Office of the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives

The Office of the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives ("Penn Global Initiatives") is a central point of contact for Penn Global and its seven divisions, spearheading efforts to provide strategic direction for Penn's global initiatives. 

Penn Global Initiatives provides a range of support, services, and programming to advance the University's global engagement, including:

  • Global Faculty Research Initiatives: Penn Global Initiatives administers a competitive grant program that provides resources to help faculty and staff undertake a range of research, teaching, service, and other activities with a country, region, or global focus. The grant program consists of four funds: Global Engagement Fund, Holman Africa Research and Engagement Fund, China Research and Engagement Fund, and India Research and Engagement Fund. 

  • Institutional Global Activities: Penn Global Initiatives provides support to the University on matters of institutional importance and global relevance. Such activities may include delegation visits, international engagements and ventures, and tracking of institutional global activity. 

  • New Opportunities for Global Impact: Penn Global Initiatives works closely with partners at Penn and beyond to explore and devise new opportunities to expand Penn's global engagement, impact and reach. 

If you have any questions about what we do or would like to explore ways in which we can partner with you to support your global activities, contact our office by email at

Meet the Team

Led by the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel and Associate Vice Provost for Global Initiatives Dr. Amy Gadsden, the Penn Global Initiatives team manages a wide-ranging portfolio in support of the University's global endeavors.