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Office of Internationalization

Internationalization Grants

The Office of Internationalization is announcing a new cycle of Internationalization Grants, for use from July 1, 2017 through June 15, 2018. Internationalization Grant applications with letters / documents of support from chairs / directors and deans will be given priority consideration; applications missing either or both supporting documentation will be considered at a lower priority and only funds permitting. Each division and school may set different internal deadlines for applicants to submit their proposals to their chairs or directors.  However, chairs or directors must forward the applications to their deans by Friday, April 28, 2017. Deans must submit proposals to the Office of Internationalization by Friday, May 12, 2017 by email to Staff grants (category four below) have some specific requirements as well.

IMPORTANT: Printed versions of applications will not be considered. In order to be equitable to all applicants, applications that miss these deadlines will not be considered. Applications not submitted to Internationalization by the final deadline will not be considered for any reason. It is up to the applicant to make certain that the application has been submitted by the Internationalization deadline with the necessary supporting materials.  All proposals must be forwarded as one PDF file per applicant (the PDF file should contain all of the documentation listed in 1-3 of the "Guidelines and Proposals Checklists" section).

The dean's review form is available below under the "Applicant Documents" section (additional comments are also welcome). Awards will be decided by an interdisciplinary faculty/staff committee composed of members chosen through the Internationalization Council. You will be notified of the status of your proposal no later than Thursday, June 1, 2017.

The Internationalization Grants are intended to provide support for significant international endeavors and/or as seed money for projects and pilots that should become self-sustaining. They are not intended as a source of ongoing multi-year financial support. Proposals that fall within the following categories will be considered; please indicate which grant you are applying for on your application. ONLY ONE CATEGORY SHOULD BE SELECTED.

1. FACULTY Professional Development AND RESEARCH

Grants of between $500 to $4,000 covering an economy class airfare for international travel that supports professional development and/or research that has an international component. These grants are limited, and applicants must demonstrate the importance of the proposed international activity in their academic and professional career, with
clear outcomes for any proposed research project. Appropriate areas of consideration include conference presentations, workshops, active research collaborations with faculty colleagues abroad, and research that requires international travel. Note that funding will not be awarded for conference attendance, and only in exceptional circumstances will hotel, conference registration and/or visa costs also be considered. A select number of outstanding research grants may receive funding that includes hotel and/or per diem; if awarded such an enhanced grant the recipient will be required to present the research at the annual Internationalization Summit. A complete and detailed budget is required with all applications.

2. Faculty Curriculum and International Development

Grants of between $500 and $8,000 for international travel intended to help add an international component to curriculum either directly or through the development of international partnerships with institutions and faculty abroad (which can include targeted research cooperation such as joint research projects or joint curricula). 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 or activities at the University of Denver as well as a detailed budget.

3. Faculty Strategic Partnership Grants

Grants to support the development of the University's strategic partnership with Lund University (Sweden) and University of Western Australia (Australia). Grants may also be used to support the development of other target strategic partnerships or possible strategic partnerships with the University of Glasgow (Scotland, UK), University of Lille (France), Catholic University of Portugal (Lisbon, Portugal), or KwaZulu-Natal University (South Africa). (Individuals wishing to explore other partnerships with institutions not listed above are asked to apply under the "Curriculum and International Development" category above.) Grants in the strategic partnership category range from $500 to $8,000, and cover a wide spectrum of possible activities, including joint courses, joint curriculum development, development of research collaboration with specific faculty members at the target strategic partners, 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.

4. Staff strategic partner Grants

University of Denver staff may also apply for a grant to pursue a project with a University of Denver strategic partner, currently Lund University. Funding will range from $500 to $4000 and will typically cover airfare and, in extraordinary cases, lodging costs. These grants are a result of the MOU and partnership agreement that DU has signed with LU encouraging staff mobility at both institutions. The expected success of the project must be demonstrated in the application, and the contacts at Lund University must be aware of the project and have worked with the DU applicant on a detailed project outline with specific outcomes to be included in the application. A letter of support from the appropriate supervisor(s) at DU and LU, a ranking from the dean or head of area at DU, and a detailed budget following the guidelines for the overall grants must be included in the application. Note that contacts with Lund University for organizing a staff grant must run through DU's Office of Internationalization and LU's International Relations office. Please contact Internationalization for more information. Staff grants follow the overall grant schedule, with a final deadline for submission to the Office of Internationalization by Friday, May 12, 2017, via email to Late applications will not be considered for any reason.

General Comments and application materials

A complete application will include (all materials as well as general guidelines are available below:

  1. A completed cover letter (see below under "Application Documents" section);
  2. A completed one-page budget (see below under "Application Documents" section);
  3. A summary outlining goals, objectives, and proposed outcomes (no longer than three pages; for staff grants include the project outline)
  4. A letter of support from the appropriate department chair and dean's ranking (for staff grants this may be a supervisor's letter and ranking from dean or head of area).
  5. Applications without a letter of support from the chair / director / supervisor, and/or without the dean's or head of area's ranking, will be considered if submitted by the final Internationalization deadline, funds permitting, but at a lower priority than complete applications. Under no circumstances will applications submitted after the final Internationalization deadline be considered: it is up to the applicant to make certain that the application has been submitted on time with the necessary supporting documents. Printed applications will not be considered.
  6. All proposals must be forwarded as one PDF file per applicant (the PDF file should contain all of the documentation listed in 1-3 of the "Guidelines and Proposals Checklists" section).

Guidelines and Proposal Checklists

  1. Download the cover letter and budget worksheet (see below under "Application Documents" section), and complete the information requested on each.
  2. Include a three-page summary of project outlining goals, objectives, timelines and proposed outcomes.
  3. 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.
  4. All proposals must be forwarded as one PDF file per applicant (the PDF file should contain all of the documentation listed in items 1-3).

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, may be awarded greater funding if appropriate and necessary.

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 strategic partner Lund University (Sweden), or with our potential strategic partners University of Glasgow (United Kingdom), University of Lille (France), Catholic University of Portugal (Lisbon, Portugal), KwaZulu-Natal University (South Africa), and University of Western Australia will be given priority.

All proposals must be forwarded as one PDF file per applicant (the PDF file should contain all of the documentation listed in 1-3 of the "Guidelines and Proposals Checklists" section).

Post-Grant Report

A summary report on the project is due within three months after use of the funds and should be emailed to Not sending in a final report will prevent consideration for future grants until the report has been received. Note as well that printed versions of the final report will not be accepted. All reports should include the following components

  1. An accounting of how Internationalization Grant funds were used.
  2. A description of activities undertaken and how they 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, including an overview of any next steps that need to be taken (because certain goals were not met or because there are new developments in the project, for example).

Sharing Results of Internationalization Grants

**You are encouraged to present the results of your internationalization grant at a symposium, meeting, or the Internationalization Summit.**

Application Documents