The APLU International Impact Awards recognize member universities and their leaders for driving an inclusive approach to internationalization, while measuring and demonstrating the impact and institutional commitment of those efforts.
APLU’s Commission on International Initiatives (CII) recognizes excellence in inclusive internationalization efforts at member universities through the following three International Impact Awards:
The awards recognize results in three categories across the institution:
All APLU member institutions*, including previous Award winners, are eligible to apply for one or more Impact Awards. Only complete applications will be reviewed.
*Note: University systems are not eligible for award consideration. For a list of APLU member institutions, please visit our member page.
Submissions for the award are due by Monday, July 3, 2023 at 11:59 PM EDT.
You may apply for one or more of the following International Impact Awards; however, each Impact Award requires a separate application submission.
• Global Engagement
• Global Research
• Global Teaching and Learning
A complete application will include the following elements:
Applying for all three Impact Awards:
For those institutions that submit applications for all three awards, the selection committee will review those applications and may select one winner to receive APLU’s highest award: the Grand Impact Award for Comprehensive Internationalization – demonstrating excellence across all three areas of Global Engagement, Global Research, and Global Teaching and Learning.
Note, your institution will still be considered for each of the three Impact Awards if it is not selected for the Grand Impact Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.
All seven application components must be combined into a single PDF file and submitted via email to Jordan Merker, International Engagement Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If applying for multiple Impact Awards, you must submit separate PDF files for each award.
Abstract (500 word limit): Briefly summarize why your university’s internationalization efforts are exemplary in the specific award category (Global Engagement, Global Research, Global Teaching and Learning), with respect to innovation, inclusivity, and impact.
Narrative (4,000 word limit): Compete the following three sections with respect to the Impact Award for which you are applying (Global Engagement, Global Research, or Global Teaching and Learning). Examples of how to demonstrate impact and institutional commitment can be found in Appendix 1 of the Call for Nominations.
Wherever possible, provide quantitative indicators of how you are achieving inclusivity in your internationalization efforts. Describe how you are working to improve equity, diversity, and inclusivity across a range of demographics, such as: socio-economic or first-in-family status, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, or other categories your institution may monitor.
Examples of institutional commitment and prioritization may be found within the mission, vision, values, and organizational structure of the university. How the administration works with faculty, staff, and students to increase and enhance internationalization of your Impact Award category, is an additional way to demonstrate commitment.
How does your institution measure progress and assess impact? Applicants should include any key performance indicators in this section.
Applications may include up to five pages of additional relevant information.
Wednesday, February 15: Launch request for applications
Wednesday, February 15 – Monday, July 3: Application preparation period
Tuesday, April 4, 4:00-5:00 pm EDT: Institutional Award Information Session (register here)
Monday, July 3 at 11:59 PM (Eastern Time): Deadline for application submission
Wednesday, July 5 – Friday, August 11: Review panel will review proposals and determine the award winners.
Wednesday, August 23: Award winners notified.
November 2023: Award winners honored at APLU Annual Meeting
APLU will appoint a panel of senior international officers from member institutions to review applications. The panel membership will not be allowed to compete for an Impact Award to avoid conflicts of interest.
For questions please contact Jordan Merker, International Engagement Manager at APLU.
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