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Office of Internationalization

Internationalization Grants


The Office of Internationalization is announcing a new cycle of Internationalization Grants, for use from May 1, 2018 through June 15, 2019.

This is the second and final of two rounds of grants this academic year. There is an additional strategic partnership grant rolling deadline: see below for more information.

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. While differing divisions and schools may set different internal deadlines, applicants should aim to submit their proposals to their chairs or directors by Monday, March 26, 2018, or whatever date is set by their chair. Chairs or directors must forward the applications to their deans by Monday, April 2, 2018. Deans must submit proposals to the Office of Internationalization by Monday, April 16, 2018 through the listserv. 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.

The dean's review form is available below under General Comments and Application Materials. 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 Friday, April 27, 2018.

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.

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. These grants are limited, and 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 con-ference attendance. Only in exceptional circumstances will per diem, hotel, conference registration and/or visa costs also be considered. A complete and detailed budget is required with the application.

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 partnerships with Lund University (Sweden) and the University of Western Australia. An additional special emphasis is the target strategic partnership with the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa (all campuses). Grants may also be used to support the development of other target strategic partnerships with the University of Glasgow (Scotland, UK), University of Lille (France), Catholic University of Portugal (all campuses), Tohoku University (Ja-pan), and the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (Peru). (Individuals wishing to explore other partnerships with institutions not listed above are asked to apply under the “Cur-riculum 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 (Sweden), and the University of Western Australia. Grants will also be considered for the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). Funding will range from $500 to $4,000 and will typically cover airfare and, in extraordinary cases, lodging costs. These grants are a result of MOUs and part-nership agreements that DU has signed with the partner universities encouraging staff mobility at both institutions. The expected success of the project must be demonstrated in the application, and the contacts at the partner 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 the partner university, 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 the initial discussion with staff equivalents at the partner uni-versity with the intention of organizing a staff grant must run through DU’s Office of Internationalization and the partner university's equivalent 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 Monday, April 16, 2018, through the listserv. Late applications will not be considered for any reason.


Beginning AY 2017-2018, Internationalization is piloting additional deadlines throughout the academic year for Strategic Partnership Grants (grant categories 3 and 4 above). These out-of-cycle grants will be approved funds permitting, and intended only for grants involving Lund University, the University of Western Australia, and in exceptional cases the University of KwaZulu-Natal, with the same criteria as in categories 3 and 4 above. In addition to the deadlines as set out through this call and in Round Two, applicants may submit a Strategic Partnership Grant on March 15 or May 15 for projects between the 1st of the month after the deadline and June 15, 2019.

Example: an out-of-cycle Strategic Partnership Grant submitted on March 15, 2018, is for projects that can run between April 1, 2018 and June 15, 2019.

Applicants must notify Luc Beaudoin, the Vice Provost for Internationalization, at of their intent to submit an out of cycle Strategic Partnership Grant and must obtain letters of support from their department chairs / directors and their deans. Please give them adequate time to write letters of support prior to the deadline. Deans must submit the complete applications through the Internationalization listserv at by the deadline. These grants will be considered by the Internationalization Grants Committee.

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, Friday, April 13, 2018.