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Office of Internationalization

Internationalization Grants

**UPDATE March 03, 2021: New Internationalization Grants cycle and Strategic Partnership grants for Academic Year 2020-2021 are still paused at the moment. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may bring. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out by emailing Grant funding is expected to resume in the near future. 

If you previously received a grant from this office that was postponed or unfulfilled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, use of those grants for those who request extensions has been extended to June 15, 2022. Please email to request an extension.  

Beginning in 2018-2019, the Office of Internationalization began awarding grants separately for Strategic and Priority Partnerships Grants (for both faculty and staff) with rolling deadlines and Internationalization Faculty Grants (faculty only). Please see the information under each area below for application processes.


Grant Categories:

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 that has an international component. Applicants must demonstrate the importance of the proposed international activity in their academic and professional career. Appropriate areas of consideration include conference presentations, workshops, and active research collaborations with faculty colleagues abroad. Note that funding will not be awarded for conference attendance. In exceptional circumstances per diem, hotel, conference registration and/or visa costs may also be awarded. A complete and detailed budget is required with the application.

NOTE: Travel and research grants for Strategic and Priority Partners have a different process this year. See the Strategic and Priority Partnership Grants category for further information.

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.

NOTE: Curriculum and development grants for Strategic and Priority Partners have a different process this year. See the Strategic and Priority Partnership Grants category for further information.


The Office of Internationalization is pleased to announce Strategic and Priority Partnership Grants. These grants are a key element of DU IMPACT 2025 and its goals of developing and maintaining comprehensive strategic partnerships with select universities around the world and building Internationalization at Home on the DU campus. Strategic Partnership and Priority Grants are available to full-time faculty and staff at DU, and include staff grants, research, curriculum, and symposium grants, and are available with variable deadlines throughout the academic year. Research grants are considered by the Internationalization Grants Committee and can provide significant funding. Other grant categories have an expedited approval process through Internationalization and the appropriate international partner.

DU’s strategic partners are:

  • Lund University (Sweden)
  • University of Western Australia (Australia)
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa)

DU’s priority partners are:

  • Catholic University of Portugal (Portugal, all campuses)
  • Tohoku University (Japan)
  • University of Glasgow (Scotland, United Kingdom)
  • University of Lille (France)
  • University of San Ignacio of Loyola (Peru, all campuses)
  • With prior approval from Internationalization: Bangor University (Wales, United Kingdom)

To apply for a Strategic Partnership Grant, please see the documentation here.  The budget worksheet link can be found in the General Comments and Application Materials section below.

General Comments and Application Materials

A complete application will include:

  1. A completed cover letter;
  2. A completed one-page budget;
  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.

Cover Letter

Budget Worksheet

Dean's Evaluation Sheet

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). You are encouraged to present the results of your internationalization grant at a symposium, meeting, or the Internationalization Summit. Strategic Partnership Grant recipients will be asked to present their work (as appropriate) at the Internationalization Summit, April, 2021.