Awards and Grants

Awards and Grants


Distribution List • SHU Awards • Distinguished Fellowships

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 Executive 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.

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.