Workshop Grants for Penn Faculty

Since our doors opened in fall 2016, Perry World House (PWH) has served as the global affairs hub for the University of Pennsylvania, connecting the world to Penn, Penn’s research to the world, and bridging the gap between academia and the policy world. To advance this mission, 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. We are especially, but not exclusively, interested in applications that fit within one of Perry World House’s two research themes:

  • The Future of the Global Order: Power, Technology, and Governance. This theme examines implications of changing global power dynamics, impacts of new technologies, and contributions of governance institutions for the future of international cooperation.

  • Global Shifts: Urbanization, Migration, and Demography. This theme examines human movements broadly, including the adaptation of populations around the world to changing environmental, social, political, and security contexts.

To learn more about these research themes and Perry World House, go to:

Successful applications will propose workshops that are both policy-relevant and interdisciplinary, and that advance an academic research agenda of significance. We especially encourage applications from teams of faculty members, particularly across departments within a school or across schools.

Applicants must be standing faculty at the University of Pennsylvania at the time of their application and at the time of the workshop.

Applicants should submit the following to be considered for workshop support:

  • The name(s) and Penn affiliation(s) of the applicants;

  • The title and proposed month and year of the workshop;

  • A 1000-word description of the overall project that describes its connection to Perry World House’s research themes, academic merit, interdisciplinary character, and global policy relevance;

  • A proposed workshop budget;

  • A notional list of participants that makes clear the potential for interdisciplinary and policy relevant engagement in the workshop;

  • A list of other potential sources of financial support for the workshop, such as the faculty member’s research funds, support from a home school (such as the Dean’s Global Inquiries Fund in the School of Arts and Sciences) and support from other University sources (such as a Global Engagement grant from Penn Global); and

  • An indication of any administrative support, beyond Perry World House, that may be available to implement the workshop

Of the $20,000 generally available from Perry World House, applicants may propose allocating up to $5000 of the funds for their own research budget to be spent on aspects of the broader research project which advance policy impact and engagement and should be clearly explained in the application.

Recipients of the Perry World House Penn Faculty Workshop Grants must commit to:

  • Working with Perry World House to ensure that the workshop reflects significant global policy engagement and interdisciplinary perspectives;

  • Holding the workshop at Perry World House;

  • Serving as a Senior Fellow at Perry World House for the academic year in which the workshop is funded, regularly attending the Perry World House Wednesday Lunch Seminar, the annual PWH colloquium associated with the research theme in which your project resides, and other Perry World House events;

  • Writing a report describing the workshop,  its results, and next steps  that can be published on the Perry World House webpage;

  • Writing a shorter-form output (such as an op-ed, blog post or other similar) targeted to influence or engage a relevant policy community; and

  • Publicly acknowledging PWH’s support in future presentations of the work that was generated from the workshop. 

For full consideration, submit proposals to by May 1, 2019. If you have questions, please email