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Global Engagement Grants Program


The PSC award for Global Engagement (PSC-GE) is intended to support faculty efforts to enhance their public service through engagement with an international partner institution or faculty member. Applicants for these grants should be DePaul tenured/tenure-track faculty members. Public service is understood as activities that carry resources of the university into the community. Such resources might be the time and talent of the faculty member(s), materials, programs, and the like. Proposals should describe a definite plan for the faculty member to use their expertise to benefit community members external to DePaul.

Global Engagement grants provide up to $4,000 in funding that can be utilized in various ways (see examples below). Faculty interested in pursuing these opportunities can contact the office of the Associate Provost for Global Engagement for assistance.


  1. DePaul faculty member partners with an institution abroad (educational unit, hospital, NGO, etc.) for the purpose of providing some form of needed sustainable service. The DePaul faculty works with the partner in order to identify the needs of this institution in consultation with its staff and then travels to the partner to implement the plan.
  2. A faculty member travels to an overseas institution, non-profit, or NGO to consult about service-oriented projects, e.g. micro-loan set-up, management, and/or evaluation. The faculty member meets with partners, stakeholders, and community members affected.
  3. In line with the Vincentian mission, a DePaul faculty member travels to create service-learning opportunities with a partner organization abroad.


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, 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 Deadline

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 and 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 for estimated costs.
  • Budget form — The budget form should account for each item of expense discussed in the budget narrative.

Applicants will also be asked to attach the following to their application:

  • 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
  • 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.
  • A final report 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).
  • Proposals should offer a clear rationale to support the need for the planned international mobility.