Grant Opportunities

Perry World House offers a broad range of grant opportunities to support opportunities for students and scholars alike.

Perry World House (PWH) expands and deepens Penn’s connections with international policy and thought leaders around the world by providing a platform, audience, and academic environment for them to share their expertise, generate new ideas, and broaden their work. To that end, Perry World House welcomes the Penn community — faculty, research centers, institutes, schools, departments, programs, students, and student groups —to apply for funding of up to $2,500 to bring an international policy visitor to Penn from abroad. With this grant program, 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.

For more information and the application, click here.

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.

Since launching in 2016, Perry World House has catalyzed interdisciplinary and policy-relevant research by scholars at Penn and around the globe and convened conversations in Philadelphia on the most pressing global challenges. With its post-doctoral fellowships, Distinguished Visiting Fellows, and Visiting Scholars programs, Perry World House has connected Penn’s students and faculty with the world’s leading academics and policy makers, infusing our research, teaching and, engagement with the ideas, wisdom and experience of those shaping world events.

This new fellowship program will allow untenured faculty members at leading research universities around the world to join Perry World House and the Penn community for a semester or full academic year in residence in Philadelphia to produce a major research project or book. While the fellowship program is for faculty working on global affairs topics, preference will be given to faculty working on subjects broadly related to our two research themes, The Future of the Global Order: Technology, Power and Governance and Global Shifts: Urbanization, Migration, and Demography. More information on our research themes can be found here:

The ideal candidates for this new program will be looking for an in-residence fellowship away from their home institution that will provide the space and support to write, but also the opportunity to collaborate with an interdisciplinary and vibrant community of global affairs scholars and practitioners. Perry World House is especially interested in faculty whose work connects to important global policy conversations and who will want to engage in dialogue with some of the many policymakers from around the world who visit Perry World House. 

The program’s compensation is significant and negotiated on a case-by-case basis. The program is intended to allow scholar faculty member to take a comfortable leave from their home institution often by supporting the difference between a one semester sabbatical and a full year leave. Although final compensation will depend on the circumstances of each applicant, the program will provide at least $50,000 as well as relevant fees and health insurance, if needed. The fellowship will also include $5,000 in research support, as well as the opportunity to help shape workshops and colloquia at Perry World House.

Applications, which should be submitted via Interfolio, are welcome from scholars who have either a Ph.D. or equivalent degrees (including a J.D.), are standing faculty members at a college or university, and are on tenure track but still untenured. Applications for the 2019-20 academic years will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting April 1, 2018. Applicants must include a cover-letter, two-page proposal, CV, and letters of support from their home department and institution. To receive full consideration, applications and letters of recommendation should be received by that date.

The application can be found, here:

Perry World House announces 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.

Since launching in 2016, Perry World House has sought to connect Penn’s students and faculty with those who make and shape policy in capitals around the world. We recently received a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, to further improve the transfer of research and expertise between higher education and the policy world. In addition to funding new workshops and programming at Perry World House, the grant will support course development to better prepare students, with real world examples and perspectives, to work professionally in policy.

The course enrichment grants are for Penn faculty members to either rework an existing course or launch a new class. Applications will be considered for both undergraduate and graduate courses from any of Penn’s 12 schools with preference given to courses addressing policy relevant subjects broadly related to our two research themes, The Future of the Global Order: Technology, Power and Governance and Global Shifts: Urbanization, Migration, and Demography. More information on our research themes and programs undertaken in relation to them can be found here:

Grants are available for $10,000, with a maximum of $5,000 provided to the faculty member as research support and a maximum of $5,000 to support direct expenses. Examples of direct support include:

  • Hiring a research assistant to assist with curricular development.

  • Paying for travel and honoraria for policymakers to serve as guest lecturers or discussants in the course.

  • Research into a case study or simulation module for use in the course. The case study must require original research and lead to the creation of a 15-20-page written, or multimedia, teaching materials that can be used in publications and other courses. The simulation, for example of an event or crisis, will have clearly developed roles, scenarios, and supporting documents.

  • The purchase of materials, modules, or other teaching instruments.

The course must be taught in the Penn curriculum within one year of receipt of the grant. At the end of the grant cycle (the end of the semester in which the course is taught), the grant recipient must submit a 1,500-word report on the grant to Perry World House, describing the uses of the funds, sharing student feedback/evaluations, and explaining how the material can be of future use. Should the grant be used to develop a case study or simulation, the materials related to it should also be submitted as part of the report.

Applications are welcome from any standing Penn faculty member. While applications will be considered on a rolling-basis, the deadline has been extended and review will begin on May 31st, 2018. Applicants must include:

  • a 500-word proposal that details the objectives, strategy, and manner of evaluating policy relevance;

  • a draft or existing syllabus;

  • names or descriptions of exemplary policy visitors (if requesting funds for visitors);

  • and, a budget (in a word document).

Applications should be submitted to: Please include “Course Enrichment Grants” in the subject line of your email.

If you have questions, please email Dr. John Gans of Perry World House at