Awards and Grants

Awards and Grants


Opportunities for faculty abroad exist in several categories, including internal and external awards and grants, and distinguished fellowship opportunities.

Global Affairs Distribution List

Faculty, do you want to receive occasional emails regarding internal and external international grant, travel, and research opportunities? The Office of Global Affairs receives many great updates from external sources and we would love to pass on this information to you through the Global Affairs distribution list. 90% of emails will be faculty focused, with the occasional email related to students or general international information. We also promise not to flood your inbox.  Please note: We cannot filter for discipline/topic specific opportunities.  If you would like to be added to this list please contact the Director of Global Affairs.

SHU Awards and Grants

SHU Office of Foundations and Grants

A central clearinghouse for proposals and proposal writers at the University, the Office of Foundations and Grants exists to advise and assist the faculty and staff in the development of grant proposals to both public and private funding sources and in the administration of sponsored programs. Its ultimate goal is to secure additional funds to enable members of the University community to expand knowledge, to enhance teaching and service activities, to direct innovative projects and research, and to institute meaningful and progressive changes--activities consistent with the University's strategic plan.

The Office of Foundations and Grants maintains a resource library on grants and grantsmanship as well as files of program announcements and application kits for governmental and private sources. The office disseminates information to the faculty and administration via this web site, memos and personal contact. The office matches institutional and faculty interests with potential funders using the SPIN database, as well as manual searches; assists in program planning and proposal writing, including editing and budget preparation; processes proposals via internal review and sign-off procedures; and tracks proposals by maintaining a liaison with funders.

SHU University Research and Creativity Grant

The SHU University Research and Creativity Grant provides funding to support faculty research or creative endeavors geared to publication or presentation that will enhance the faculty member’s professional development. Grant applications are reviewed by a faculty committee representing the four schools of the university.  

SHU International Partner Universities and Programs Mini-Grants

The international Partner Universities and Programs (iPUP) mini-grant program was created in an effort to further support Sacred Heart University’s academic partnerships abroad. Available to SHU faculty and staff interested in visiting one of our partner international universities or programs, the iPUP mini grant is designed to complement existing faculty and staff travel plans. 

Selected awardees will visit a partner university or program during their existing international travels on behalf of the university. These visits allow faculty and staff to represent the university and strengthen existing partnerships, deepen relationships, and/or expand opportunities to generate additional research collaboration. 

A limited number of iPUPs are available each fiscal year. Coordinating the visit will be in collaboration with the Office of Global Affairs and the host institution. 

iPUP Mini-Grant Description, Policies, and Procedures

iPUP Application

Provost's Global Engagement Award

The Global Engagement Award is an annual award to recognize a faculty member who has made a significant contribution to advance global learning at Sacred Heart University. It recognizes contributions to global education and international programs at the University. In addition to honoring an individual faculty member, the award—by identifying excellence in global engagement and by recognizing outstanding work—serves as a resource and inspiration to other faculty.

This award recognizes extraordinary contributions of a faculty member who has initiated, developed and/or supported opportunities for global learning.  Contributions of faculty nominees may be in one or more of the areas listed below:

1.  Globalize the campus and community environment 

  • International festivals, global communities in the residence halls, developing technology for internationalization, supporting international students on campus and in the community organizing conferences with global themes on campus, bringing international visitors to the area, outreach to schools and local community, etc.;
  • Co-curricular activities that contribute substantially to global education and international programs;
  • Creative community building engagement at home or abroad with students, faculty, and staff;
  • Activities that contribute to the planning, design, or development of innovations in international educational and global outreach programs;
  • Dedication to international/non-U.S. citizen students and scholars that promotes understanding of U.S. culture and way of life, and that recognizes the unique contributions international/non-U.S. citizen students and scholars make on our campuses.

