the Dean will review and provide feedback to units.
Friday, October 18 Following feedback from the Office of the Dean, applicants submit letter of intent online to ISEF.
Friday, November 29 If your letter of intent is successful, submit draft proposals to Thuy Huynh for review by the Office of the Dean.  Please download and use the ISEF template application form.
By Friday, December 20 The Office of the Dean will review and provide feedback.
Friday, January 17 Submit final proposals to Thuy Huynh for review by the Office of the Dean.
By Friday January 24 The Office of the Dean will provide a letter of support.
Monday, January 27 Applicants submit final proposals online to ISEF.

 

If you have any questions about the Arts & Science ISEF Seed or Impact grant process, or have an idea for a teaching and learning initiative and would like to discuss whether it might be appropriate for ISEF, please contact Thuy Huynh, Teaching & Learning Project Coordinator at 416-946-3890 or e-mail thuy.huynh@utoronto.ca.