Penn Global Engagement Fund

Fund Requirements

The following is an overview of the funding priorities, eligibility, and criteria of the Penn Global Engagement Fund (GEF).

The Global Engagement Fund is a competitive grant program that seeds creative, cross-disciplinary projects that will further Penn’s global initiatives. 

Successful projects will be cross-disciplinary, faculty-driven, and will seek to develop new or strengthen existing relationships at Penn and with partners overseas.  Priority will be given to projects that advance research and showcase innovative and entrepreneurial models for engagement and that articulate a clean plan for sustainability and impact.

  1. Catalyzing 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

  2. Developing new insight on pressing global issues in key countries/regions of the world and important global trends

  3. Promoting collaboration and the integration of knowledge across Schools and disciplines.

The GEF Annual Program will prioritize support for two categories of activity, including:

Research and engagement awards (up to $40,000)

  • Faculty travel to support research abroad (Note: Proposals should clearly outline how an overseas trip will enable research activities and deliverables.

  • Faculty and student collaborations

  • Curricular and course development initiatives

We will also consider proposals that send interdisciplinary groups of faculty overseas to work collaboratively on education or research initiatives.

Convening awards (up to $12,000)

Research and academic collaborations, such as conferences, symposia, and workshops with clear end products and avenues for continued research.

Eligible applicants can also apply for funding at any time during the year via our GEF Investigator-Initiated Program.  

The GEF Annual Program will prioritize support for two categories of activity, including:

Research and engagement awards (up to $40,000)

  • Faculty travel to support research abroad (Note: Proposals should clearly outline how an overseas trip will enable research activities and deliverables.)

  • Faculty and student collaborations (e.g., students supporting faculty research)

  • Curricular and course development initiatives

  • Interdisciplinary groups of faculty overseas to work collaboratively on education or research initiatives

Convening awards (up to $12,000)

  • Research and academic collaborations, such as conferences, symposia, and workshops with clear end products and avenues for continued research

GEF support cannot be used to support the following activities:

  • Faculty salary

  • Operational support

The GEF will no longer prioritize funding proposals to bring international visitors to Penn. Faculty seeking support for international visitors should seek funding through the Perry World House International Visitors Grant Program.  For more information on this opportunity, please click here.

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 global@upenn.edu

The grant term is limited to one year.  Larger multi-year initiatives will be considered (up to two years maximum). Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Research and engagement projects are not to exceed $40,000. Convening conferences are not to exceed $12,000.  Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to include additional funding contributed by a School, Center, or external partner (including foundations, governmental organizations, etc.). 

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General Fund Information

Return to the homepage to learn more about the Penn Global Engagement Fund.  

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Application Process & Materials

Interested applicants are required to submit the following materials in order to be considered for funding: completed and signed proposal form, proposal narrative, detailed budget and budget narrative, and supporting documentation (e.g., bios, letters of support, etc.). 

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Review Process

All proposals submitted to the Penn GEF will be reviewed on a timely basis by members of the Provost’s Office and Penn Global team, in conjunction with members of a standing committee of peer reviewers drawn from the University community.  

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Points of Contact

Have questions?  Please direct your question to the relevant point of contact.  

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General Fund Information

Return to the homepage to learn more about the Penn Global Engagement Fund.  

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Application Process & Materials

Interested applicants are required to submit the following materials in order to be considered for funding: completed and signed proposal form, proposal narrative, detailed budget and budget narrative, and supporting documentation (e.g., bios, letters of support, etc.). 

rate_review

Review Process

All proposals submitted to the Penn GEF will be reviewed on a timely basis by members of the Provost’s Office and Penn Global team, in conjunction with members of a standing committee of peer reviewers drawn from the University community.  

contact_mail

Points of Contact

Have questions?  Please direct your question to the relevant point of contact.