The University of Illinois employs nearly 3,000 faculty members across 17 colleges and instructional units on the Champaign-Urbana campus. In addition, Illinois welcomes about 2,000 international scholars to its campus each year. Hundreds of faculty members concentrate their research and teaching on international topics ranging from politics and government to global agriculture and international arts, among many others. International Centers and Programs at Illinois include six Title VI Dept. of Education National Resource Centers, language units, and programs from around campus.
International Partnerships at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign include a wide range of activities carried out at various levels of our organizational structure. They include collaborative activities with other universities and institutions of higher education, governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private sector corporations. Typically, such collaborations arise from individual faculty members interacting informally with their colleagues abroad, whether it be in connection with shared research interests or common educational goals for their students. Truly dynamic and sustained international partnerships almost always originate with one or two enthusiastic and far-sighted faculty from each partner institution, who are committed to championing the collaboration among their colleagues and students.
IPS International Conference and Research Travel Grants are offered by the office of International Programs & Studies (IPS). Research Travel Grants range from $1,000 to $4,000 per award, Conference Grants may be up to $12,000. The source of these funds is an endowment initiated by a grant from the Hewlett Foundation that was matched by private donations and university funds. A committee convened by IPS will review the proposals.