Global Engagement Fund

The Global Engagement Fund (GEF) is a competitive grant program that awards up to $25,000 in funding to creative, cross-disciplinary projects that will further Penn’s global initiatives.   Goals of the fund include:

  • Promoting collaboration across Schools and disciplines;
  • Engaging regions of the world in which Penn has active academic partnerships and collaborative activities;
  • Catalyzing entrepreneurial research and engagements in a global context.

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 $25,000 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
  • Exchange programs
  • Distinguished scholar support
  • Interdisciplinary symposia, conferences, and workshops
  • Seed funding for new project development


Eligibility is limited to Penn assistant, associate and full professors, in any track, at any professional level.  Preference will be given to those who are full-time, non-tenured professors.

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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  • 2014-2015 Timeline

    Call for proposals:
    December 1, 2014

    Proposals Due:
    January 31, 2014

    Awards Announced:
    April 4, 2014

  • 2014-2015 Call for Proposals (Not Yet Available)