Innovation Competition

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New to the 5th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference, Diversity Abroad invites submissions for the Innovation Competition. An Award of $3000 and $1,000 will be distributed to the top two innovation proposals that support outstanding ideas and programs that support internationalization efforts on campus and abroad, such as initiatives to expand access and support for diverse and underrepresented students in education abroad and initiatives to support inclusive campus programming for incoming International Students. Both students and professionals are eligible to participate in the Innovation Competition. In addition to the written description, Innovation Competition submissions should also include a 2-minute video pitching the proposed idea and describing the plan for implementation. Members of the Conference Planning Committee will review all submissions and identify the 7-10 most promising ideas to be presented at the closing plenary session during the 5th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference. The winners will be announced following the presentations.

Areas of Focus:

Successful Innovation Competition proposals will focus on one or more of the following themes.  

  • Projects addressing access barriers for diverse and underrepresented student populations

  • Projects addressing equitable and inclusive support for diverse and underrepresented student populations in education abroad

  • Inclusive support and programming for incoming international students


The Innovation Competition is open to all individuals engaged in activities related to relevant areas of interest. Proposals submitted by a group of applicants are also encouraged. This competition is available to those representing various types of institutions and organizations, including but not limited to: higher education, K-12, private institutions, public institutions, Minority Serving Institutions, Third Party Providers, etc. Professionals as well as graduate & undergraduate students are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Applicants will supply:

  • A statement of purpose that includes a brief description of the applicant’s background and how this proposal will measurably impact access and/or inclusion efforts in global education. Please also include a summary of implementation plan including a timeline of activities and budget estimates. (maximum 2 pages)

  • 2-minute video pitching the proposed idea and describing the plan for implementation

Application Submission:

Proposals must be submitted electronically. Applicants should submit contact & project details via this form (optimal with Safari or Chrome browsers). Videos can be sent via email to Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals in advance of the deadline. 

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Selection Criteria

Completed applications will be reviewed on the following criteria.

  • Feasibility of the project (e.g., scope, budget, time frame)

  • Innovative and/or creative qualities of the proposed project

  • Potential direct impact on the field of international & global education

  • Applicant’s demonstrated interest in the proposed topic

  • Applicant’s demonstrated interest and/or expertise in the proposed topic


Conference Registration is Required

Applying for the Innovation Competition represents a commitment to attend the 5th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference. The opportunity to apply is available only to those who plan to attend the conference for educational and networking purposes, and not to those who wish to attend exclusively for the opportunity to present. Therefore, all persons applying for the Innovation Competition must register and submit payment to attend the conference at the time that they submit the application materials. Travel grants of $250 to attend the Diversity Abroad Conference will be distributed to individuals selected to present their innovative idea at the closing plenary.


The deadline for applications is January 16, 2017 
All applicants will be notified of their status in early 2017.
Chosen applications are eligible for a $250 travel grant and will present ideas at the 5th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference closing plenary on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN.


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