Opportunities to fund and support your global activities

Funding Opportunities

Penn has an abiding responsibility to ensure that the University community—including its faculty, staff, students, and alumni—meaningfully engage with the world. Penn is therefore committed to providing the necessary resources and services in order to bring the world to Penn and Penn to the world, and to advance University's preeminence as a global institution.

Penn offers numerous resources and services to support the global endeavors of the University community, and it strives to continuously enhance its mechanisms for support. Included among these support mechanisms are a variety of funding opportunities that offer financial and logistical support for Penn faculty, staff, and students. We encourage you to learn more about the funding opportunities offered by Penn Global, and reach out to the Office of Global Initiatives to learn about other similar opportunities available across campus. 

For Faculty
Global Initiatives
Global Engagement Fund

Managed by the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, the Global Engagement Fund is a competitive grant program that seeds creative, cross-disciplinary projects that will further Penn’s global initiatives. 

Global Initiatives
Penn China Research & Engagement Fund

Launched in March 2015, the Penn China Research and Engagement Fund (Penn CREF) is a five-year, $10 million competitive matching program designed to stimulate and support activity in China and engagement with the Penn Wharton China Center. Penn CREF is managed by the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives on behalf of the Office of the Provost.

Global Initiatives
Penn India Research and Engagement Fund

Launched in October 2017, the Penn India Research and Engagement Fund (Penn IREF) is a competitive matching program designed to stimulate and support activity in India. Penn IREF is managed by the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives on behalf of the Office of the Provost.

Penn Abroad
Penn Global Seminars

Penn Global Seminars (PGS) provide opportunities for outstanding undergraduate students to study a topic with an international focus in an in-depth seminar style course on campus, and then deepen their understanding through short-term travel with the course faculty members. The PGS program is managed by Penn Abroad.

Perry World House
International Visitors Grant

PWH welcomes the Penn community—faculty, research centers, institutes, programs, students, and student groups—to apply for funding of up to $3,500 to bring an international policy visitor to Penn from abroad. Through this program, Perry World House (PWH) hopes to foster greater exposure of Penn students and faculty to interdisciplinary international research and policy engagement, as well as to identify speakers who embody the PWH mission of bridging research and policy.

Perry World House
Global Policy Course Enrichment Grants

In March 2018, Perry World House announced a course enrichment grant program to build bridges between classes in the Penn curriculum and the world of global policy. The program will support Global Policy Course Enrichment Grants to allow Penn faculty to make a course more policy-relevant by supporting the design of a new course, curricular redesign of an existing course, guest speakers from relevant policy communities, the development of policy-oriented case studies, or other creative connections with the policy world.

Applications are welcome from any standing Penn faculty member. While applications will be considered on a rolling-basis, review will begin on April 15, 2018. For more information, click here.

Perry World House
Penn Faculty Workshop Grant

Perry World House is launching a new program designed to encourage collaboration between Penn faculty and Perry World House on one to two day academic workshops with support from PWH of up to $20,000. Specifically, Perry World House is seeking applications from Penn faculty members from any school or department to create a workshop that will advance knowledge and policy engagement in the global space.

Perry World House
Perry World House Residency and Project Completion Grant

Perry World House is launching a new program designed for standing Penn faculty who seek to complete a significant research project and engage in policy outreach stemming from that project while in residence at PWH. Applications for the spring 2019 semester are particularly welcome. We encourage applications both from faculty with sabbatical or other leave, and from faculty seeking a course reduction.

Specifically, Perry World House is seeking applications from Penn faculty members from any school or department to conduct or complete a research project that would benefit from the research time made available through a potential teaching load reduction. 

For Students
Penn Abroad
Global Research & Internship Program

Penn’s Global Research & Internship Program (GRIP), formerly known as the Global Internship Program, provides opportunities for outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to intern or conduct research abroad for eight to twelve weeks over the summer.

Global Fellowships & Research Opportunities

Learn more about the myriad of fellowship and research opportunities that are available to Penn students by visiting the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF).  

For Visiting Scholars & Fellows
Perry World House
Global Lightning Scholars

Perry World House, the University of Pennsylvania’s new hub for global affairs, is launching a fellowship program to bring untenured faculty at either the assistant or associate level from around the world to Philadelphia for a semester or year of writing, fellowship, and bridging the gap between academia and the policy world.

Perry World House
Perry World House Visiting Scholars

Perry World House's Visiting Scholars program brings distinguished academics and renowned thought leaders to Penn to collaborate on research. We welcome scholars broadly working on pressing global affairs issues that align with our two inaugural research themes:  Global Shifts:  Urbanization, Migration, and Demography, and Global Order:  Power, Technology, and Governance. 

Perry World House
Perry World House Visiting Fellows

The academics studying our most pressing global challenges benefit from greater interaction with the individuals responsible for crafting and implementing policy. In a broad sense, Perry World House bridges this divide by connecting policymakers and global affairs professionals with Penn faculty and students. The Visiting Fellows Program creates tangible linkages by bringing 7-10 thought and policy leaders from around the world to Penn for visits ranging from a week to a semester.

Perry World House
Perry World House Postdoctoral Fellows

Post-Doctoral Fellows at Perry World House bring new ideas, energy and insights to the research themes of the Global Innovation Program. Recent Ph.D. recipients from leading universities in the U.S. and abroad spend a year at Perry World House, researching, writing, and connecting with the Penn community. Selected on the basis of overall excellence and doctoral research pertinent to the Global Innovation Program, these individuals continue their own academic inquiries as well as support the collective efforts of the Perry World House community. Upon completion of their fellowships, they become part of Penn’s growing network around the globe.

Other Resources & Services

Visit our Resources & Services page to learn about other ways Penn Global can help support your global activities. Whether a faculty or staff member, student, alumnus, or other member of the Penn community, we will help you find what you need.  


If you have any questions or feedback regarding any of the funding opportunities highlighted above, please let us know! Contact Penn Global at global@upenn.edu with your inquiry and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.