IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education

IIE, the Institute of International Education, created these awards in 2001 to promote and honor the most outstanding initiatives being conducted in international higher education by IIENetwork member universities and colleges. We are particularly interested in highlighting innovative initiatives or programs that address a specific need, remove institutional barriers, and broaden the base of participation in international teaching and learning on campus. A winning initiative does not have to be the biggest or oldest. It should bring innovative approaches and new resources to bear on addressing a need or taking advantage of a new opportunity. By recognizing excellence and innovation, IIE hopes to encourage the expansion and creation of programs based on these successful models. There are four award categories for 2020 and all awardees will be recognized as part of the IIE Best Practices Conference in New York City on March 19-20, 2020. 

For more information and to view profiles of previous winners, please visit www.iie.org/HeiskellAwardsIf you have any questions about nominating your program for the IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education, contact HeiskellAwards@iie.org

Award Eligibility and Details
  • Only IIENetwork Member Institutions are eligible to apply and we encourage new members to join IIENetwork in order to submit a nomination for the Awards. Applications are welcome from U.S. and international (non-U.S.) members. Please note, for the Partnerships category, at least one of the partnering institutions must be an IIENetwork member. If you are unsure of your institution's membership status, contact membership@iie.org 
  • Deadline to Apply: October 19, 2019
  • Nominations will be reviewed by the Heiskell Award Selection Committees in the Fall, and winners will be contacted at the end of the year.
  • Winning programs will be broadly recognized at IIE's Best Practices Conference, showcased on the IIE website and in the IIENetworker magazine.  Winners will also be presented with an award certificate, a $1,000 prize (shared by winning institutions in the Partnership category) and travel costs to NYC for the formal Awards Ceremony. 

2020 IIE Andrew Heiskell Award Categories

Category 1: Internationalizing the Campus 
Advancing the curriculum development, fostering international opportunities, integrating industry, and driving internationalization of the campus through creative programming. (Note that nominations in this category should be focused on a particular program or initiative as opposed to outlining a broad internationalization plan)

Category 2: Study Abroad

Providing innovative programs and services to make study abroad accessible and equitable for a broader student population. 

Category 3: Best Practices in International Partnerships

Recognizing strategic, comprehensive and innovative international partnership efforts that demonstrate strong, sustainable linkages among higher education institutions or other counterparts such as government, local community, NGOs.

Category 4: Internationalizing the Community College Campus

Creating innovative programs and services to make international opportunities accessible to community college students.

Part I: Basic Information

Heiskell Award Category that you are applying for
Institutional Information
Main Contact for Application
Press Contact Information
Program / Initiative Information
What is the target audience(s) for your program? Please select all that apply.

Part II: Short Answer

Summary of Program (100 word limit)
How does your program contribute to internationalization on campus? (200 word limit)

Character limit: 1500.

Describe how your program is replicable and innovative, relative to your target audience, for your institution and/or in the field? If your program is more than 10 years old, what are you doing to keep it current and/or make it more innovative? (200 word limit)

Character limit: 1500.

What has been the impact of your program on your target audience and/or on campus (include specific data on program and student outcomes)? (200 word limit) 

Character limit: 1500.

Part III: Program Description

Describe the key components of your institution's initiative. Please address whether there is the potential and/or plan to expand the program or number of participants. If so, describe how and outline any future plans for growth. Also, be sure to include information about how your program was/is funded (grants, donors, private sector, campus investment, etc). (1,000 word limit)

Character limit: 7500.

Part IV: Endorsement Letter

Please attach a signed letter* from your President, Chief Academic Officer or SIO endorsing your program's nomination. Nomination packages may also include one additional letter of support if desired. Note: Institutions applying for the Partnership category should include a letter from each of the partnering institutions, and may include up to one additional letter.

*Important: All letters must be:
 - Saved as the name of the institution before uploading the file
 - Combined into one file if there are multiple pages and uploaded together as an image in the format of .jpeg only
If you have any issues uploading your letters or if you are unable to upload your letters using the button below, please email the letter(s) as one combined PDF attachment to heiskellawards@iie.org
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Part V: Submit Application

Please click the "submit survey" button below to finalize and submit your application materials. 

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