Research Funding Opportunities

Global engagement is integral to advancing WashU’s research, teaching, and reputation. Solving large scale international problems cannot be done in or by a single country.  Many areas of research require international collaboration, because the problem is better studied in another country, or because the expertise exists in other countries. In other cases, learning across national borders can help find solutions to local problems.  Our Global WashU website, along with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for International Affairs are dedicated resources to help the faculty of Washington University to navigate funding announcements and opportunities for international collaborative research.  This section of the website provides brief information on internal and/or external programs that are currently calling for proposals that may provide research funding. 

Washington University’s Center for the Humanities, in partnership with the University of Ghana, American University in Cairo and Stellenbosch University, with University of Ghana as the lead institution, has received funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a three-year transnational program, aimed at enhancing research capacity for early career scholars in the humanities. The aim of the project is to create a space for scholars in the humanities to enhance their research agenda in their early career years.
Funding: The program will fund the travel, housing and other related costs of selected early-career humanities scholars from the four institutions to spend four to six months at one of the other partner institutions.
Application Deadline: November 11, 2019
Learn more: BECHS-Africa Fellowship Program
The next McDonnell Academy International Symposium, will take place at Washington University in St. Louis on October 8-10, 2020. The format of this symposium will differ slightly from previous ones. The core of the symposium will consist of faculty-driven workshops, intended to advance collaborative research. While we expect that faculty from McDonnell Academy partner institutions will be a key part, the workshops can include scholars from other institutions. In addition to the focused workshops, the McDonnell Academy will organize several plenary sessions to consider the broader topics from a cross-disciplinary perspective. We anticipate these sessions will include participants from the workshops. As part of the support from the McDonnell Academy, to help incubate collaborative, cross-disciplinary projects, funding for travel and seed grants will be available to support faculty research arising from the symposium. 
Funding: Two types of small grants will be available to support faculty research:
Travel grants: Proposals may request up to $3,500 to help offset travel costs for research collaborators from partner institutions of the McDonnell Academy to attend the symposium.
Seed grants: Grants of up to $15,000 each will be awarded to the 3-5 most promising collaborative research projects arising as a result of the symposium.
Application Deadline: November 15, 2019
Learn more: Call for Proposals McDonnell Academy International Symposium
The Social Policy Institute at Washington University and the McDonnell Academy are seeking proposals for collaboration between Washington University researchers and researchers for international work with a policy focus. The Social Policy Institute’s focus on cross-sector collaboration and international research is a natural complement to the McDonnell Academy’s emphasis on incubating domestic and international research talent and strengthening Washington University’s global profile. As such, this joint seed grant program will capitalize on the strengths of both institutions and further establish Washington University as a leader in global research. The goal is to develop research related to fostering international collaboration on policy projects
Funding: We anticipate providing up to five awards ranging from $10,000-$15,000 each. 
Application Deadline: November 30, 2019
Learn more: Call for Proposals for Seed Grant Program