Global Partnership Awards

The Global Partnership Awards are designed to help develop and sustain partnerships between UNC-Chapel Hill and international institutions, typically colleges or universities. Awards are made to support faculty, staff and graduate students to engage in or explore opportunities for collaborative activity, with preference given to proposals that include designated UNC-Chapel Hill strategic or key partners (although applications can involve other international institutions).

Administered by the Global Relations office, Global Partnership Awards are supported by the Chancellor’s Global Education Fund, the only pan-University, unrestricted fund that supports Carolina’s top global priorities.

Awards are intended to be used for travel and accommodation expenses to visit a partner institution to discuss or facilitate joint research or course development, organize conferences or workshops, present lectures, provide training, serve on graduate student committees or engage in other collaborative activities. Proposed initiatives must advance a partnership between institutions and not solely enable the applicant to conduct personal research or projects.

Awards cannot be used for stipends, honoraria or consulting fees or for students to enroll in courses, practicum or study abroad programs and exchanges.

Award Information

  • Maximum of $3,000 given per award
  • Average award is $1,400


  • Faculty and staff applicants must be full-time employees.
  • Graduate student applicants must be full-time, degree-seeking students returning to UNC-Chapel Hill for at least one semester after the proposed initiative. Students need a faculty sponsor to apply. Undergraduate students are not eligible for this award.
  • Preference is given to outbound personnel, but applicants may apply for funds to bring a partner colleague to Carolina.
  • Recipients are limited to one award per academic year.

Application Information and Instructions


Applications are reviewed by a committee comprised of the director of Global Relations, the international liaison officer, the director of the Global Research Institute and a representative from a FedEx Global Education Center unit. The committee sends recommended applications to the vice provost for global affairs for final approval. Applications are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Does the initiative include a strategic or key partner?
  • Does the initiative have the potential to advance a partnership? Does it expand a partnership to a new Carolina unit or engage new faculty, staff or students?
  • Is the initiative adequate and appropriate to achieve the expected results?
  • Is the proposal specific and well-written?
  • Is the budget clear and reasonable? Are alternate sources of funding identified?

Requirements for Award Recipients

  • Funds are dispersed as reimbursement (receipts required) except approved in advance for special circumstances. Funds must be utilized within six months of the award date, and reimbursement must be requested within one month of travel.
  • Comply with UNC-Chapel Hill’s travel requirements, including submitting the itinerary to the Global Travel Registry, purchasing travel health insurance and observing current warnings and restrictions.
  • Check for IRB Compliance if involving research with human or animal subjects.
  • Submit a report (with pictures, if appropriate) within one month of the initiative describing the activity that occurred and how the partnership was advanced.

Sample Funded Applications

View past recipients of the Global Partnership Award.

Contact Information

Melissa McMurray
International Liaison Officer, Global Relations