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

In June 2016, the President and Chancellors of the University of Nebraska (NU) formally adopted a Strategy for Global Engagement. The document emphasizes that “strengthening global engagement and building on a tradition of success with international activities will improve the educational outcomes the university seeks.” As such, NU central administration also 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 internal opportunites available at this time.

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.


Learning, Analytics, and Knowledge Management Support in Kenya, Due: July 31, 2020

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support ongoing applied research and analysis of U.S. government (USG) food security and economic growth programming in Kenya and East Africa. The proposed approach for conducting this applied analytical research should utilize a range of learning, analytics and knowledge management methodologies. The analytical research conducted should offer timely, relevant, and high-quality evidence for adaptive management, informed decision making and improved development outcomes in the agricultural sciences.

If you are interested in developing a proposal in response to this funding opportunity, please complete a notification of intent to submit by 06/22/2020. For more information regarding the internal selection process, visit

Awards: Up to 2 awards of $2,500,000



Strengthening East African Community Phytosanitary Priorities, Due: July 31, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service, Office of Capacity Building and Development seeks to stimulate and support the capacity of the Eastern African Community (EAC) to adopt and implement international phytosanitary standards and improve trade and food security in the region. The selected recipient will work to build the capacity of EAC member states to meet international phytosanitary standards and better harmonize and recognize phytosanitary systems within the region.

Awards: 1 award of up to $500,000 over 25 months



Strengthening West African Community Phytosanitary Practices, Due: July 31, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), Office of Capacity Building and Development (OCBD) seeks to strengthen and further the technical assistance to theWest Africaregion to increase governmental capacity to meet international phytosanitary standards. The project aims to provide teaching to the National Plant Protection Officers (or their delegates) in strong collaboration withEconomic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)and other regional stakeholders. This project will enable the ability of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) countries to meet some of the objectives laid out in the action plan to improve regional phytosanitary systems by supporting international collaboration between countries as well as between ECOWAS and member countries. The selected recipient will work to build the capacity of ECOWAS member states to meet international phytosanitary standards and better harmonize and recognize phytosanitary systems within the region.

Awards: 1 award of up to $350,000



Enabling Agricultural Innovations for Sustainable Food Security: Biotechnology and Seeds Systems in Asia and Africa, Due: August 17, 2020

A key strategic goal for the U.S. Government (USG) and of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is to conduct international outreach and communication regarding the role and importance of science-based and risk proportionate decision-making for the adoption of existing and emerging agricultural biotechnologies as a tool for enabling innovation and helping address challenges to the sustainability of agriculture and global food security in the twenty-first century. The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA/FAS) seeks to partner with a U.S. land-grant university to carry out trainings and provide technical assistance for select Asian and African decision-makers, technical experts, and stakeholders focusing on informed strategies for enabling the science-based adoption of agricultural biotechnologies, including incorporating biotechnology into national and regional initiatives to modernize and strengthen seed systems for innovation.

The purpose of this program is threefold: 1) to enhance understanding of policymakers and stakeholders in the Philippines of the role of modern biotechnology in agricultural innovation, and how such biotechnological innovations can be adopted with appropriate science- and risk-based considerations; 2) to enhance the understanding of African country governments' policymakers and technical experts with responsibilities relevant to the African Union of the role of modern biotechnology in agricultural innovation and how such biotechnological innovations can be adopted with appropriate science- and risk-based considerations, especially for seed production and trade; and 3) to identify and share ways in which biotechnological innovations can advance food security and what trade policies in the Philippines and in the African Union may be needed to help ensure access by their farmers to such innovations.

Awards: 1 award of up to $350,000 over 25 months



New Directions for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions, Due: August 18, 2020

This notice solicits applications for the NEH/AHRC New Directions for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions program. This program is a joint initiative between the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities and the U.K. Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The overarching goal of the program is to advance digital scholarship in cultural institutions such as museums, libraries, galleries, and archives. This program will fund teams in the U.S. and U.K. working collaboratively to deliver transformational impact on digital methods and digital research in cultural institutions. Applications must be submitted by teams, composed of at least one organization from the U.S. and one from the U.K., in which each country is represented by at least one cultural institution.

Awards: $50,000 for Level 1 over 24 months; $150,000 at Level 2 over 36 months



Promoting Science and Rules Based Standards for Processed Food Ingredients in India and China, Due: August 20, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service seeks to partner with a U.S. university to design and implement two short workshops in India and China to facilitate engagement in science-based exchange and dialogue with key officials from these countries. The goal of this exchange is to maintain positive trade trends in processed foods in China and encourage a trade-enabling regulatory environment in India. This engagement is designed to foster coordination and set the foundation for sound science and good regulatory practices so that globalization and harmonization of food additive regulations will be achieved, resulting in an increase of U.S. trade of processed foods.

