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Funding for international engagement available

By Office of International Affairs

October 12, 2021

  • International Festival held at the IUPUI Campus Center on Thursday, February 27, 2020.
    Liz Kaye | Indiana University

The Office of International Affairs has a new round of funding opportunities to support priority areas for internationalization efforts across the IUPUI, IUPUC and IU Fort Wayne campuses. These priority areas include expanding virtual global learning in classrooms, fostering intentional learning spaces for intercultural conversations and advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The first, with an application deadline of Nov. 1, is the Global Impact Research Grant, which is available through a partnership with the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research. The grant provides support for a limited number of proposals that use an interdisciplinary approach to tackling issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals. Proposals must address two or more of the goals and ideally be collaborative as well, involving two or more IUPUI faculty from different departments or schools, with involvement from local or international communities and partners being encouraged too. Priority will be given to proposals that address the goals through lenses of social justice and intercultural competence. Funding of up to $30,000 is available.

Smaller in scale is the Sustainable Development Goals Grant Program, through which faculty and staff commit to being part of this vital work through their research, service or teaching. Grants awarded for research would develop pathways to engage in interdisciplinary and transnational conversations around the Sustainable Development Goals. Grants for service would advance the development of community engagement initiatives locally and globally around the goals, and grants for teaching would integrate the goals into curricular and co-curricular programs, including study abroad. Funding of up to $2,500 is available, and applications are due Nov. 15.

The Virtual Global Learning Fellows Grant Program, formerly known as the Virtual Exchange Fellows Program, is available to faculty and staff who are interested in facilitating a global learning experience in a virtual environment with an international partner for either curricular or co-curricular activities. The program, which will take place in spring and summer 2022, can be implemented synchronously or asynchronously and can include video conference, discussion boards, collaborative platforms, messaging tools or other communication methods. Fellows will receive $2,000, and applications are due Nov. 15.

The Student Integration and Intercultural Engagement Grant is a new funding initiative. The grant will support faculty and staff in developing or enhancing courses or co-curricular programs that provide or sustain opportunities for international and domestic students to interact through collective learning, intercultural engagement, group research and community outreach activities. Funding of $2,000 is available for curricular enhancements, and $1,500 is available for new programmatic initiatives that satisfy the grant requirements. Applications are due Nov. 15.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to apply for one of the grant opportunities to expand upon global teaching, research and service, as well as to make IUPUI, IUPUC and IU Fort Wayne even more global and inclusive by building international foundations for years to come.