Funding Opportunities

Many of BU’s schools and colleges offer faculty development opportunities, including seed funding, which can be applied to global education, research, and partnership development. Please check information in your school or college.

BU’s Center for Excellence & Innovation in Teaching offers grants that can be applied to international uses:

BU’s Council for Educational Technology & Learning Innovation issued its first call for seed fund proposals in 2013, with one of three focus areas called “Projects that support or extend BU’s global signature.” Examples include leveraging online capabilities to (1) enhance the experience, reach, and impact of BU study abroad programs; (2) enable students currently tied to a domestic curriculum to fully participate in courses at BU while abroad or otherwise away from campus; (3) open new areas for cross-cultural collaboration and understanding; and (4) reach new national and international audiences.

Federal Opportunities

The Federal Programs Providing Support for International Collaborations Report, commissioned by Boston University, contains information on federal government programs and initiatives that provide support for international collaboration through research and education. The programs and initiatives described help strengthen U.S. research capabilities and allow for international collaborations, but most will not directly fund a foreign institution or researcher.

Boston University Federal Relations facilitates BU’s involvement in key federal decisions affecting research universities, gathers information on emerging federal funding trends, connects faculty with federal funders, shares the University’s expertise with policymakers, works with national educational and scientific organizations, and increases BU’s visibility in Washington.

Funding Trends & Opportunities

Jennifer Grodsky
Vice President for Federal Relations
Boston University

External Opportunities

  • The Center for Chinese Studies in Taiwan provides a grant aimed to promote global Chinese studies and enhance mutual understanding and academic cooperation between Taiwan and the international community. This program is designed for foreign professors, associate professors, assistant professors and doctoral candidates in departments related to Chinese studies, as well as researchers at related academic institutes. 
  • Boston University’s membership in Community of Science (COS) provides access to its Pivot funding and collaborator database, in addition to several other databases useful to investigators.
  • BU Sponsored Programs maintains additional information on funding opportunities and other databases (like GrantForward).
  • The Institute for International Education administers a number of fellowships and programs for scholars in a variety of fields and geographical interest.
  • CIEE International Faculty Development Seminars are in-depth encounters with the people, places, and issues that shape our world. Interdisciplinary by design, all CIEE faculty seminars examine contemporary issues, globalization, and local perspectives. Expect one to two intensive weeks of lectures by local faculty and experts from prestigious institutions, site visits that illuminate ideas explored in those lectures, and opportunities to contribute to lively discussions with international colleagues. CIEE offers a few grants for both new and returning participants. Application deadline for the IFDS program is generally in March, though some seminars fill early.
  • Bellagio Center Residencies and Fellowships. Deadlines vary by program.
  • Several opportunities available through the Social Science Research Council have international focus (South Asia Regional Fellowship Program, Abe Fellowship Program, Eurasia Title VIII Fellowships, Summer Institute on International Migration). Deadlines vary by program.
  • The American Council of Learned Societies offers several fellowships related to international scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. Deadlines vary by program.
  • The National Science Foundation’s Office of International Science and Engineering promotes and coordinates funding opportunities specifically for international research and education collaborations.
  • The US Department of Education’s Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship Program provides grants to institutions of higher education to fund faculty to maintain and improve their area studies and language skills by conducting research abroad for periods of 3 to 12 months.
  • The US Department of Education’s Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program provides grants to support overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies by teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor.
  • The US Department of Education’s Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program provides short-term study/travel opportunities abroad for faculty members from postsecondary institutions who teach introductory humanities or social science courses. The topics of the seminars and the host countries vary each year. Seminars are designed to provide a broad and introductory cultural orientation to a particular country/region.
  • The US Department of Education’s Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program provides grants to plan, develop, and carry out programs to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages.

Please let us know if you have won an international award! We would love to hear about your experience and learn how we can support additional faculty with similar interests and goals in the future.

Information on some fellowships and scholarships for students can be found on the Fellowships & Scholarships website supported by the Office of the Provost.