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Weinstein Grants for Staff and Faculty

The Office of International Education offers merit-based grants for international projects or internships undertaken abroad during the academic year or the summer. These grants are intended to foster and support a wide range of ideas and activities that will enrich applicants' knowledge and appreciation of other cultures, contribute to the international identity of the University of Richmond, and productively engage the community and organization where the project will be located. All full-time, continuing faculty and staff are eligible to apply.

Staff members should propose projects which will expand the international content of their position and/or develop connections with their peers overseas. Time off to complete the project should be arranged on an individual basis between the staff member and his or her supervisor prior to submitting the application. A supervisor's recommendation should refer to such an arrangement.

Faculty members should propose projects related to teaching and/or research, with priority given to those proposals which emphasize a productively mutual engagement between the University of Richmond and the destination country or countries. All full-time teaching faculty are eligible to apply for a Weinstein Grant.

If a project involves the use of human or animal subjects, final approval of the Institutional Review Board for Protection of Human Subjects or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee must be granted before an award will be made.

A committee will be convened to review submissions and award the grants. All applicants will be notified in writing regarding the final status of their application.

Summer Grants

For staff and faculty, the application period for Weinstein Summer Grants opens on Oct. 30, 2017 and closes on Feb. 12, 2018. Applications are to be submitted via GatewayAbroad by clicking on on one of these links:

Staff application

Faculty application

Staff and faculty Weinstein Summer Grants are reimbursement-based, will be limited to $3,500 per person, and may only be accessed by submitting original receipts. Please note that you may not receive the total amount you request. Amounts awarded are based on available funding.

Staff and faculty who plan to apply for a Weinstein Grant are strongly ecouraged to attend a Weinstein Grant Info Session. The Info Sessions will be held in the International Conference Room. If you would like to apply for a Weinstein Grant, but are unable to attend one of these info sessions, you can contact Ellen Sayles to arrange a meeting with her to go over the things you will need to know. Please check back later for the dates and times when Weinstein Grant Info Sessions will be held.

Staff and faculty applicants with limited or no knowledge of the country relevant to their project are encouraged to meet with a Study Abroad advisor (listed below) regarding the country to be visited prior to submitting an application. Please plan your meeting with the advisor at least one week prior to the application deadline; otherwise, they may not be available. In addition, when e-mailing the advisor for an appointment, please send them the days and times you're available to meet, the name of the country where you'll be traveling, and the title of your project.

Michele Cox Spain, Brazil, the West Indies, Czech Republic, Poland, Italy, and Asia
Chris Klein Africa, Australia, Canada, France, Switzerland, New Zealand, Morocco, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and England
Amy Bergmann Denmark, Ireland, the Middle East, Northern Ireland, Russia, Scotland, Senegal, Sweden, India, Hungary, and Turkey
Patrick Schweiger Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico

If, after being notified of your award, the location(s) or basic description of your project changes or if sources of additional funding are made available to you that exceed your anticipated expenses for this project, you must submit a written explanation of the changes to Ellen Sayles so the Weinstein Grant sub-committee can re-approve your project. Failure to do so may result in denial of reimbursement of your expenses.

Awardees must submit receipts for reimbursable expenses to Shani Buchholz within 30 days of recipient's return to campus in order to access their grant funds. Reimbursable expenses include:

  • Reasonably-priced economy class transportation to and from destination country
  • Public transportation (bus / subway) while in country (taxis for use in emergency situations and with appropriate justification)
  • Reasonable economy-class accommodations

Food expenses will be handled based on per diems, rather than individual receipts. Therefore, grant recipients do not need to submit receipts for food purchased abroad. Rather, recipients will receive the daily Meals & Incidental Expense rate (the “M & IE Rate”) that the State Department indicates is the per diem for the area of the world to which the recipient travelled. Recipients must print out a screen shot of the State Department’s website showing the per diem amount and submit it with their receipts. If you have questions regarding per diems, please consult the Controller's website.

