Faculty & Staff Funding

Illinois International offers grants, scholarships, and awards to support travel, research abroad, and language study as well as internationally-focused workshops or conferences for undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and other university-affiliated members who show great passion for international education.

Below are the active grants and scholarships for which the relevant parties may apply.

IIP International Research Travel Grant

The Illinois International Programs (IIP) International Research Travel Grant is available to regular, tenure-line faculty members for travel and related expenses outside of the United States for purposes of international research to be used during the summer of 2017 or parts of the 2017-2018 academic year. Grants range from $1,000 to $4,000 per award. The original source of these funds is an endowment initiated by a grant from the Hewlett Foundation that was matched by private donations and University funds.

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These grants are intended to fund travel and related expenses outside of the United States for purposes of international research, both basic and applied. Proposals will be judged primarily on perceived quality. Younger scholars will be given priority, as will proposals that reflect a research effort that is part of a longer term international research program.

The definition of “international” for the grant funding purposes is somewhat elastic and will be determined in the end on a case-by-case basis. Generally, fundable projects of international research include studies which focus upon a particular world cultural, geographical, political and/or economic areas, excluding the contemporary United States; focus upon relationships among institutions in different nations or upon diplomatic or strategic policies; or generate international scientific or artistic data and/or analyses. Both contemporary and historical studies are eligible.

Research travel must be for a period of at least two weeks. Successful applicants must be employed at Illinois during the subsequent academic year, during which time recipients of grants will be expected to present results of their research travel in an appropriate forum (e.g., a brown-bag talk at the appropriate area studies center, a presentation in the department, etc.). Funds awarded from this program may be used for travel costs, per diem, in-country expenses, and other related costs. Funds may not be used for faculty salary.

How to Apply

The submission process is now closed and the committee will convene soon to review proposals. Award notices are projected to be released in January 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions about the IIP International Research Travel Grant

IIP International Conference Grant

The Illinois International Programs (IIP) International Conference Grant is available to support small conferences involving leading experts on important topics of current scholarly interest that have a substantive international content. The original source of these funds is an endowment initiated by a grant from the Hewlett Foundation that was matched by university funds and private donations.

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The intent of this grant is to foster conferences where six to eight leading figures in the selected area participate in presentations and discussions for two to three days on campus. It is encouraged that some of these leading figures be from countries other than the United States. Each participant would be expected to present an original paper, prepared and made available in advance of the conference and open to critique from others. The conference should treat a topic in which there is substantial interest and expertise on this campus, at least two of the participants should be Illinois faculty members. Substantial priority will be given to proposals for conferences to be held on the Illinois campus, and support for annual meetings will be generally discouraged. It is expected that the papers presented at the conference (possibly together with subsequent discussion) will be published or made available to the wider scholarly community. One aspect of the budget for the event, then, could well be support for publication, in order to encourage swift production of a timely and important volume of studies.

The conference need not be a public event in the usual sense, although arrangements should be made for interested Illinois faculty and students to attend. In addition, planning should include public lectures by some of the participants, receptions in the relevant departments and activities that would provide for interaction with Illinois students, in order to encourage broader interactions with the visiting scholars. For example, the Global Crossroads Living and Learning Community would be one venue for visiting scholars to interact with students.

The budget for the conference that will be supported by Illinois International can include travel costs, local costs such as living expenses, and publication costs plus other direct expenses needed to implement a conference. Honoraria for presenting papers will not be supported by Illinois International funds. Any department, or combination of units, can submit proposals, but each proposal must include a funding plan that includes support from other sources (e.g. Research Board, departmental units), and designate a person (or persons) responsible for arrangements. Financial support is available to a maximum of $12,000 per award.

Although the range of topics is not restricted, the topic must deal with an issue of significant importance for international studies. Preference will be given to new topics not addressed in recently funded conferences.

The plan over time for these conferences envisages a series of occasional publications identifiable in the academic community as a continuing contribution by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to intellectual inquiry on an international scale and on topics at the forefront of inquiry. Recipients should acknowledge the source of funds when publishing or presenting materials from these conferences. Although Illinois International Programs cannot at this time sponsor very many conferences per year because of limited resources, an annual series can soon result in a set of volumes in which the campus can take great pride.

A web page for each conference should be developed, if possible, to increase awareness of the conference. This web page should also include a summary of the conference when completed. A link to the Illinois International home page will be established.

A short (two-page) report on the conference should be submitted including publications or plans for publishing. Criteria for award are as follows:

  • Scholarly significance of the international content of the topic;
  • Quality of the leading participants;
  • Quality of plans for the conference and feasibility of implementing the plans;
  • The extent of University of Illinois faculty, student, and other department and college involvement in the conference and accompanying public activities;
  • The degree to which the proposal responds to the timing, financial, publication and other items noted in the request for proposals;
  • Acceptance of an award implies willingness to serve on an IIP Awards Review Committee in a future year.

How to Apply

The submission process is now closed and the committee will convene soon to review proposals. Award notices are projected to be released in January 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions about the IIP International Conference Grant

Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” The director of Illinois Strategic International Partnerships has been designated as the representative for the Urbana campus to the Fulbright Program, and as the central liaison with the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), which administers the various Fulbright grants for faculty and professionals, on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.

Fulbright Opportunities

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers college and university faculty and administrators, professionals, journalists, lawyers, scientists, independent scholars, and many others awards to teach, conduct research, or combine teaching and research in over 125 countries.

Global Flex Award

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Global Flex Award provides U.S. academics and professionals with the flexibility to engage in advanced regional or trans-regional research and/or teaching. As a truly worldwide award, U.S. scholars will be able to collaborate and engage in scholarly activities in two or three countries in one or more regions.

Fulbright Specialists Program

The Fulbright Specialists Program is designed to provide short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) for U.S. faculty and professionals. Shorter grant lengths give specialists greater flexibility to pursue a grant that works best with their current academic or professional commitments.

Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program

Awards in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program are among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program, for senior scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record.

Fulbright International Education Administrators Program

The Fulbright International Education Administrators Program supports annual seminars to introduce participants to the society, culture and higher education systems in Germany, Japan or Korea through campus visits, meetings with foreign colleagues and government officials, attendance at cultural events and briefings on education. Participants gain new perspective on the need to internationalize U.S. campuses and insight into how it can be done.

Fulbright-Fogarty Postdoctoral Awards

Fulbright-Fogarty U.S. scholar grants have been newly established to promote post-doctoral research in public health in resource-limited settings. Apply to participate in conducting current research at sites affiliated with the Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.


To view scholarship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, please visit the Student Funding Opportunities page.