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Global Partnership Awards

Global Partnership Awards are designed to make a catalytic impact on partnerships between UNC-Chapel Hill and international institutions, typically colleges or universities. Awards are made to support Carolina faculty, staff and graduate students who engage in or develop opportunities for collaborative activity with colleagues at a partner institution, with preference given to proposals that include designated UNC-Chapel Hill strategic or key partners (although applications can involve other international institutions). 

Awards can be used to plan or implement collaborative activities that have the potential to make a catalytic impact on the partnership, such as to facilitate joint research, develop joint academic programs or courses (such as COIL), organize conferences or workshops, present lectures, provide training, or serve on graduate student committees. Travel and accommodation expenses are allowable, as are other types of expenses which support collaborative activityProposed initiatives must advance a partnership between institutions and not solely enable the applicant to conduct personal research or projects. Preference is given to outbound personnel, but applicants may apply for funds to bring a partner colleague to Carolina. 

Awards cannot be used for salary support, honoraria, consulting fees or for students to enroll in courses, practica or study abroad programs. 

Administered by the Global Partnership and Programs team in the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs, Global Partnership Awards are supported by the Chancellor’s Global Education Fund, the unrestricted pan-University fund that supports Carolina’s top global priorities. 

Award Information

  • Maximum of $4,000 given per award
  • Funds are disbursed as reimbursement (receipts required) except when approved in advance for special circumstances. Concur should be used to book flights.
  • Funds must be utilized within six months of the award date, and reimbursement must be requested within one month of travel.
  • Note: University-affiliated international travel is currently prohibited. Recipients who plan travel while this restriction is in place will need to request an exemption and describe the essential nature of the travel in the application.


  • Faculty and staff applicants must be full-time employees.
  • Graduate student applicants must be full-time, degree-seeking students returning for at least one semester after the proposed initiative. Students need to secure a faculty sponsor to apply.
  • Undergraduate students are not eligible for this award.
  • Recipients are limited to one award per academic year.

Application Deadlines and Instructions


Applications are reviewed by a committee comprised of the director of global partnerships, a representative from one of the area studies centers in the FedEx Global Education Center, the director of the Global Research Institute and the manager of global partnership administration. The committee sends recommended applications to the vice provost for global affairs for approval. Applications are evaluated on the following criteria: 

  • How is the initiative tied to the Carolina Next strategic plan?
  • Does the initiative have the potential to make a catalytic impact on a partnership? Does it expand a partnership to a new Carolina unit or engage new participants? 
  • Does the initiative include one of Carolina’s strategic or key partners? 
  • 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 Recipients

  • Submit a report (with pictures, if possible) within one month of the initiative describing the activity that occurred and how the partnership was advanced.
  • Comply with UNC-Chapel Hill’s travel requirements, including purchasing travel health insurance and observing current warnings and restrictions.
  • Check for IRB Compliance if involving research with human or animal subjects.

Sample Applications

View past recipients of the Global Partnership Award.

Contact Information

Melissa McMurray, Manager of Global Partnership Administration
Global Partnership and Programs, Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs