Global Travel Fund

The Global Travel Fund (GTF) supports Miami University faculty and staff whose travel contributes to the internationalization of Miami University and global objectives of the Miami 2020 Plan and can include travel for research, professional development, conference presentations, or international partnership development. The GTF is now the single source for faculty support from Global Initiatives, combining resources from both the prior Faculty Development Fund and the Philip and Elaina Hampton Fund for Faculty International Initiatives.

The Global Program Development Fund (GPDF) supports the strategic development of credit-bearing study abroad and globally-focused study away programs by Miami faculty and staff in underrepresented disciplines and locations.

Questions regarding the GTF and GPDF can be directed to Karla Guinigundo.

Guidelines

The following guidelines are used when reviewing requests for GTF or GPDF travel funding:

Faculty/Staff

  1. Applicants must be full-time faculty/staff at Miami University and not in any "visiting" capacity.
  2. Grantees cannot receive funding in two consecutive academic years.
  3. Priority for GTF is given to applicants making their first-ever professional trip abroad. Priority for GPDF is given to applicants whose proposed programs focus on underrepresented disciplines and locations and do not compete with existing Miami University program offerings.
  4. GTF funding for faculty/staff will match Department and/or Divisional support up to $500. GPDF funding for faculty/staff will match Department and/or Divisional support up to $1500. Amounts of Department and/or Division support should be indicated on the application form.

Graduate Students

A limited amount of funding is available to support graduate student research and conference presentations abroad. The following guidelines are used when reviewing requests for graduate student travel funding:

  1. Applicants must be full-time graduate students at Miami University.
  2. Graduate students can receive a GTF award once during their degree program
  3. GTF funding for graduate students will match Department and/or Divisional support up to $300. Amounts of Department and/or Divisional support should be indicated on the application form.

Procedures

  1. All requests should be made electronically via the online application form. Requests are to include the completed application form, an estimated budget of travel costs, and a copy of the letter(s) of invitation, if applicable.
  2. Requests for GTF or GPDF funding will be reviewed at the beginning of each month, with award letters being distributed by the 15th of the month.
  3. If approved, an electronic award letter will be sent to the applicant from Global Initiatives and copied to the departmental and divisional contact persons provided.
  4. For international travel, all Miami faculty, staff and students are strongly encouraged to purchase supplemental HTH Health Insurance.
  5. GTF and GPDF funds are provided on a reimbursement basis. A travel expense report must be submitted through the Miami University Travel Module within 30 days following the completion of travel. A copy of receipts for expenses charged to the GTF account should be sent to Donna Gouvan. See your department administrator if you need assistance submitting a travel expense report.
  6. GPDF recipients are expected to provide a report to her/his Department Chair, Dean, and the Assistant Provost of Global Initiatives summarizing the potential for a study abroad or study away program in the travel destination following the site visit.
  7. If your travel plans change, please inform Karla Guinigundo as soon as possible so that funds can be allocated to someone else.