Honors Program

Honors Abroad: RFP 2019

RFP for 2019: USM Honors Program
Iceland Study Abroad Program Development

***Deadline: April 18, 2018

The USM Honors Program requests proposals for the development of new fully funded, faculty-led study abroad programs with a focus on Iceland for the 2019 summer session. Proposals are due Wednesday, April 18, 2018, and should be no longer than 1,000 words. Course development should be completed before the end of October 2018, with the study abroad component occurring during summer 2019. Evaluation of proposals will take place on April 27, 2018, with funding decisions announced on or around May 1, 2018. One proposal will be accepted, and we will accept a second proposal pending funding. Each section has a capacity of fifteen students and two faculty members (or one faculty/one staff).

Program Details:

Two sources fully fund the Honors Abroad program. First, the A. Carolla Haglund ‘51 Fund supports student study abroad by providing a 3-credit tuition scholarship to students who submit a successful application. Applications will be received and reviewed by the USM Honors Program and the USM Office of International Programs. Eligible applicants are USM Honors students who have declared the Honors Minor.

Honors Program Director Nisetich’s Maine Economic Improvement Fund (MEIF) award provides the second source of funding and supports travel expenses for first-year USM students, staff, and faculty. Eligible costs 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. We will not consider proposals that do not follow these guidelines.

Full time and part time faculty of USM are eligible to apply for course funding. Each course requires two leaders per program. The primary leader must be a USM faculty member, either part-time or 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.***

  • Download a copy of the course proposal application from usm.maine.edu/honors
  • Email completed application PDF and supplemental material to erin.dowling@maine.edu by April 18, 2018.

Please direct questions regarding the RFP process or components to Erin Kane at erin.dowling@maine.edu

The following criteria will guide proposal review:

  1. Proposed courses are selected on a competitive basis, and 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 Erin Kane.
  2. Proposals must 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 the Honors Minor and the Honors Abroad program:

Learn more about MEIF:


RFP Materials: To have your proposal considered, please review, complete, and submit the following materials.

RFP Announcement (printable .pdf)

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

Section 2: Examples of activities and assignments or draft syllabus. 

Section 3: Letter of support from department chair.