Weinstein Grants are only for the recipient's expenses. For any receipts in which the recipient paid for others' expenses, the recipient must indicate on the receipt what charges were his/hers. All funds not used within 30 days of the recipient's return to campus will revert to the originating grant account.

Upon completion of the project, all staff and faculty grant recipients must submit a Final Report (including a brief abstract) containing: a summary of what was accomplished during the period of the grant and specific plans to expand the international character of UR – to Shani Buchholz. If possible, recipient should also submit a photograph of themself in-country. These may be posted on International Education’s website later. These reports must be submitted to the OIE within 30 days of recipient's return to campus.

Academic Year Grants

Weinstein Academic Year Grants are accepted on a rolling basis and are for independent projects pursued during the current academic year. Applications are to be submitted online by clicking on one of these links:

Staff application

Faculty application

The application period for 2017-2018 Academic Year grants closes on Jan. 13, 2018.

Weinstein Academic Year Grants are reimbursement-based, will be limited to $2,000 per person, and may only be accessed by submitting original receipts. Please note that you may not receive the total amount you request. Amounts awarded are based on available funding.

Staff and faculty who plan to apply for a Weinstein Grant are strongly ecouraged to attend a Weinstein Grant Info Session. The Info Sessions will be held in the International Conference Room. If you would like to apply for a Weinstein Grant, but are unable to attend one of these info sessions, you can contact Ellen Sayles to arrange a meeting with her to go over the things you will need to know. Please check back later for the dates and times when Weinstein Grant Info Sessions will be held.

Staff and faculty applicants with limited or no knowledge of the country relevant to their project are encouraged to meet with a Study Abroad advisor (listed below) regarding the country to be visited prior to submitting an application. Please plan your meeting with the advisor at least one week prior to the application deadline; otherwise, they may not be available. In addition, when e-mailing the advisor for an appointment, please send them the days and times you're available to meet, the name of the country where you'll be traveling, and the title of your project.

Michele Cox Spain, Brazil, the West Indies, Czech Republic, Poland, Italy, and Asia
Chris Klein Africa, Australia, Canada, France, Switzerland, New Zealand, Morocco, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and England
Amy Bergmann Denmark, Ireland, the Middle East, Northern Ireland, Russia, Scotland, Senegal, Sweden, India, Hungary, and Turkey
Patrick Schweiger Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico

If, after being notified of your award, the location(s) or basic description of your project changes or if sources of additional funding are made available to you that exceed your anticipated expenses for this project, you must submit a written explanation of the changes to Ellen Sayles so the Weinstein Grant sub-committee can re-approve your project. Failure to do so may result in denial of reimbursement of your expenses.

Awardees must submit receipts for reimbursable expenses to Shani Buchholz within 30 days of recipient's return to campus in order to access their grant funds. Reimbursable expenses include:

  • Reasonably-priced economy class transportation to and from destination country
  • Public transportation (bus / subway) while in country (taxis for use in emergency situations and with appropriate justification)
  • Reasonable economy-class accommodations

Food expenses will be handled based on per diems, rather than individual receipts. Therefore, grant recipients do not need to submit receipts for food purchased abroad. Rather, recipients will receive the daily Meals & Incidental Expense rate (the “M & IE Rate”) that the State Department indicates is the per diem for the area of the world to which the recipient travelled. Recipients must print out a screen shot of the State Department’s website showing the per diem amount and submit it with their receipts. If you have questions regarding per diems, please consult the Controller's website.

Weinstein Grants are only for the recipient's expenses. For any receipts in which the recipient paid for others' expenses, the recipient must indicate on the receipt what charges were his/hers. All funds not used within 30 days of the recipient's return to campus will revert to the originating grant account.

Upon completion of the project, all staff and faculty grant recipients must submit a Final Report (including a brief abstract) containing: a summary of what was accomplished during the period of the grant and specific plans to expand the international character of UR – to Shani Buchholz. If possible, recipient should also submit a photograph of themself in-country. These may be posted on International Education’s website later. These reports must be submitted to the OIE within 30 days of recipient's return to campus.