2. Expand global learning opportunities for students and/or faculty

  • Short–term overseas programs, study abroad, curricular development, student service learning, internships, research, etc.;
  • Direct contact with students that includes instruction and/or supervision of independent activities such as practicums;
  • Innovative instructional methods which promote cultural competency among students;
  • Promotion of study/learning of other languages or culture by students, faculty and staff in ways meaningful and purposeful;
  • Innovative professional development or training opportunities for faculty which promote cultural competency.

3. Build or sustain global partnerships

  • Initiate and/ or maintain institutional partnership, host families, faculty or student exchanges, collaborative projects, etc.;
  • Hosting of international students or scholars in ways that promote engagement with others;
  • Collaboration with peers and colleagues from outside of the U.S. in ways which are productive and which advance the University’s reputation in the world.

4. Research and scholarship with a global emphasis

  • Faculty development, grant writing, publication, presentation, conference organization, mentoring students in international research, etc.;
  • Contributions to development of institutions in other countries through technical assistance, program development and administration, teaching, or research.

5. Other activities that promote global knowledge, intercultural skills, or global citizenship

An annual award ceremony will take place during the annual Faculty Awards Ceremony held in April. One (1) faculty member will be recognized for a total of one (1) award. The recipient will receive a certificate and $1,000 to support their professional development endeavors.

Beginning each February, submit your nomination here.


External Awards and Grants
10,000 Strong in the Americas
NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Partners of the Americas, and the Department of State are pleased to announce two new grant competitions as part of President Barack Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative. 100,000 Strong in the Americas is the Administration’s signature education initiative in the Western Hemisphere designed to foster region-wide prosperity through increased higher education collaboration. To implement the President’s vision, the Department of State established a public-private partnership with NAFSA: Association of International Educators and Partners of the Americas to raise money for competitive “Innovation Grants” for higher education institutions, following the work of the Commission on the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program and the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Act. 
This first round of funding consists of the following competition:
  • The Promoting Study Abroad in STEM and Sustainable Development (RFP #2) competition will be open to higher education institutions in the United States, Chile, and Peru and is intended to support innovative proposals to increase the number of U.S. students studying in Chile or Peru, preferably in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or sustainable development fields. 
This is the first of what will be many grant competitions designed to increase collaboration and ease student mobility between U.S. and Latin American institutions of higher education. 
To learn more and apply, visit
Carnegie African Diaspora Fellows Program 
The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellows Program (ADF) is a scholar exchange program, offered by IIE in partnership with Quinnipiac University (QU) and funded by a two-year grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY). ADF will support 100 short-term faculty exchange fellowships for African-born academics. The program exemplifies CCNY’s enduring commitment to higher education in Africa. IIE will manage and administer the program, including applications, project requests and fellowships. African-born academics currently living in the United States and Canada and working in higher education are eligible to apply. Fellows will engage in educational projects proposed and hosted by faculty of higher education institutions in sub-Saharan African countries in which Carnegie Corporation operates.

NSF Grant: Catalyzing New International Collaborations (CNIC)

CNIC awards support short international planning visits by US-based researchers or small workshops that are expected to result in submission of follow-on full research proposal(s) to NSF. In addition to the formal solicitation, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the CNIC program are available. Potential proposers should review both these FAQs and the solicitation before contacting program staff. Prior to formal submission in response to this solicitation, it is required that potential proposers make contact with the cognizant OIIA/ISE Country/Regional Program Officer. The OIIA/ISE Country/Regional Program Officers are listed at Note that CNIC does not provide support for, or to participate in, international conferences or congresses. Such support should be requested in proposal(s) to an NSF Directorate (see NSF Grant Proposal Guide sections II.D.8 & II.D.9).

Distinguished Fellowships

Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program offers a number of year- or semester-long research and/or teaching grants for college and university faculty members at all career stages. Short-term consulting grants are also available to U.S. faculty through the Fulbright Specialist Program. Staff may also be eligible to apply to some programs.

Generally, a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree is required to apply for a Fulbright Scholar Program grant. Faculty without a Ph.D. or the equivalent may apply for a Student Program grant to pursue independent research or to work towards a doctoral degree.