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 education abroad spanning more than 45 years of service, 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.


The Ron Koehn Conference Grant Award is given annually to a faculty member or education abroad colleague who has been especially effective in contributing to innovations in education abroad program design. Only individuals from Forum Member institutions are eligible to apply for the Award, and especially welcomed are those from community colleges, international institutions/organizations, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), minority-serving institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs).


The winner of the Award receives a stipend that helps to underwrite the cost of attendance at the Forum Annual Conference. The recipient is expected to attend the entire conference and prepare a report on how the conference benefited him or her. The report and a detailed expense sheet with scanned receipts must be submitted within 30 days of the conference. Upon receipt of this report, grant money will be bestowed.


The application deadline (to be considered for the Award for the 18th Annual Conference) is Friday, December 2, 2022.