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.


There are no grant opportunities available at this time.


UNL Grants

Global Experiential Learning Fund, Due: April 15, 2022

The Global Experiences Office (formerly the Education Abroad Office) is funding an initiative to create or enhance innovative opportunities for students to engage with the world right here at home. Building on momentum from the 2021 virtual and in-person courses, the Office is focusing on creating and expanding impactful, experiential courses or programs especially those that align with the university's Grand Challenges thematic areas. In order to assist the long-term sustainability of these courses and programs, support from this fund is available for three years. The first year will assist recipients to develop a new course/program or significantly enhance one that already exists. The second and third years enable faculty and staff to offer their course or program multiple times, improving and sustaining the course so it can become a key part of your unit's teaching and learning portfolio. Preference will be given to faculty and staff applicants who demonstrate:

  • How opportunities help deepen student understanding of one of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Grand Challenges themes.
  • Focus on building and/or deepening partnerships that can lead to future collaborations with international universities, education abroad organizations, NGOs, etc.
  • Have the potential to be incorporated into your department's regular teaching portfolio, leading to long-term sustainability of the course or program

AwardsUp to $8,000 in Year 1; up to $3,000 in Years 2 and 3



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.


Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program, Due: May 31, 2022

The Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program provides grants for planning, developing, and carrying out projects to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages in the United States. Each program assisted with federal funds must enhance primarily the international academic program of the institution. Eligible activities may include but are not limited to:

  • Development of a global or international studies program that is interdisciplinary in design;
  • Development of a program that focuses on issues or topics, such as international business or international health;
  • Development of an area studies program and programs in corresponding foreign languages;
  • Creation of innovative curricula that combine the teaching of international studies with professional and preprofessional studies, such as engineering; and more.

Awards: Estimated 27 awards of $70,000 to $100,000 over 12 months



Last updated: March 21, 2022