$100,000 available in research funds for participating educators

Smithsonian University Travel Programs (SUTP) challenges college and university faculty across the U.S. to incorporate educational travel in their current courses to promote global perspectives and experiential learning among their students.

Partner with SUTP to customize a travel-study program of your choosing: Develop a program from the ground up, or customize an existing travel syllabus to meet your unique academic needs and goals.

Faculty leaders who meet the challenge earn $2,500 in funds to apply to research, field study, or scholarships to pay forward the experience of educational travel.

The Details

The Global Faculty Challenge contributes the following benefits to your current educational offerings:
  • Access to research sites and experts connected to the Smithsonian
  • Alignment of your chosen travel-study course segment to your existing curriculum
  • Student travel to relevant locations all over the world, including Panama, Iceland, Costa Rica and more
  • Real-world observation and application of course material, resulting in greater educational relevance and knowledge retention
  • Global exploration and strengthening of collegial bonds
A $100,000 fund for the 2017-18 academic year has been set aside for the Global Faculty Challenge by WorldStrides. To earn a $2,500 award, faculty leaders must recruit a group of 10 or more students for a SUTP travel program that departs between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. To be eligible, the faculty leader must demonstrate that the program meets the goal of promoting global citizenship and that award funds will be used to advance research, field study, or educational travel.

The last day to submit applications is June 20.

The Destinations

Smithsonian University Travel Programs give you access to unique student travel opportunities for real-world learning destinations around the globe. Customize an itinerary for your syllabus in popular destinations like:

Costa Rica

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Ready to take our challenge? Let’s start planning your travel program today!
GSA_logo_150px.png WorldStrides is a partner of Generation Study Abroad, committed to supporting the Institute of International Education’s goal of doubling the number of students studying abroad by 2019. The Global Faculty Challenge, sponsored by Smithsonian University Travel Programs through the financial support of WorldStrides, helps achieve this goal by offering customized travel experiences where students can learn more about a variety of study fields along with a deeper understanding of the science, history, art and culture of the destinations.

The name of the Smithsonian and the sunburst are registered trademarks of the Smithsonian Institution and WorldStrides is an authorized user.