Faculty Grants

FDIB Programs from March through July 2020 have been canceled or postponed due to coronavirus outbreak worldwide.

Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB)
Competition for Support

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


Through the Center for Global Business (CGB), the Smith School supports the professional development and training of faculty in the area of international and global business through participating in Faculty Development in International Business programs offered by CGB and other business schools with the Center for International Business Education grant. The CGB also strives to help develop faculty from other educational institutions to help broaden the reach of CIBE resources.

To this end, CGB is actively seeking to support faculty members from a Minority Serving Institution or community college who are interested in broadening their understanding of global business and using the FDIB as a platform for developing a course that will be delivered at their home institution or resources to augment the international content of a course already offered.

CIBE Background

The center is one of 15 federally-funded programs located at universities across the US. The CIBE program was created by Congress under the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 to increase and promote the nation's capacity for international understanding and competitiveness. Administered by the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI, Part B of the Higher Education Act of 1965, the CIBE network links the manpower and technological needs of the United States business community with the international education, language training, and research capacities of universities across the country.

Faculty Eligibility: Applying faculty must be full-time faculty members of an MSI or community college. Preference will be given to faculty who have not participated in a CIBE-sponsored FDIB in the last two years.

Award Application

Faculty must complete the application, which includes (FDIB program selection and rationale). Additionally, the applicants must explain what resources they will create following their FDIB experience; these resources will contribute to a portal of resources that will be available to other faculty members within the CIBE network. Finally, applying faculty must provide a resume and a letter of support from their dean of their associated school. Upon review of applications, chosen faculty members will receive $1,000 from Smith CIBE to participate in an FDIB of their choosing.

Financial support will be granted in an amount of $1,000 for the program fee. Amounts will be paid directly to the CIBE organizing the FDIB and cover the costs of the program fee of the FDIB only. The award cannot be applied to airfare, costs associated with passports, the port of entry visa fees (if applicable), visas, international departure taxes, international airfare, ground transportation for personal use trips, most meals, baggage charges, porterage, tips, and any incidental expenses.

CIBE Hosted Application

As spots for FDIBs are limited, award applicants are encouraged to complete the applications of the CIBE hosted FDIB programs in tandem with this application to ensure their participation. The faculty awarded support is not guaranteed space on their preferred FDIB unless they have applied and are accepted to the hosted FDIB separately.

As a condition of accepting the award, the faculty member will be required to complete the following:

  • Within four weeks of travel, submit a two-page report to CIBE detailing the experience and skills and knowledge gained through the program.
  • Develop materials within two months of travel — simulation, case, article, or another learning tool — to be used in the classroom and shared with faculty at the Smith School and in the CIBE network.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Impact Report of Awardee: Two weeks after return from FDIB

Resources in International Business: Two months after return from FDIB

To be considered, faculty must submit a completed application, letter of support from their dean of their associated school, and a resume or CV. All application materials should be sent in one e-mail message to Marina Augoustidis, associate director, at maugoustidis@rhsmith.umd.edu.

FDIB OPTIONS: Please see the postcard below or check the CIBE website for updates on programs in 2020.

2020 FDIB