Faculty Development Grant

See the IWL Spring 2015 Grant Recipients!

IWL Faculty Development Grant Call for Proposals (2015-16) 
Fall Application Deadline: October 15, 2015
Spring Application Deadline: February 15, 2016
Purpose of Faculty Development Grants: These grants support faculty development in areas of world language instruction or second language acquisition, in any language. Possible projects include: certification in langauge assessment (such as OPI training); travel to conferences to present a paper or to participate in workshops; or creation of course materials that are pedagogially and technologically innovative.
Applicants are urged to apply for other appropriate funding, such as departmental travel funds and the annual UVA Education Benefit. Details about this benefit may be found at: https://dm1web.web.virginia.edu/Benefits/Education
Eligibility: All full-time faculty with a continuing contract of any rank, including lecturer and general faculty, who are engaged in the teaching of any world language at UVA, are welcome to apply for these Faculty Development Grants. Part-time faculty members are not eligible to apply. 
Application deadlines: The IWL has two calls for applications for faculty grant funding in one academic year.
In the fall, the grants are used for travel to participate in workshops or for conference presentations. The application deadline is October 15, 2015. 
In the spring, grants may be used for any development activity, including travel to participate in workshops or for conference presentation or development of course materials.  The application deadline is February 15, 2016.  
Awards:   Grants may range from $500 - $2,000 per year, depending on the availability of funds and the number of applicants in a given year.  A faculty member may receive only one award per academic year. The grant period is for one year only.  For the fall travel grants, the funding should be used by January 15, 2016. For the spring travel and development grants, the funding should be used by June 30, 2016. For a development grant that is geared toward course development, the funding should be used by June 30, 2017.
Proposal Guidelines
Submission: Submit proposals via e-mail to the Committee Chair, Professor Ruth Ferree  (rf2c@virginia.edu) by October 15, 2015 or by February 15, 2016 with “IWL Faculty Development” in the subject line. 
Proposal Format: Include the following headings and sections in your proposal, which should be single-spaced and in 12 point Times New Roman font. The proposal document should be a single PDF (please do not submit as separate PDFs) and should be labeled with the applicant’s last name, first name, and department (i.e., “Smith_Jane_Department”). Please note that if you do not follow format and length guidelines, or submit more than one document, the proposal will not be accepted. 
Proposal Length: maximum five pages, excluding cover page, budget, CV and letter of support (optional).  A letter of support from the program director and department chair is required for applications relating to course and materials development. 

1. Cover Page: The first page of the proposal should have the following information:

  • Title of Proposal
  • Dates of Proposed work
  • Name 
  • Email & phone 
  • U.Va. Department
  • U.Va. Status (job title)
  • Length of faculty appointment: start to end 

2. Goals and Significance of Project: Present the goals of the trip and the expected outcomes for the faculty member; describe the relevance and significance of the proposed travel for the faculty member and for the overall mission of IWL, how it will benefit UVA, and why the IWL should fund it.

3. Development activity details: Describe exactly what the proposed activity would entail. 

4. Background: Explain the background to the proposed trip, including any previous relevant work that has been done relevant to the travel, and/or its relevance to a larger field of activity. 

5. Dissemination plans: Include plans for sharing the learning from the travel, such as a presentation at the Roundtable series or a substantial entry on the Teacher Talk website.

6. Budget: Include a narrative justification of the budget and a tabular budget with specific line items for the trip. The statement should identify a list of additional sources and specific amount requested for this grant. 

7. CV: Provide a CV for each applicant on the project (two page maximum).

8. Letter(s) of support: This is optional for travel requests.

Proposal Checklist:

_____ 1. Cover Page

_____ 2. Goals and Significance

_____ 3. Development Activity Details

_____ 4. Background

_____ 5. Dissemination plans

_____ 6. Budget 

_____ 7. CV

_____ 8. Letter of Support 

Criteria for evaluation:

Reviewers will evaluate applications based on the following:

Goals and Significance of Project

There is a clear objective that will enhance, create or expand the individual’s professional repertoire/training and contribute to the world languages teaching community. Requests for support to attend a conference or other professional meetings must include explicit explanations of how such attendance will contribute to the development of the faculty member as an effective instructor or IWL community contributor.

Development activity details

Details show evidence of thoughtful planning and reasonable expectations.


Requested amount is reasonable and well justified. 

Please be aware that any award amount given and used for wages should include the Fringe Benefit portion of any employee and student wage (i.e., 0.06% of the wages). For example, if your proposed budget is $998.58, it will be $943 in wages and $56.58 in Fringe Benefit.


All required elements of the proposal are included. Writing is concise and highly readable. 


Applicants will be notified of award decisions by Nov. 23, 2015. 


Any questions about eligibility or suitability of proposals may be directed to the Committee Chair, Professor Ruth Ferree (rf2c@virginia.edu), and the Director of the Institute of World Languages, Professor Miao-fen Tseng (mt3z@virginia.edu).