Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award

The Forum’s Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award was established to honor a Forum member who has been remarkably effective in influencing institutions of higher learning to understand and support education abroad through the dissemination of the Forum’s goals: standards of good practice, data collection and research, curricular development and academic design, and assessment. The award is presented each year at The Forum’s Annual Conference.

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Award for Academic Achievement Abroad

The Forum’s Award for Academic Achievement Abroad recognizes excellence in academic work completed by students as part of an education abroad program.  The students’ projects are judged by faculty from Forum member institutions, award recipients present their work at a plenary session at the Annual Forum Conference each year.

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Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design

The Forum’s Award for Excellence in Curriculum Design honors faculty who develop and implement innovative and effective education abroad curricula. It is the education abroad field’s only award presented to an individual or group of individuals for excellence in the design of an education abroad course.

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Ron Koehn Conference Grant Award

The Ron Koehn Conference Grant Award for Innovative Education Abroad Programs is named in honor of Ron Koehn. A long time education abroad innovator, Ron has played a significant role in advancing the education abroad field, especially through his contributions to innovations in program design. His career in education abroad spanning more than 45 years of service, he contributed extensively to the work of the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), Teikyo University, the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and the Foundation for International Education (FIE). Ron’s energy and creativity have been critical to the growth and success of these organizations, and has helped to offer education abroad opportunities for thousands of students.

Notably, Ron has been a pioneer in the development of study abroad for community college students through his developing ways to combine affordability with quality, and effective curricula with high standards. A beloved mentor to many, Ron has helped to train a generation of education abroad professionals. The Forum’s Ron Koehn Conference Grant Award for Innovative Education Abroad Programs will honour Ron’s outstanding contributions to the education abroad field for many years to come.

Eligibility and Application

The Ron Koehn Conference Grant Award is given annually to a faculty member or education abroad colleague who has been especially effective in contributing to innovations in education abroad program design. Only individuals from Forum Member institutions are eligible to apply for the Award. The winner receives a stipend that helps to underwrite the cost of attendance at the Forum Annual Conference.


Applications for the 2019 Award (for the 15th Annual Conference in Denver) are due by November 30, 2018.




Conference Travel Grant

A limited amount of funding is available to help defray the costs of participating in the annual Forum conference. Travel grants are offered to education abroad professionals who may otherwise be unable to attend the conference without financial assistance. Selection is based on need and demonstrated benefit from attending the conference. Grant awards may range from US$200 to US$500.


Applicants must be employed by a Forum member institution. Preference will be given to session presenters.


Grant recipients are expected to attend the entire conference, then submit a post-conference report on how the conference benefited them. The report must include a detailed expense sheet and be submitted within 30 days of the conference.


Applications for travel grants for the 15th Annual Conference in Boston must be submitted by November 30, 2018. Grant recipients will be notified by mid-December.