Honors Program

RFP: Honors Abroad in Iceland 2018

RFP for 2018: USM Honors Program
Iceland Study Abroad Program Development

***Deadline Extended: June 5, 2017***

The USM Honors Program requests proposals for the development of new fully funded, faculty-led
study abroad programs with a focus on Iceland for calendar year 2018. Proposals are due May 1, 2017
by 5:00pm EST, and should be kept under 1,000 words. Course development should be completed
before the end of August 2017, with the study abroad component occurring no later than December
2018. Evaluation of proposals will take place in early May 2017 with funding decisions announced on
or around June 1, 2017. A maximum of two programs will be accepted with a capacity of fifteen
students and two faculty members (or faculty/staff) each.

Program Details
The Honors Abroad program is fully funded by two sources. F irst, the A. Ca rolla Haglund ‘51 Fund
supports student travel by providing a full 3-credit tuition scholarship to students who complete and
submit a successful application and essay. Student applications will be received and reviewed by the
USM Honors Program and the USM Office of International Programs. Eligible students are USM
Honors Freshmen who have declared the Honors Minor.

The second source of funding is provided by Honors Program Director Nisetich’s Maine Economic
Improvement Fund (MEIF) grant award and provides funding for travel expenses for USM Freshman,
staff, and faculty. Eligible expenses include ground travel, airfare, lodging, meals, and other travel
incidentals such as museum entry fees.

Please note: Due to the funding parameters associated with the MEIF grant, your study abroad
proposal must include a Maine-based component in conjunction with travel to Iceland. Proposals that
do not follow these guidelines will not be considered at this time.

Full time and part time faculty of USM are eligible to apply for course funding. Each course requires at
least two leaders per program. The primary leader must be a USM faculty member, either part-time
for full-time. The second leader may be a USM faculty member, staff member, graduate assistant or
someone from another University or a colleague in the host country.

Submission Guidelines

***Application materials are located at the bottom of this page.***
1) Download a copy of the course proposal application from.
2) Email completed application PDF and supplemental material to erin.dowling@maine.edu by
June 5, 2017.

Questions regarding the RFP process or components may be directed to Erin Kane at

Proposals will be reviewed based on the basis of the following criteria:
I) Proposed courses will be funded on a competitive basis, based on the quality of overall proposals
received. Quality proposals will make direct connections between Maine and Iceland and will meet
Honors Program goals and follow MEIF guidelines. For guidance on these standards, please contact
Dr. Nisetich and/or Erin Kane.

II) Proposals must clearly articulate how the course will meet Honors and Core Curriculum learning
objectives. Specifically, course proposals should explain how the course content fulfills the Core
Curriculum’s criteria for “International” designation.

More information about Honors in Iceland and the Haglund fund may be found:

More information about MEIF funding may be found:


RFP Materials: To have your proposal considered, please review, complete, and submit all three sections.

RFP Announcement (printable pdf)

Section 1: Proposal Application (pdf)  |  Proposal Application (.doc)

Section 2: Checklist - Division of Responsibility

Section 3: Faculty Remuneration