IU’s faculty are at the forefront of our efforts to promote global engagement. We are committed to supporting your international research, creative pursuits, and teaching through partnerships and exchange programs with institutions overseas; helping you navigate the policies and procedures governing international activities; and offering various grants, including those to help you create or strengthen collaborations, develop study abroad programs or bring distinguished visitors to campus.
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OVPIA funding opportunities
As travel slowly resumes, OVPIA is ready to help you re-engage with your international research or creative activity or, perhaps, pursue delayed opportunities for collaboration and professional development with several grants and targeted programs. Based on recent reviews of our internal faculty funding programs, including a 2019 university-wide faculty survey, we have modified our competitive grant categories for overseas activities. Our goal is not only to achieve better alignment between funding opportunities and faculty needs, but also to ensure that our use of resources advances IU’s strategic priorities in global engagement.
Grants that support faculty activity overseas
Faculty Exchange Programs
Enhance your research with an exchange program. IU partners with the world’s leading institutions of higher education to offer faculty and librarians unique opportunities abroad.
Deadline: December 1 (for the following summer or academic year)
Global Gateway Grant
Engage in a wide range of activities and collaborate with our Global Gateways in Bangkok, Beijing, Berlin, Mexico City, and New Delhi.
Overseas Study Program Development
Develop a new faculty-led study abroad program – with 2021/22 focus on UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Deadlines: Nov 1 & Feb 1
Visit a current or prospective partner university to strengthen or explore collaboration in teaching, research, or creative activity. There are two tiers of funding: smaller exploratory grants and larger grants to support teams of faculty on collaborative work with colleagues at established partners.
Exploratory deadline: rolling
Research deadline: Nov 1 & Feb 1
Travel for individual research or creative pursuits, including conference participation, archival research, and other short-term activities (for one-time trips, not related to an ongoing IU partnership).
Deadlines: Oct 1, Feb 1, Apr 1, & Jul 1
Grants that support campus internationalization
Global Classroom Fellowship
Partner with a foreign university virtually to teach a parallel course with a student project that spans borders. OVPIA can help connect you to an international partner.
Deadline: April 1, 2023
UNSDG Research Competition
Become a faculty mentor and support your students as they develop research projects based on work related to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Please note that submissions for this competition originate from the student.
Deadline: April 7, 2022
Explore funding for travel expenses to bring distinguished visitors to your campus for events.
There is one form for all OVPIA faculty grant applications. Explore the individual grant requirements in advance and complete the form when you are ready.
We have discontinued the language learning grant. It was the least utilized of OVPIA’s internal funding programs. With the conversion of IU’s rich array of credit-bearing language instruction to online modality during spring 2020, it has become much more feasible for busy faculty to take advantage of their IU employee tuition benefit and enroll in language instruction offered here, especially online at another campus or over the summer.
The Overseas Conference Grant has been replaced with the more general Faculty International Mobility Grant.
These grants are open to permanent, full-time academic appointees at any IU campus. Competitive priority will align with the applicant’s performance evaluation criteria. Tenure-track faculty members receive highest priority. However, non-tenure-track faculty may be eligible for support if their evaluation criteria include research or creative activity, or may be supported for teaching- or service-focused activities. Faculty members in Visiting or Emeritus status are not eligible for these grants, nor are graduate students. OVPIA awards are expressly contingent upon recipients’ continued employment at IU in the semester following the term in which travel takes place.
Generally, it is not advisable to do so, as the OVPIA grants cannot be combined or held simultaneously. Faculty members should consult with OVPIA staff to determine which opportunity best meets their needs. Our competitive process gives priority to applicants who have not received OVPIA support recently, and some programs, such as the faculty exchanges, have established a set timeline for how often a faculty member may travel on an exchange.
OVPIA would determine appropriateness of this scenario on a case-by-case basis. A main goal of our programs is faculty mobility, so we would give lower priority to applications where there is already substantial support of the faculty member’s work at the foreign location.
Internal matching requirements can be met with a funding commitment from an IU department, school, or campus, including a commitment of available unrestricted balances in a faculty member’s IU research account. It is also fine to use travel funding from one of IU’s area studies centers as match. However, we will not consider expenditures of personal funds (out-of-pocket) to meet this requirement.
Schools, in addition to departments, may have matching funds available—for instance, the Bloomington campus College of Arts and Sciences has a matching funds program for OVPIA proposals. Access the College matching funds form here.
OVPIA funding serves two related but distinct purposes::
- To support individual faculty members engaged in international research, teaching or service
- To advance institutional priorities in particular countries or regions.
Program administration is aligned accordingly. Along with short-term faculty exchanges, three of the grant programs—the Faculty International Mobility Grant, the Overseas Study Program Development Grant, and the International Short-Term Visitor Grant—serve primarily the first purpose. Applications for these categories of funding are reviewed by faculty committees.
The Global Gateway Grant and the International Collaboration Grant serve both purposes, and therefore funding decisions regarding these programs take university priorities into account. Global Gateway Grants, which support activities at IU’s gateway offices, are reviewed and approved by the academic director of the relevant gateway. International Collaboration Grants are reviewed and approved by the OVPIA Partnerships team.
Additional funding opportunities
If you are a faculty member at IUPUI (and IUFW or IUPUC), you can apply for OIA Funding Grants through the Office of International Affairs, designed to promote global learning at home, innovation in study abroad, and research, teaching, and community engagement around the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Find information about IUPUI’s faculty funding initiatives
The Office of the Vice President for Research also offers a number of resources to help faculty fund their work, within and outside of the university.