The Global Engagement Fund (GEF) supports NIC students and faculty in developing internationally-focused projects with community partners. The fund is designed to support students in building curiosity and appreciation for the intercultural and international aspects of the larger world in which they study, live and work.

GEF Project Outcomes

Under the leadership of faculty, GEF projects support participants to explore social, cultural and practical business issues with global importance and local impacts. Projects may be interdisciplinary and may incorporate study or internship abroad.

GEF projects demonstrate global citizenship, equity, and social justice; contribute to international and intercultural understanding; and develop global knowledge and leadership skills. They establish skills to live and work internationally and interculturally, and integrate the applied creativity of students and faculty with the practical considerations of community partners.

Who Can Apply

Faculty: All GEF projects must have faculty leadership. As a faculty member, you are welcome to initiate a project by finding student and community partner or contribute to a proposal made to you.

Students: The first step is to consider a project which fits the GEF Project Outcomes. Once you have an idea, ask a faculty member to be your mentor for this project. Together you will consider an appropriate community partner and finalize your proposal.

Community Members: We encourage projects initiated by community members which meet the GEF Project Outcomes.Applications should be submitted by an NIC faculty member. Please contact for support in finding a faculty partner.

Application Process

GEF is allocated annually starting April 1st. To have your project considered please submit the following to

  1. Application form
  2. Explanation of how your project will meet GEF outcomes (less than two pages)
  3. Your plan to provide the final report
  4. Budget request
  5. Project timeline

Budget Guidelines

  • The total fund for 2016/17 is $25,000.
  • Proposals will be reviewed on a first come, first approved basis until the fund has been exhausted.
  • Projects will receive between $1,000 to $5,000.
  • Budgets must be spent by year-end (March 31st) of the application year.
  • GEF is meant as one-time funding. If a compelling rationale can be demonstrated, proposals for multi-year projects may be considered.
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