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 partnerships in a global context. Specifically, Penn Global seeks to increase global activity and to promote research and engagement on the part of Penn faculty around the world by providing funding for projects that will lead to additional external funding and continue beyond the scope of the Global Engagement Fund;
  • 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:

  • Seed funding for new project development abroad
  • Faculty travel to support research abroad (overseas travel must clearly enable specific research activity and deliverables)
  • Faculty and student collaborations
  • Interdisciplinary symposia, conferences, and workshops with clear end products and avenues for continued research
  • Curricular and course development initiatives


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:

    • penn law global research seminar
    • penn law global research seminar
    • India Innovation Conference Keynote Speaker, Chanda Kochhar
    • India Innovation Conference Keynote Speaker, Chanda Kochhar
    • Photo Credit: ICICI Bank
    • lauder institute global south conference
    • lauder institute global south conference
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  • 2018 Timeline

    Call for Proposals:
    Spring 2018

    Proposals Due:

    Awardees Notified: