Global Funding Opportunities at UNL

Global Engagement Funding Opportunities

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) has had a long tradition of global engagement on campus and abroad. We are committed to providing opportunities that mutually benefit our students, faculty, staff and peers around the world through various grant programs. We invite faculty to explore the ways in which our funding programs can help you advance your needs.

UNL encourages faculty to increase global perspectives in their courses and programs through globally-focused topics, regional histories and perspectives, foreign languages and literatures, and disciplinary insights from different regions of the world. Such experiences are essential in order for students to develop a global mindset and the skills they need to contribute meaningfully in our rapidly changing and globalizing world.

In an effort to meet such goals and strengthen the university's global engagement, UNL, in partnership with the broader University of Nebraska (NU) Central Administration, offer various teaching and research grants to faculty for upcoming academic years.

Additional inquiries should be sent to:

NU Central Grants

The University of Nebraska (NU) system is also supports global engagement building on a tradition of success with international activities that will improve the educational outcomes for students at all institutions in the system. NU central administration periodically offers globally-focused grants to eligible faculty across all four campuses of the NU institution. Below are the current available funding opportunities administered by NU Central for the upcoming academic year.


Collaboration Initiative, Retreat Registration: October 16, 2020 | Applications Due: January 11, 2021

The primary purpose of the Collaboration Initiative is to enhance competitiveness of University of Nebraska faculty for extramural funding by fully leveraging intellectual capacity and research resources across the campuses. The 2020-2021 funding opportunity is designed to facilitate and strengthen research collaborations among NU faculty. This year’s faculty-grant Request for Applications (RFA) will solicit proposals from multi-campus multidisciplinary teams that help position them to compete for extramural funding. Researchable topics will not be administratively predefined, but applications must be designed to strengthen the team’s future funding proposal. All disciplines are encouraged to apply; projects must build towards a competitive extramural funding application. The 2020-2021 Collaboration Initiative will offer different funding opportunities for University of Nebraska researchers:

  • Team Formation and Publication Grants: One-year grants, of up to $7,500 each, to build new research collaborations across University of Nebraska campuses.
  • Preliminary Data and Application Preparation Grants: One-year grants, of up to $40,000 each, to strengthen research collaborations and generate preliminary data critical to extramural research proposal submission.
  • Team Seed Grants: Two-year grants, of up to $150,000 each, to strengthen existing and build new research collaborations among faculty with a track record of extramural research funding.

Proposals will not be considered for funding unless meaningful multi-campus and appropriate disciplinary collaborations are documented. Faculty employed by one University of Nebraska campus (UNK, UNL, UNMC, and UNO) must identify at least one collaborator affiliated with another campus. A retreat to facilitate multi-campus collaborations will be held on Friday, October 30, 2020 via Zoom. Potential PIs/team leaders wishing to be eligible for funding must participate unless special dispensation is granted.

Awards: Varies by award; Principal Investigators must attend the required retreat on October 30, 2020 to be eligible to apply



UNL Grants

There are no internal opportunities available at this time. 

External Grants

Below are external grands and funding opportunities that relate to campus internationalization efforts. Additional funding opportunities can be discovered on the Office of Reseach & Economic Development website.


Grants for Japanese Studies, Due: November 1, 2020

The Japan Foundation offers several grant programs and fellowship opportunities in order to deepen the understanding of Japan in the United States. These programs support institutions, researchers, and students in the field of Japanese Studies. There are multiple grants available, including: 

  • Grant for Japanese Studies - aims to support projects that will enhance and deepen the understanding of Japan through academic exploration, i.e. conferences, colloquia, symposia, presentations, and lectures
  • Japanese Studies Fellowship Programsprovide support to outstanding scholars, researchers, and professionals in the field by offering the opportunity to conduct research in Japan
  • Institutional Project Support (IPS) Programdesigned to encourage innovative and sustained growth of the Japanese Studies field in the United States through support for faculty or staff salaries, travel expenses, visiting scholar support, student support, acquisition of teaching materials, etc.
  • Institutional Project Support (IPS) – Small Grant Programdesigned to: (i) support institutions in the wake of severe budgetary cuts in funding for Japanese Studies in the U.S., (ii) stimulate infrastructural interest in Japanese Studies at small or newer institutions without an established program, and (iii) provide support for innovative programs that promote Japanese Studies

Awards: Varies by award, ranging from $5,000 - $150,000



Rome Prize, Due: November 1, 2020

For over a century, the American Academy in Rome has awarded the Rome Prize to support innovative and cross-disciplinary work in the arts and humanities. Each year, the prize is awarded to about thirty artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence and who are in the early or middle stages of their careers. Fellowships are awarded in multiple disciplines, including ancient studies, architecture, design, medieval studies, Renaissance studies, musical composition, visual arts and more. 

Awards: Stipend of $16,000-$28,000 in addition to meals, bedroom and private workspace



Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies, Due: November 2, 2020

The Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies, in its ninth year seeks to maintain the vitality of China Studies in North America through fellowships for scholars early in their careers. Studies on and in China have developed over the last 30 years in the United States and Canada into a robust field, but current conditions pose daunting problems, especially for scholars just after the dissertation. Early Career Fellowships support pre-tenure scholars in the humanities and the humanities-related social sciences who are preparing their PhD dissertations for publication, or who are embarking on new research projects. Early Career fellowships support research and writing with a priority given to proposals based on the applicant's research in China. Research in Hong Kong, Macau, Tibet, Xinjiang, and Taiwan is eligible. Research may also be conducted on Chinese culture and society outside these areas, as required by the research plan. Fellowships are financially supported by the Henry Luce Foundation with additional funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Awards: Up to $50,000



Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship, Due: November 4, 2020

The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers six to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on Native American or non-US topics. The IDRF program especially welcomes applications from underrepresented institutions. The program invites proposals for dissertation research conducted, in whole or in part, outside the United States, on non-US topics. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.

