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Global Programs Travel Grant Initiative

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The University Office of Global Programs (UOGP) is committed to promoting Penn State's vision of becoming a truly global university -- the Global Penn State -- by providing the resources and support needed to expand the diversity of our study abroad enterprise, increase and diversify our international student population, and build transformative, strategic partnerships around the world.

UOGP Travel Grants support, through a variety of grants and awards, proposals designed to accomplish the internationalization of Penn State's curriculum, the globalization of Penn State's campuses and the encouragement of continued leadership and scholarship in geographic regions or thematic areas of global concern.
UOGP has committed a fund to support several grant and award initiatives.  More information and the application forms can be found in the links to each individual grant.
  • UOGP Faculty Travel Grants
    • Awarded for international faculty travel to explore new short-term program opportunities or to accompany students on a new short-term program.
    • Award amount: up to $3,000 for faculty international travel with students or at the exploratory stage
  • UOGP Graduate Student Travel Grants
    • Awarded for international travel to graduate students who are scheduled to present their work at an international conference or other major professional meeting outside of the United States. Priority given to applicants whose work is internationally focused.
    • Award amount: up to $500.
  • UOGP GEN Travel Grants
    • Awarded for international faculty travel to accompany students on short-term, summer, or semester-long programs offered at any Penn State GEN location in collaboration with an institution designated as a Penn State strategic partner.
    • Award amount: up to $4,000
  • UOGP Transformational Travel Grants
    • Grants (renewable up to three years) awarded for international faculty travel to foster the internationalization of new or existing programs that are positioned to make a substantial, long-term impact for the department, college, campus, and/or university.  Examples include the following:
      • programs that will add a new internationally focused major, minor, or concentration to the curriculum in a specific department/college;
      • programs that will add a new required international component for an existing major, minor, or concentration in a specific department/college;
      • programs supported by multiple colleges/campuses that bring together students and faculty from multiple disciplines to solve a common problem from different perspectives.
    • Award amount: up to $3,000, renewable for up to three years.
  • UOGP Academic Internationalization Awards
    • Awarded in recognition of significant achievement in internationalizing the curriculum or academic programming, as well as improving the campus climate for global diversity.  These awards will be given in three categories:
      • College/Department Internationalization Award
      • Center/Institute Internationalization Award
      • Campus Internationalization Award
    • Award amount: $1,000 for each category to be used toward future internationalization efforts of the recipient’s choice and includes a certificate, profile and promotion in UOGP publications.