UC International Grants

UC International awards funds in support of international education, global research and collaborative initiatives with the University of Cincinnati's key partners around the world.

These grants help fund faculty and staff travel to and from our strategic and developing partner institutions. The goal is to support programs, joint teaching, research collaborations, institution-wide agreements and other partnership activities.

UC International also awards student scholarships for international study and grants for faculty to develop study abroad programs.

International incentive grants

The purpose of these grants is to provide support for the development of new collaborations with a counterpart at one of our strategic partner institutions. Together the UC faculty or staff member and their partner counterpart would collaborate on sustainable projects in areas such as: joint research and scholarship, projects engaging students, collaborative courses, annual events, etc. These grants are offered in support of the Next Lives Here faculty investment and staff enrichment pathways.

To apply, please submit the application form by Tuesday, November 1, 2022

  • Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU)
  • Botswana International University of Science & Technology (BIUST)
  • Chiba University
  • Chongqing University (CQU) 
  • Christ University— Bangalore, India 
  • Future University in Egypt (FUE)
  • Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (TEC)
  • Oranim College
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (PUJ)
  • Technion Israel Institute of Technology 
  • University of Bordeaux (UBx) / University of Bordeaux Montaigne (UBM)
  • University Alliance Ruhr (University of Duisberg-Essen/Ruhr University Bochum/TU Dortmund)
  • University of Cape Coast (UCC) 
  • University of Haifa 
  • University International Casablanca (UIC) 
  • University of Johannesburg (UJ)
  • University of South Australia (UniSA) 
  • University of Trento
  • University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM)
  • University of Zagreb (UNIZG)

Proposals will be accepted from all levels/ranks of faculty as well as from staff who have direct contact with students, contribute to research, or whose positions directly support students’ on-going educational process. 

Applications for collaboration with partners or disciplines where our activities are in their infancy are preferred. Collaborations should be sustainable. Co-investment from the applicant’s home department or college (this need not be an equal match, but some amount or “in-kind” contribution demonstrating the department/college’s commitment to internationalizing its curriculum or activities) is expected.

These grants are non-renewable and final award amounts will be determined by the selection committee. Awards are meant to help offset costs associated with international travel of UC faculty and staff for project development.

The following requests will NOT be considered:

  • funding of trips already taken or currently underway
  • funding for the sole purpose of attending or presenting a paper at an international conference
  • funding to develop a new student exchange program
  • funding to develop a new faculty-led study abroad program (please apply for a Development Grant in this case)
  • funding to shadow an existing faculty-led study abroad program

Application packet must include:

  1. A completed application form, with the following materials uploaded in a single pdf file: 
    1. A two-page (maximum), single-spaced proposal addressing each of the evaluative criteria (see below) 
    2. A one-page itemized budget and explanation of each budget item; 
    3. Copy of a short CV (two pages maximum); 
    4. Letter of support (can be submitted via email) from applicant’s supervisor or Unit Head that indicates how the proposed collaboration will contribute positively to the Department or Unit, and addressing cost-sharing commitment; 
    5. A letter of support from their partner university host  

Criteria to be considered:

  1. Applicant’s Qualification – It is required that the proposal clearly and effectively demonstrates the applicant’s qualifications to develop the proposed project. 
  2. Impact of Proposal – What will be the outcome/deliverable of the trip? Is this a proposal which will provide immediate and long term benefits to UC? Will it serve to strengthen and advance UC’s partnerships? Will it increase international opportunities for UC faculty/Staff/Students? Is there a strong probability of project implementation and sustainability if this proposal is funded? Is there evidence of positive departmental support for the proposed program?
  3. Quality of Proposal – Does the proposal articulate a well-thought-out plan for developing and/or strengthening the collaborative project? Does the proposal contain creative ideas with a credible, appropriate, and attainable approach? Is the budget cost effective? 
  4. Cost-Sharing – Is there a demonstrated commitment for cost sharing in the proposal? 
  • Travel is expected to be completed during the 2023 calendar year.
  • Funding will be transferred to the recipient’s Department. All travel requests will be completed by the grant recipient following university procedures/requirements. It is the grant recipient’s responsibility to ensure that all relevant information is obtained and that the travel request is finalized and submitted for approval.
  • All travel expense reports will be developed and submitted by the grant recipient, following university procedures/requirements.

Within 30 days of completing the funded activity, grantees will be required to submit a narrative report of the trip to UC International. The report should detail what was accomplished during the trip and provide an explanation of the collaborative activity that is expected to result because of the trip. This should include timelines for implementation and benefits to the grantee and UC’s strategic partnerships. The report need not be lengthy but must address each of those areas. Reports not submitted in a timely manner will render the grant recipient ineligible for future grants from UC International. 

Visiting scholar grants

After two years of interruption by pancemic travel restrictions, the call for proposals for visiting scholar grants is now open to enable faculty from strategic partner institutions to develop relationships, launch new sustainable projects and strengthen existing partnerships between our institutions.

The UC International Visiting Scholar Grant enables faculty from our strategic partner institutions to form relationships with UC colleagues, discover UC’s campus, and develop joint research projects in their discipline. The purpose of the Visiting Scholar Program is to launch new sustainable projects and strengthen existing partnerships between our institutions. UC International encourages applications for: 

  • collaborative joint research that includes undergraduate and/or graduate research opportunities emerging from the faculty visit 
  • developing joint classes 
  • establishing articulation agreements

The Visiting Scholar Grant includes the scholar’s round-trip airfare to Cincinnati and lodging and daily breakfast accommodations for 7-10 days, paid for by UC International. The UC departmental host may provide airport transportation, but other meals will be the responsibility of the visitor. The visit must take place during a mutually agreed-upon 7-10 period between January 1-December 31, 2023.


To apply, please submit the 2022 Visiting Scholar Grant Application Form by Tuesday, November 1, 2022. Applicants will be notified of the results by the end of November. Please note that as part of the online application, the applicant is required to prepare and upload the following: 

  • Visit proposal
  • Abbreviated CV
  • Identify a UC host faculty member, and obtain a signed letter of support
  • Obtain a signed letter of support from the applicant’s supervisor

Successful applicants agree to submit a report to both UC's International Office and the international office at his/her institution giving detailed information about his/her visit, activities carried out, contacts made, as well as next steps for further engagement. The report should be submitted within one month after the completion of the visit. 

This call is also being sent directly to individuals who were awarded a Visiting Scholar Grant in 2020 but were not able to complete their visit due to the pandemic travel restrictions. Their applications will be given priority. These individuals should submit the full application form, and indicate in the form that they were awarded a grant in 2020. They will need to explain how their project has continued over the pandemic, and address how their proposal has changed since 2020.

Please contact the UC International Planning office for further information on these faculty/staff grants.

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Jenni Kim Sutmoller

Director of Strategic Partnerships, International Planning