Since the endorsement of the V2C2, Rice University faculty, staff and students have in many meaningful ways advanced the vision of a university closely connected to institutions and societies in Asia, Latin America, as well as other key regions. Campus collective efforts have expanded service and learning fellowships and projects, widened exchange agreements and activities with university partners, enhanced faculty research relationships, and created joint degree programs.
To build upon the robust network of partnerships, we now seek to strategically build multi-faceted, innovative, and visible collaborations with established OR potential Strategic Partner institutions ("SPIs") around the world. An overseas institution is considered as such if two or more collaboration models (described below) exist at the time of the proposal OR have been planned per mutual agreement or MoU:
With the understanding that face-to-face interactions and discussions enrich and enhance the quality of pedagogy, exchange of ideas , and collaborative goodwill, we have established the Awards for International Collaboration (AIC) to support travel-related expenses necessary for faculty members to catalyze or deepen ties with SPIs. We hereby cordially invite such proposals from members of our faculty.
Full-time and research faculty members and full-time research fellows from all schools and institutes at Rice are eligible to apply.
Proposals may be submitted individually or by a group of faculty, though there is a preference for proposals which integrate interests and/or promote collaboration across various departments, schools, or centers.
Letters of support from department chairs and deans are recommended, but not required.
A committee of referees assembled by the Office of the President will consider and review all proposals. This committee will be comprised of faculty and senior level staff from across the university (who are not SICF applicants). The committee will review each proposal to assess, in no particular priority, the:
Proposals must be submitted using this webform by date above. Proposals should include the following documents in PDF format:
Upon all due consideration and final recommendations by the committee, the President and Provost will inform all applicants of the outcomes.
For questions or feedback, please contact Ryan Kirksey, Senior Assistant to the President.