International Enhancement Grants Guidelines

Up to 10 grants of $1000-$2,000 are available on a competitive basis for graduate students seeking support to pursue relevant internationally-focused academic or training opportunities that will enhance their degree programs at Indiana University. The International Enhancement Grant is jointly funded by the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs and the University Graduate School and supports directed, off-campus international activities for students in areas that do not duplicate opportunities or coursework available through their home campus.


Applicants may be graduate students from any discipline, department, or campus; must be enrolled in a program leading to a graduate degree at Indiana University; and must have completed a minimum of six credit hours of graduate coursework at IU by the time of application deadline and twelve credit hours by the time the grant activity begins. Students of any nationality may apply, but projects must occur off the IU campuses. Students who will have completed their degree program by the beginning of the respective award period are not eligible.

Successful applicants will have an objective that can be feasibly obtained over the grant period. All projects must have an international focus and preference is given to applicants whose projects involve international travel. Applicants should address that they have the requisite skills for the activities and how the experience will enhance their academic program at Indiana University. Applications for participation in overseas conferences are not eligible. Funds from the International Enhancement Grant will not be disbursed to students who are receiving funds from another source for the same purpose and during the same award period. Grants may not be used to support participation in any IU program or focus on research activities, nor may they be used to fund any program intended to earn credits toward an IU degree.


Two letters of reference are required for the International Enhancement Grant. At least one must be from an Indiana University faculty member.

The Review Process

A faculty committee will review applications for this program and select candidates for the grant. Evaluators will consider scholastic achievement; quality of the identified program; validity and feasibility of the proposal; faculty support as indicated by letters of reference; and the impact the experience will have on the applicant’s academic and/or professional goals.

Examples of Eligible and Ineligible Activities

Eligible activities include:

  • Enrollment in language classes not offered at IU, but directly pertaining to your IU degree program. Enrollment in advanced language classes is permitted after exhausting all training in that language offered at IU.
  • Participation in a directed internship program that will enhance academic/professional credentials.
  • Attending degree-relevant classes not available at IU.
  • Attending a workshop or seminar that is at least 2 weeks in length.
  • Participating in an artist residency or training with an artist.

Ineligible activities include:

  • Conducting research abroad related to a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation.
  • Working as a research assistant for an IU professor doing research overseas.
  • Activity done after completing an IU degree.
  • Enrolling in a language course abroad that is offered at IU.
  • Participation in an IU-sponsored program or course or undertaking activity resulting in credits to be applied toward an IU degree.
  • Fulfilling an internship requirement of a degree program.
  • Presenting a paper at an overseas conference.

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