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Faculty Internationalization Grants

The Office of Internationalization is announcing a new cycle of Faculty Internationalization Grants with a final deadline of Friday, May 16, 2014. Please note that as indicated below this is a final deadline; there are earlier deadlines for different steps in the process of applying for a grant. This deadline is for grants that will be available for use from July 1, 2014, until the end of academic year 2014-2015. This is the final grant round for the current fiscal year.


Proposals that fall within the following categories will be considered; please indicate which grant you are applying for on your application.

1. Professional Development

Grants in this category may cover economy class airfare, and, in exceptional cases and funds permitting, helping with the payment of hotel costs and visas for professional development that has an international component. These grants are limited, and preference will be given to faculty who demonstrate the importance of the international participation in their academic and professional career and to activities that will demonstrably lead to a publishable outcome. Appropriate activities include conference presentations, workshops, active research collaborations with faculty colleagues abroad. A budget indicating airfare and other costs is required.

Range: Typically $500 - $4,000

2. Curriculum and International Development

Grants in this category are for international travel or other costs intended to help add an international component to curriculum either directly or through the development of international partnerships. To be successful, the grant application will need to include appropriate letters of support if applicable, and a detailed description of the activity and its connection to the departmental and/or divisional curriculum at the University of Denver as well as a detailed budget.

Range: Typically $500 - $8,000

3. Strategic Partnership Grants

Up to 50% of this round's Faculty Internationalization Grants are being held for the development of strategic partnerships, particularly with Lund University (Sweden) and the University of Glasgow (Scotland, UK), although other strategic partners may also be considered. (The complete list of possible partners is included below; this is an exhaustive list and institutions not on the list are not being considered for University-wide partnerships at this time. Individuals wishing to explore other partnerships are encouraged to apply under the "Curriculum and International Development" category above.) Grants in the strategic partnership category cover a wide range of possible activities, including joint curriculum development, development of research collaboration, cross-departmental cooperation, administrative cooperation, online symposia, and the like. The expected success of the activity must be demonstrated in the application. While exploratory travel is possible, preliminary contacts and an agreement on general principles between the strategic partner and the home department of program must be demonstrated and included in the application. A detailed budget must be included.

Range:  Typically $500 - $10,000


A complete application will include (see materials below):

  1. A completed cover letter;
  2. A completed one-page budget (use worksheet below);
  3. A three-page summary outlining goals, objectives, and proposed outcomes;
  4. A letter of support from the appropriate department chair.

Deans are to review and rank applications from her or his division or school using the dean's review form (see below). 


The suggested deadline to submit proposals to department chairs is Friday, April 18, 2014, although chairs are free to set their own internal deadlines either before or after that date. Chairs should submit the proposals to their Deans by Friday, May 2, 2014, although deans as well are free to set an earlier or later deadline. Deans are requested to review and rank their units' proposals and send these directly to by the deadline of Friday, May 16, 2014. All applications must be submitted electronically; printed versions will not be considered. Awards will be decided by an interdisciplinary faculty/staff committee composed of members chosen through the International Council and/or the various divisions and schools of the University. You will be notified of the status of your proposal by Friday, May 30, 2014. 

Guidelines and Proposal Checklists

  1. Download the cover letter and budget worksheet (see below).
  2. Grants will be typically awarded within the ranges specified for each type of grant, although some may receive lesser funding and a select number of proposals, particularly if involving Lund University or the University of Glasgow, may be awarded greater funding if appropriate and necessary.
  3. The budget should be in the separate budget Excel file as a single sheet.
  4. Include a separate three-page summary of project outlining goals, objectives, timelines and proposed outcomes.
  5. All proposals must have a letter of support from the department chair and be reviewed by the appropriate dean. The cover sheet has a specific signature box for both chair's and dean's signatures. 

Requirements and Guidelines

  1. Proposals should demonstrate progress in reaching the University's goal of integrating international and intercultural perspectives and content into teaching, learning, research, and service.
  2. Using the cover letter Word document, include the following information: title of project and name(s) of the director(s) as well as other information as appropriate; a list of any other DU or outside funding applications for the same project and the status of such requests; the total amount of funding requested from the Office of Internationalization, and the time period for which funding is requested.
  3. Research assistance by graduate students should be funded at the current rates according to the OSP website.
  4. Proposals for research required to develop new courses internationalizing the curriculum will be considered only if the research is essential for the project.
  5. "Other" and "Miscellaneous" expenses should constitute no more than 10 percent of the total budget for the proposal.
  6. Proposals building deeper relationships with our strongest study abroad programs are encouraged (see Internationalization Faculty Grant website for a complete list).
  7. Viable proposals building deeper relationships with our potential strategic partners Lund University (Sweden) and the University of Glasgow (United Kingdom) will be given priority.

Post-Grant Report

A summary report on the project is due within three months after use of the funds and must be e-mailed to  Printed versions of the report will not be accepted. All reports should include the following components:

  1. An accounting of how internationalization grant funds were expended.
  2. A description of activities undertaken and how each of these activities advanced the project goals.
  3. A discussion of the ways in which the project contributed to faculty professional development, curriculum innovations, research collaboration or internationalization efforts at the University of Denver.
  4. Reports should include a phase-by-phase or year-by-year update of steps taken and goals both achieved and unmet as part of the grant.

Sharing Results of Internationalization Grants

You may be asked to present the results of your internationalization grant at a symposium, meeting, or summit.

List of Targeted Institutions for Internationalization Grants (the first two institutions listed are priority institutions for potential strategic partnerships):

  • Lund University (Sweden)
  • University of Glasgow (Scotland, UK)
  • Akita International University (Japan)
  • Bangor University (Wales, UK)
  • Catholic University of Portugal Lisbon (Portugal)
  • Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Rennes ("Sciences Po Rennes", France)
  • Lancaster University (England, UK)
  • Mahidol University (Thailand)
  • National University of Ireland Maynooth (Ireland)
  • Queen's University (Northern Ireland, UK)
  • Stockholm University (Sweden)
  • University of Bologna (Italy)
  • University of Ghana (Ghana)
  • University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China)
  • University of León (Spain)
  • University of Lille (France)
  • University of London Queen Mary (England, UK)
  • University of Montréal (Canada)
  • University of Newcastle (Australia)
  • University of Otago (New Zealand)
  • University of Tasmania (Australia)
  • University of Tübingen (Germany)
  • University of York (England, UK)
  • Waseda University (Japan)
  • Yonsei University (South Korea)

Application Documents

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