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Global Engagement Grants Program


The URC award for Global Engagement (URC-GE) is intended to support faculty efforts to enhance their research through engagement with an international partner institution or faculty member. Applicants for these grants should be DePaul tenured/tenure-track faculty members. Proposals must contain an explicit plan for international mobility. Mobility can either be outbound only (DPU faculty traveling to international partner), inbound only (international partner coming to DPU), or, preferably, a combination of inbound and outbound. The latter option does not require synchronicity of travel.

Global Engagement grants provide up to $4,000 in funding that can be utilized in various ways, for example: pay for replacement cost for the faculty member; travel expenses for the DPU faculty or partner faculty; housing costs (see more examples below). Faculty interested in pursuing these opportunities can contact the office of the Associate Provost for Global Engagement for assistance.


  1. A DePaul faculty member travels to an organization abroad to collaborate on a data collection project to obtain a multicultural sample in concert with their line of research.
  2. A DePaul faculty member travels to a partner institution to conduct work with a colleague. Mobility is necessary due to the need to be in the same location at the same time because of the nature of the research project.
  3. A faculty member travels abroad to study an organization, project, or policy, e.g. poverty reduction, social entrepreneurship, micro-loan set-up and evaluation, or the like.


Eligibility for faculty development grants is limited to full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty. Faculty may apply for one Global Engagement Award per academic year. In selecting awards, the council takes into account three priorities: demands on strategic plans and initiatives, the applicant's record of completing projects, and how the project sustains the university. Implementation of global engagement experiences for faculty may involve course scheduling and faculty compensation issues, For this reason it is imperative that the faculty member coordinates with the Chair/Dean and budget manager of the unit as appropriate. Evidence of this coordination must be provided as a detailed support letter from the Department Chair/Dean, as appropriate, with the application.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted in the Fall and Winter with deadlines of October 15th and March 15th, respectively.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit the following through Campus Connect (click on "grant Proposals" in the "Faculty Center" section) by the appropriate deadline:

  • Project Title
  • Abstract: The abstract should describe the project clearly and completely in non-technical terms.
  • Work Plan & Timeline: The work plan and timeline should be thorough, realistic, and feasible. Further, the specific outcomes for the project should be articulated.
  • Budget Narrative: The budget narrative should clearly justify all requested expenses and provide sources for estimated costs.
  • Budget Form: The budget form should account for each item of expense discussed on the budget narrative.
  • Narrative: The narrative should describe the project in clear, non-technical language. The narrative should also present a compelling argument in favor of the project which will include a clear description of the project's goals and objectives. Further, the narrative should explain the relationship between the project and the applicant's teaching, research, and/or service interests.
  • Current CV
  • One endorsement letter (from the applicant's chair (where applicable) OR dean).

Expectations and Requirements of Recipients

Grant recipients should keep the following in mind:

  • All spending must comply with the council's guidelines regarding eligible and ineligible expenses​.
  • Funding is for 18 months after the grant is approved.
  • The council expects projects to be completed in a timely manner and will not fund projects beyond three years.
  • Must be submitted within 30 days of the grant's expiration. Failure to submit the final report will result in the faculty member being ineligible for future funding from the councils. This report should delineate the activities conducted during the grant, describe the achievement of the project outcomes as outlined in the proposal, and list financial expenditures (include copies of all invoices over $100), and must be submitted within 30 days of the grant's expiration. Failure to submit the final report will result in the faculty member being ineligible for future funding from the councils.
  • The URG-GE does not support travel/living expenses for faculty members who are being hired as adjuncts by international partners during times of availability (e.g., Summer, December, during a paid or unpaid leave).
  • Proposals should offer a clear rational to support the need for the planned international mobility.