CILMAR Seed Grant Program 

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Each spring CILMAR invites faculty, staff and doctoral students across the West Lafayette campus to compete for seed grants of $500-$5000 to be used for research pertaining to intercultural learning. This Seed Grant program supports faculty, staff and doctoral students who wish to engage in the assessment of intercultural learning outcomes, conduct studies of intercultural competency development, and/or generate new intercultural theoretical development, but lack the resources to do so. Applicants may request seed grants up to $5000 and are encouraged to seek commitments for matching funds from their unit leadership (deans, chairs and supervisors). Please note that CILMAR seed grants are not meant to cover or reduce the cost of study abroad travel, although travel for other purposes (e.g., data collection, data analysis, conference presentations) may be allowable.


CILMAR Seed Grant recipients will be expected to:

  • Utilize intentional, reflective experiential/active learning pedagogies of engagement with cultural differences
  • Implement one or more of the following with Purdue students, faculty or staff:
    • Formative assessment of the attitudes, knowledge, skills or behavior of intercultural competence or related constructs (e.g., multicultural/diversity awareness, global citizenship, cultural intelligence, intercultural communication/interaction, etc.)
    • Program evaluation of an intercultural learning intervention in a course, study abroad program, co-curricular program, etc.
    • Experiments, ethnography, or other common quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods studies that develop cultural/intercultural understandings or theories
    • Validation of new intercultural scales or inventories
    • Exploration at the intersection of global/international and diversity/equity/inclusion and social justice scholarship
  • Serve as a mentor to faculty and staff in the Purdue community interested in intercultural teaching and learning scholarship by participating in CILMAR writing groups, training seminars, and communities of practice
  • Submit a white paper and present a video-recorded presentation of findings from the funded project to be published on the Intercultural Learning Hub ( by early Spring 2021.
  • Pursue appropriate dissemination outlets for their projects in peer-reviewed academic conferences and journals

How to Apply

Applicants should be employed and/or pursuing a course of study at Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus and plan to be on campus during the 2020-2021 academic year.  Please complete the application online at by Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The application requests information about

  1. your expertise and experience in intercultural learning, mentorship, assessment, and research
  2. your planned assessment or research project
  3. your projected budget and any cost share support you have from your local unit
  4. (attached) a brief email or letter from your head of department/school or supervisor that indicates support for your work

Upcoming Informational Meeting

An informational meeting will be held in February. Sign up here.

Past recipients


Hadi Banat, Parva Panahi, Rebekah Sims, & Phuong Tran, $2000, for a research study of intercultural competency development in First Year Writing courses

Xueting Dou, $500, for a conceptual framework for the development of intercultural sensitivity through community-based cultural tourism

Louis Hickman, $500, for a new theoretically based approach to intercultural learning and assessment

Horane Holgate, $2000, for the cultivation of classroom environments that facilitate academic achievement, motivation and development of intercultural attitudes, skills and knowledge using data from instructors and their students

Elizabeth Karcher, $500, for creating collaborative video blogs with students studying abroad

Vicki Kennell, $2000, for the evaluation of the intercultural training of writing tutors in comparison to a control group who received no intercultural intervention

Anne Lucietto, $500, for the comparison of IDI data, pre-study abroad, between Purdue STEM students and others found in referenced studies, in which STEM students fell into more ethnocentric levels of intercultural competence.

Monica Miller, $2000, for a project integrating and assessing self-awareness interventions in the pharmacy curriculum

Heidi Parker, $2000, for a study abroad research project which incorporates the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and the Global Competence Certificate (GCC) into the curriculum. 

Darryl Reano, $500, for GeoConnections and Place-Based Education at Heritage University: Preliminary analysis and results from an introductory environmental science course


Tatjana Babic Williams, $1300, to integrate a more intercultural approach into the curriculum of the Italian language program in the School of Languages and Cultures

Bradley Dilger, Hadi Banat, Parva Panahi, Rebekah Sims and Phuong Tran, $2000, for pairing native and non-native English-speaker first-year writing classes to determine how writing curricula and pedagogy influence the development of undergraduate students' intercultural competence

Louis Hickman, $2000, for the investigation of the relationship between beliefs about cultural controllability and intercultural competence development through a lab-based experiment with pre- and post-testing using the Cultural Controllability Scale

Yeling Jiang, $500, to understand Asian students' behaviors in US culture based on a virtual reality simulation

Nastasha Johnson, $2000, for a three-part intercultural intervention plan for Purdue Libraries faculty and staff that combines formative assessments and development workshops with reflective assignments to increase the intercultural competence of participants

Vasundhara Kaul, $1400, to understand the ways in which transgender people (called 'third gender') in Southern India cope with violence in their lives

Lata Krishnan, $1000, to develop a new Speech, Language and Hearing study abroad opportunity with a service-learning component

Kyongson Park, $500, to examine the relationship between academic, social, and linguistic integration of international students on campus from a process-oriented perspective

Heidi Parker and Margaret Hegwood, $2000, for the intentional development of global and intercultural competence in students enrolled in GEP 200: Research and Design for the Global Engineering Grand Challenges

Ronald Smith, Myron McClure and Robert Stwalley, $1500, to provide an effective way for students to become aware of the importance of intercultural competence and stakeholder diversity and inclusion throughout the design process of the Agricultural & Biological Engineering capstone project


Sweta Baniya, $2000, for a comparative analysis and assessment of intercultural communication of the disaster-affected digitally networked societies of Nepal and Puerto Rico

Bradley Dilger, Hadi Banat, Parva Panahi, Rebekah Sims and Phuong Tran, $4000, to link mainstream and international/L2 writing classes in order to support development of intercultural competence among all students, offering a socially just, effective model for fostering inclusion and community

Rebekah Johnson, $400, to assess the foundation of cultural competence within the School of Nursing faculty

Elizabeth Karcher, $1600, to identify best practices for promoting intercultural learning in short-term agricultural study abroad programs, specifically in the development of empathy

Colleen Kelly, $2000, to complete a three-article dissertation comprised of attempts to shed insight on the BEVI institutional signature phenomenon

Kristen Kirby, $1000, to demonstrate competencies within 80% of graduating senior students and faculty that impact patient care within the six constructs articulated by the AAC&U Intercultural Knowledge and Competence VALUE Rubric by May 2022(student) and 2021 (faculty)












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