Awards: 1 award of up to $150,000 over 25 months



Abe Fellowship Program, Due: September 1, 2020

This program seeks to foster the development of a new generation of researchers who are interested in policy-relevant topics of long-range importance and who are willing to become key members of a bilateral and global research network built around such topics. The program provides Abe Fellows with a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 12 months of full-time support over a 24-month period to encourage international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern.

Awards: 3-12 months of full-time supports



Fulbright Arctic Initiative, Due: September 15, 2020

The Fulbright Arctic Initiative brings together a network of scholars, professionals and applied researchers from the United States, Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia and Sweden for a series of three seminar meetings and a Fulbright exchange experience to address key research and policy questions related to creating a secure and sustainable Arctic.

The third cohort of the Fulbright Arctic Initiative will stimulate international research collaboration on Arctic issues while increasing mutual understanding between people of the United States and member countries of the Arctic Council. Using a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach, Fulbright Arctic Initiative III will address public-policy research questions relevant to Arctic nations' shared challenges and opportunities. Academic researchers in the natural and social sciences, Indigenous and local knowledge holders, professionals in the fine arts and liberal arts as well as practitioners working in various fields are encouraged to apply.



Fulbright Global Scholar Award, Due: September 15, 2020

The Fulbright Global Scholar Award allows U.S. academics and professionals to engage in multi-country, trans-regional projects. As a truly worldwide award, U.S. scholars will be able to propose research or combined teaching/research activity in two to three countries with flexible schedule options; trips can be conducted within one academic year or spread over two consecutive years. To support the program mission, grantees will be asked to give public talks, mentor students and otherwise engage with the host country community, in addition to their primary research or teaching/research activity.

Awards: Approximately 20 awards; stipends vary



Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Awards, Due: September 15, 2020

Fulbright's postdoctoral and early career awards provide an opportunity for U.S. scholars who have recently completed their doctoral degree - typically within the five previous years - to deepen their expertise, acquire new skills, work with additional resources and make connections with leading scholars in their fields. Scholars are eligible to apply if they will complete the requirements for their doctoral degree by February 1 of the year following the application submission, unless otherwise specified in the award description. Potential destinations include Israel, Canada, the Czech Republic, Mexico, and Australia.

Awards: Vary according to country



Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, Due: September 15, 2020

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright offers flexible awards including multi-country opportunities.

Awards: Vary according to country



Terra Foundation for American Art International Publication Grant, Due: September 15, 2020

The Terra Foundation for American Art International Publication Grant supports book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art, visual studies, and related subjects that are under contract with a publisher. For this grant program, “American art” is defined as art (circa 1500–1980) of what is now the geographic United States. Awards of up to $15,000 will be made in three distinct categories:

  • Grants to US publishers for manuscripts considering American art in an international context
  • Grants to non-US publishers for manuscripts on topics in American art
  • Grants for the translation of books on topics in American art to or from English.

Awards: Up to $15,000 in three categories



Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Research Travel Grants Program, Due: September 15, 2020

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation awards grants of up to $2,200 each in support of research in the holdings of the Gerald R. Ford Library. A grant defrays travel and living expenses of a research trip to the Ford Library in Ann Arbor. Overseas applicants are welcome to apply, but they will be responsible for the costs of travel between their home country and North America. The grants only cover travel within North America. Library collections focus on Federal policies, U.S. foreign relations, and national politics in the 1960s and 1970s. There are earlier and later materials depending upon your topic.

Awards: Estimated $45,000 available for grants



International Education Administration Seminar (Taiwan), Due: September 1, 2020

The International Education Administrators (IEA) seminar program offers U.S. international education professionals and senior higher education officials an opportunity to create connect with the societal, cultural, and higher education systems in another country. Grantees will learn about Tawian's education system as well as establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues over the course of an intensive two week grant duration. Seminar Activities Include campus visits with a cross-section of universities and colleges; briefings with faculty and administration, government officials, and leading educational experts at public and private institutions; and tours of historical and cultural sites.

Awards: Up to 12 Grantees receive roundtrip travel, lodging, per diem to cover meals and incidental expenses, group insurance, and airport pick-up and drop-off service



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



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: July 20, 2020