Global Engagement Fund

The Global Engagement Fund (GEF) is a competitive grant program that awards up to $40,000 in funding to creative, cross-disciplinary projects that will further Penn’s global initiatives.   Goals of the fund include:

  • Catalyze entrepreneurial research and engagements in a global context with a focus on promoting healthy, inspiring and productive lives. Specifically, Penn Global seeks to increase global activity and to promote research and engagement on the part of Penn faculty around the world;
  • Engage countries or regions of the world that Penn Global has identified as strategic areas for increased engagement;
  • Promote collaboration and the integration of knowledge across Schools and disciplines.

More details about each of these goals along with further specifics relating to GEF grants can be found in our GEF Guildines. If you have additional questions relating to the GEF, please contact .

Funding Opportunities

The Global Engagement Fund (GEF) offers awards of up to $40,000 through an annual Call for Proposals. Additonally, eligible applicants can apply for funding at any time during the year via our GEF Investigator-Initiated Program

Types of Support

The Global Engagement Fund supports the following activities:

  • Research and academic collaborations
  • Faculty and student collaborations
  • Faculty Exchange programs
  • Distinguished scholar support
  • Interdisciplinary symposia, conferences, and workshops
  • Seed funding for new project development


Penn faculty and senior administrators are eligible to apply.  Preference will be given to those who are full-time, non-tenured professors.  Any questions regarding eligibility can be directed to

What we do not fund

The Global Engagement Fund does not support the following activities:

  • Faculty salaries
  • Operational support
  • Conference or symposia attendance only (paper presentations or speaking engagements may be considered)
    • penn law global research seminar
    • penn law global research seminar
    • India Innovation Conference Keynote Speaker, Chanda Kochhar
    • India Innovation Conference Keynote Speaker, Chanda Kochhar
    • lauder institute global south conference
    • lauder institute global south conference
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  • 2017 Timeline

    Call for proposals:
    Late January 2017

    Proposals Due:
    March 2017

    Awards Announced:
    May 2017

    Exact dates to be released soon.