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Congratulations to the Faculty/Staff International Development Awards Recipients

January 14, 2020

The International Programs Office announced the following faculty and staff who have been selected to receive Faculty/Staff International Development Awards (FIDA): Brian Dulin (director, Student Support Services-TRIO): Spanish Language, Latin American, Anthropological and International Studies (Santiago, Chile); Megan Fuhlman (academic advisor, Academic Advising Department): Jewish/Holocaust Studies, Central European Studies, Politics and International Business (Krakow, Poland); Shawn O’Neal (director, Student Involvement): Spanish Language, Ecological and Latin American Studies (Heredia, Costa Rica); and Karla Blanco (licensed psychologist, Counseling and Testing Center): Spanish Language, Linguistics, European, Mediterranean and Gender Studies (Alicante, Spain).

Recipients of FIDAs participate in a three- to five-week summer language and culture program at one of the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) sites around the world. Program and tuition costs are included in the award. In addition, recipients receive an award of $2,750 that can be used toward airfare and living expenses.

The FIDA program is designed to offer an international experience to faculty and staff with limited or no prior international experience. Preference is given to applicants with regular and direct contact with students.

The goals of the FIDA program include: Increasing awareness of U of I's education abroad programs; providing an international experience for faculty and staff who may have never traveled abroad; increasing familiarity with USAC; developing professional linkages with colleagues at USAC institutions; and assisting with U of I internationalization efforts.

Contact Bob Neuenschwander in the International Programs Office at for more information on the FIDA program.

The deadline for applying for summer 2021 FIDAs will be early December 2020.

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