CONFERENCE GRANTS & AWARDS

NEW! Award for Advancing the UN SDGs through Education Abroad

The Forum’s Award for Advancing the UN SDGs through Education Abroad honors member institutions and organizations whose education abroad programs promote economic, environmental, and social sustainability. By recognizing members who have made significant progress towards the SDGs, The Forum hopes to inspire the field as a whole to contribute to a more sustainable future for all. The deadline for nominations was September 13, 2021. Read more»


Award for Academic Achievement Abroad

The Forum’s Award for Academic Achievement Abroad recognizes excellence in academic work completed by students as part of an education abroad program.  The students’ projects are judged by faculty from Forum member institutions, award recipients present their work at a plenary session at the Annual Forum Conference each year. The deadline for nominations was September 13, 2021. Read more»


Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design

The Forum’s Award for Excellence in Curriculum Design honors faculty who develop and implement innovative and effective education abroad curricula. It is the education abroad field’s only award presented to an individual or group of individuals for excellence in the design of an education abroad course. The deadline for submissions was September 13, 2021. Read more»


Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award

The Forum’s Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award recognizes the exceptional contributions of administrators, faculty, and staff at any career stage who have challenged and inspired others to understand and support the benefits of education abroad. The award was established to honor an individual who has been remarkably effective in promoting the positive impact of education abroad on participants, institutions, and members of the home and host communities, and in advancing The Forum’s mission, vision, and foundational principles. The deadline for nominations is December 3, 2021. Read more»


Ron Koehn Conference Grant Award

The Ron Koehn Conference Grant Award for Innovative Education Abroad Programs is named in honor of Ron Koehn. A long-time education abroad innovator, Ron played a significant role in advancing the education abroad field, especially through his contributions to innovations in program design. His career in the field spanned more than 45 years of service, and he contributed extensively to the work of the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), Teikyo University, the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), and the Foundation for International Education (FIE). Ron’s energy and creativity were critical to the growth and success of these organizations, and helped to offer education abroad opportunities for thousands of students.

Notably, Ron was a pioneer in the development of study abroad for community college students through his developing ways to combine affordability with quality, and effective curricula with high standards. A beloved mentor to many, Ron helped to train a generation of education abroad professionals. The Forum’s Ron Koehn Conference Grant Award for Innovative Education Abroad Programs will honor Ron’s outstanding contributions to the education abroad field for many years to come.

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Conference Travel Grants

A limited amount of funding is available each year to help defray the costs for selected individuals to participate in The Forum’s Annual Conference. The Forum’s travel grants are awarded to education abroad professionals who may otherwise be unable to attend the conference without financial assistance. Selection is based on demonstrated need and anticipated benefit from attending the conference. Grant awards may range from $200 to $800.

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