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  • Program Terms: Faculty-led Proposal
  • Restrictions: Mason applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Type of Program: Faculty-led Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Program Description:
Students Abroad CollageGlobal Discovery Program (Embedded Programs)

Spring 2020 Application Deadline: May 31, 2019 

Mason’s Global Discovery Program is an innovative university initiative that supports the development of intensive global experiences that are travel components of existing credit-bearing courses.  Global Discovery’s goal is to expand access for Mason’s diverse student body and to provide alternative ways for our students to engage in global educational experiences.  All Global Discovery programs are peer-reviewed and competitively funded based on criteria that determine the degree to which each program is able to connect students’ classroom work with existing global issues and challenges.
For our students the Global Discovery Program enables a student to have a meaningful global experience in a relatively short period of time; it provides one of the most affordable study abroad options, and it provides unique exposure and access to Mason faculty.
For our faculty the Global Discovery Program provides an opportunity to connect with students in a direct way; it can bolster one’s teaching, research, and service; it provides an experiential learning component to one’s course(s); and it provides a supported framework within which to develop a travel component to one’s course.
We welcome all those interested in submitting proposals and look forward to working together in the semester to come on this tremendous opportunity for both faculty and students alike.

Program Details

Call for Proposals

The Global Education Office invites all faculty across the university to submit a proposal for seed funding towards the establishment of a study abroad component in a current course. One proposal will be selected from each George Mason University College.
The proposal should connect one to two weeks of travel to an established course scheduled for Spring 2020. Travel must be related to the course content. Each proposal must describe the course subject, student learning objectives, projects, and how often the course has run in your department. The program narrative must also illustrate how an international component would enhance student learning, benefits students, and support the Mason Vision. 
We encourage faculty to speak with their department heads and deans to discuss additional program support at the college level.

The Award

The Global Discovery Program awards up to 50% of costs associated with student participation in the embedded abroad experience ($1500 per student max). Faculty expenses will be covered by GEO. Costs to be covered are:
  • International Airfare
  • Housing
  • In-country support (in-country transport, lecturers, translators, guides, entrance fees, etc.) 
Program awards will be determined by economic feasibility, syllabus, coursework, and learning objectives. Funds will be applied directly to the program costs to cover program payments and not the individual or department. 

Evaluation and scoring criteria (all of which should be addressed in the program narrative):

  • Connection to classroom work
  • Establishing/Leveraging partnerships
  • Student engagement and integration with course material
  • Affordability 
For official RFP please contact Allie Wallace at


  • The course must be an established Spring course, open to all full and part-time Mason students
  • Written approval from College/Department Dean
  • International Travel must be less than 14 days (including departure and return days)

Proposals must include:

  • Program Narrative (1-page maximum; 2 pages for joint proposals)
    • Describe the course and how international travel will be integrated into the course learning, how does the student benefit, and what in-country assignments and activities connect back to class content. Also, indicate if the travel portion will be required for all students or optional.
    • If proposing a joint course, please indicate shared learning objectives and how the in-country activities will connect to both classes. 
    • Any partner institutions abroad you will be collaborating with.
  • Detailed Itinerary
  • Detailed budget summary of estimated costs
  • Semester course syllabi (modified to include travel component)
    • If the program is operating as an intercollegiate course, both faculty must submit the syllabus corresponding to their semester-long course 

Evaluation and scoring criteria (all of which should be addressed in the program narrative):

  • Student Engagement and Integration with course material
  • Establishing/Leveraging partnerships
  • Affordability 


  • Travel to countries with an active US travel warning must be approved by Mason.
  • Funding is contingent upon enrolling 12+ students in the course and study abroad experience.
    • For 2 faculty running a joint program, funding is contingent upon enrolling 20+ students in the course and study abroad experience. 
  • Proposals are due Friday, May 31, 2019 for consideration. 

Links and Resources:

The University of Kentucky, in collaboration with Pennsylvania State University and North Carolina State, has developed a Faculty Toolkit to be a resource for all universities seeking to build a global experience. It includes example activities as well as ideas for how to structure your program. Please feel free to contact the Global Education Office if you need help developing the budget.



Global Discovery Program Administrator 
Allie Wallace

Scholarships and Grants Specialist
Kris Crassweller 

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.