Faculty Development Travel Opportunities:
The Dominican Republic and Swaziland

Call for applications

The UF International Center invites applications from UF faculty members interested in exploring possibilities for developing new research projects and/or study abroad programs in either the Dominican Republic or Swaziland.   The University of Florida has existing and well-established partnerships and access to facilities in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and Lobamba, Swaziland.  We seek to develop additional UF research and/or study abroad programs that will synergistically build on our existing relationships in these two locales.  

An exploratory trip to each locale will be led by a UF faculty member with extensive experience in the country.  UFIC will provide travel costs (round-trip airfare, accommodations, and per diem) for 2-4 other faculty members.  The trips will provide an opportunity for participants to establish key contacts, visit the facilities, and collectively explore the possibilities for developing new programs to complement existing UF activities in each locale.  We are looking for faculty members who would like to develop a study abroad program, a service-learning course, identify research possibilities for students, and/or carry out research of their own.


The trip to Swaziland will be led by Dr. Bob McCleery (Wildlife Ecology and Conservation), and is planned for 14-22 July 2017.  Dr. McCleery teaches the UF in Swaziland Wildlife Ecology study abroad course.

Dominican Republic

The trip to the Dominican Republic will be led by Dr. Jocelyn Widmer (Urban and Regional Planning) and will take place from 19-23 June 2017.  Dr. Widmer has led the UF in Dominican Republic Impact Assessment Field School.

For more information

UFIC will host a workshop/information session with the two faculty leaders on Monday February 27th at 2:00 pm in the UFIC large conference room, in The HUB. This will be an opportunity to learn more about the specific sites and to discuss and get feedback on the types of activities that might be feasible there.  Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend.


To apply, please submit a current CV and a two-page concept paper explaining the activity you would like to explore during the trip, by email to ogre@ufic.ufl.edu.  Applications will be due by 5 PM on March 27, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by mid-April.


Regular UF faculty members at any rank with a teaching and/or research assignment are eligible to apply. Visiting faculty and adjunct faculty are not eligible.  Strong priority will be given to faculty who have not previously visited the locale, and with a strong rationale and potential for building interdisciplinary research and student activities on the site.

Follow up

We will ask each participant to write a brief report of the trip discussing the potential for new program development, as well as to attend a follow-up meeting to discuss UFIC support for new program development with our Office of Global Research Engagement and Study Abroad office.