The Global Engagement Fund is a competitive grant program that seeds creative, cross-disciplinary projects that will further Penn’s global initiatives. The Fund is designed to offer maximum flexibility to support faculty initiatives that enhance Penn’s global engagement. It emphasizes projects that:
- Collaborate across Schools and disciplines and involve multiple faculty members in research and conferences;
- Engage regions of the world in which Penn has active academic partnerships and collaborative activities, such as China, India, Latin America, and Africa;
- Develop interdisciplinary courses and projects;
- Engage young researchers by including a stipend to support an undergraduate student doing research with investigators over a period of at least 8 weeks in the summer outside the United States.
In the past, the Global Engagement Fund's awardees have hosted high-profile cross-School conferences on global topics, conducted interdisciplinary research in Africa, and hosted distinguished international scholars. Many of the projects seek to push the boundaries of knowledge in their field of research. At the same time, conferences and visiting scholars funded will bring the international experience to all members of the Penn community and enrich the learning experience.