Awards: 60 awards for an average $23,000



International Research Experiences for Students, Due: November 9 (Track I) and 12 (Track II), 2020

The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports international research and research-related activities for U.S. science and engineering students. The IRES program contributes to development of a diverse, globally engaged workforce with world-class skills. IRES focuses on active research participation by undergraduate and/or graduate students in high quality international research, education and professional development experiences in NSF-funded research areas. This solicitation features two mechanisms: Track I focuses on the development of world-class research skills in international cohort experiences. Track II is dedicated to targeted, intensive learning and training opportunities that leverage international knowledge at the frontiers of research. All PIs, co-PIs and Senior Personnel on IRES proposals must be from U.S. based organizations. International partners should be listed as "unfunded collaborators."

  • IRES - Track I: IRES Sites (IS) projects engage a group of undergraduate and/or graduate students in active high-quality collaborative research, in principle at an international site with mentorship from researchers at a host lab. IRES Sites must be organized around a coherent intellectual theme that may involve a single discipline or multiple disciplines funded by NSF.
  • IRES - Track II: Advanced Studies Institutes (ASI) are intensive short courses with related activities that engage advanced graduate students in active learning and research at the frontiers of knowledge. ASIs typically range in length from ten to twenty-one days and, in principle, must be held outside the United States. ASIs must have a compelling rationale for their international location and should involve distinguished active researchers in the target field from the U.S. and abroad. ASIs should enable students to develop skills and broaden professional networks, leveraging international participation and complementary resources (expertise, facilities, data, field site, etc.) for mutual benefit.

Awards: Track I: 20-25 awards of up to $300,000; Track II: 5-7 awards of $150,000 - $400,000



Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism and International Affairs Collaborative Programming Grants, Due: November 11, 2020

ACLS invites proposals for Collaborative Programming Grants offered by the Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs, made possible by the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation. The program aims to deepen public understanding of religion by advancing innovative scholarship on religion in international contexts and equipping individual scholars and institutions of higher education with the capacities to connect their work to journalism and the media and to engage audiences beyond the academy. Proposals are sought for collaborative projects hosted at US-based accredited institutions of higher education with research and curricular strengths in journalism and communication and in the humanistic and social science fields concerned with the study of global religions.

Awards: Up to $45,000



Immigration and Immigrant Integration, Due: November 11, 2020

The Russell Sage Foundation/Carnegie Corporation Initiative on Immigration and Immigrant Integration seeks to support innovative research on the effects of race, citizenship, legal status and politics, political culture and public policy on outcomes for immigrants and for the native-born of different racial and ethnic groups and generations. It seeks to support innovative research on the effects of race, citizenship, legal status and politics, political culture and public policy on outcomes for immigrants and for the native-born of different racial and ethnic groups and generations. 

In response to the crises of 2020, the foundation is dedicating its next funding cycle exclusively to research that seeks to improve our understanding of these extraordinary times. The severe consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, including its economic disruptions, and the recent mass protests to combat systemic racial inequality in policing and other institutions have reaffirmed the importance of social science research examining economic, political, racial, ethnic, generational, and social inequalities relevant to public policy and social change. 

Awards: Trustee Grants up to $175,000; Presidential Awards from $35,000 - $50,000



Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies, Due: November 16, 2020

This program offers a set of fellowship and grant competitions that will expand the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist thought in scholarship and society, strengthen international networks of Buddhist studies, and increase the visibility of innovative currents in those studies. Opportunities are offered to scholars at various stages of their careers for various project types, including:

  • The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
  • The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
  • The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
  • The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Grants for Critical Editions and Scholarly Translations
  • The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation New Professorships in Buddhist Studies

Awards: Vary according to project type



National Science Foundation Dynamic Language Infrastructure - National Endowment for the Humanities Documenting Endangered Languages, Due: November 18, 2020

This funding partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports projects to develop and advance knowledge concerning dynamic language infrastructure in the context of endangered human languages—languages that are both understudied and at risk of falling out of use. Made urgent by the imminent loss of roughly half of the approximately 7,000 currently used languages, this effort aims to exploit advances in human-language technology to build computational infrastructure for endangered language research. The program supports projects that contribute to data management and archiving, and to the development of the next generation of researchers. Funding can support fieldwork and other activities relevant to the digital recording, documentation and analysis, and archiving of endangered language data, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. Funding will be available in the form of one- to three-year senior research grants and conference proposals. Fellowship support will remain available but will be administered by NEH.

Awards: Approximately 20-25 Standard or Continuing Grants of up to $450,000 for up to three years



NSF Archaeology and Archaeometry Funding, Due: December 1 / December 20, 2020

The goal of the Archaeology Program is to fund research which furthers anthropologically relevant archaeological knowledge. In accordance with the National Science Foundation’s mission such research has the potential to provide fundamental scientific insight. While within the broad range of “archaeology” the focus is on projects judged to be significant from an anthropological perspective, the Program sets no priorities based on time period, geographic region or specific research topic. The Program administers four competitions each of which is described below. It also supports projects submitted under NSF-wide competition guidelines. These include CAREER, EAGER, RAPID and Research Experiences for Undergraduates Supplement requests.

Doctoral Dissertation Research proposals are accepted anytime; Senior Archaeology proposals are due December 20, 2020; and Archaeometry proposals are due December 1, 2020. 

Awards: Varies according to category



Last updated: October 7, 2020