TIEF Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Grant

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Grant

All Active status members are eligible to apply for these grants. Click HERE to check your status. If your university is not on this list, please email Dr. William Smith, Director of Global Education and Impact, to learn how to change your status.

TIEF Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Grant (up to $4,000)

The Texas International Education Fund COIL Grant provides direct support for faculty/staff at TIEC member institutions who design and facilitate new virtual international collaborations for undergraduate/graduate students. In collaboration with your faculty partner abroad, you will use best practices in COIL design and student engagement to connect students from each institution through technology.

COIL Activities Should:

  • Support regular course objectives while also enabling students to examine topics from varied cultural and societal perspectives.
  • Use technology, synchronously or asynchronously, to support goals of student learning.
  • Include a strong connection to two or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the details of which can be found here
  • Endure for a period of at least four weeks.

Because of the complexity and nature of COIL programs, this grant allows recipients up to six months for joint planning and design of the course prior to classroom implementation. The funds are budgeted per faculty pair and preference is given to proposals that incorporate faculty from at least one Texas and one affiliate institution. TIEC operating council members at each institution have a directory of contacts at all TIEC institutions, and TIEC will also offer introductions, if needed, during the proposal development process. TIEC will assist both Texas and affiliate members seeking to initiate relationships within the consortium.

The funds will be disbursed as an overload payment in compensation for time developing and implementing COIL activities (all funds for this grant will be provided in the form of a check from TIEC). If a course is co-taught within one institution, the award for that institution may be split between the faculty members. As stated above, the award is intended to be shared between faculty at the partner institutions, but a singular institution’s share may also be divided between more than one faculty, as appropriate.

Selected participants will be required to complete TIEC’s Virtual Exchange Academy (4 weeks, 4 hours per week).
TIEC reserves the right to deny items in the budget that they deem as an improper use of funds. Note: TIEC does not allow indirect costs for any TIEF grant.


  • Courses can be at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • Courses must be 3 or more credits.
  • The course must be taught within two semesters of the award date and must continue after the duration of the grant.


  • Is the COIL activity clearly described, and will it effectively connect students from the two institutions?
  • Will the COIL activity support course learning objectives while also enable students to examine topic from different cultural and societal perspectives?
  • Does the COIL activity provide for experiential education and virtual collaboration among the students?
  • Does the COIL activity have a strong connection to two or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals?
  • If graduate student support is requested, are the student’s responsibilities reasonable and specific?


  • Recipients must initiate the timeline/show initial objectives met.
  • Successful recipients are expected to provide a summary (up to 4 pages) of project outcomes and any proposed next steps within one month of completion.
  • Recipient bios and project summaries will be featured on the TIEC website.
  • TIEC believes in creating space for members to share achievements among their peers. As such, recipients agree to present their programs and outcomes for a TIEC-organized webinar or Operating Council meeting.