Applications open: Tuesday 23 February
Applications close: Tuesday 30 March, 16:00 UTC
These grants provide funding for ACU members to deliver a virtual mobility project – such as an online summer school – in partnership with another ACU member university. The grants aim to help students enhance their intercultural skills and global knowledge without the need for physical travel. Watch this video to learn more about virtual mobility projects.
The impact of COVID-19 has transformed internationalisation activities, including student exchange and studying abroad. With public health measures limiting international travel, higher education institutions are experimenting with virtual mobility experiences to support international connections.
While virtual exchanges cannot replace the experience of physically experiencing another culture, and they depend on both access to digital infrastructure and digital connectivity, there is growing interest from policy-makers and higher education leaders in how online collaboration can increase the number and diversify the nature of students accessing the benefits of an international experience.
Complete this survey to help inform priorities for ACU support and advocacy around virtual exchange and mobility. The survey will explore current approaches in this area and responses will be reported on at aggregate level, and not attributed.
The grants cover the costs of delivering a virtual mobility project. This can include:
The projects must involve students from two institutions in different countries interacting online and must be delivered before the end of 2021. Particular preference will be given to projects that target the participation of traditionally under-represented groups.
Funding will be awarded to collaborative projects that address the following priorities:
Five grants of a maximum of GBP 4,500 will be available. Each grant will be split between the two institutions collaborating on the project.
Applicants must first identify a partner at an ACU member university in another country. As part of the application form, applicants must:
You are encouraged to read the DUT-ACU Virtual Mobility Tooklit which is full of ideas and best practice for institutions planning a virtual mobility project. To access this resource, you will first need to register with myACU.
Successful applicants will need to submit a report which compares the outcomes to those projected as part of the application, as well as providing one of their outputs to be shared with other member universities.
Complete an online application form by Tuesday 30 March, 16:00 UTC
Contact us if you have questions.