External Funding Opportunities

External Funding Opportunities

For Students: Beijing Institute of Technology Scholarships

1. 10 BIT Scholarship for Exchange Students to study in BIT for one or two semesters for the academic year 2015-2016 (two intakes in 2015, March and September.).

2. 10 Sino-US Cultural Communication Special Scholarship to pursue Master or PhD degree programs at BIT (intake in September 2015).

BIT 2015 Admission Book

2016-2017 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others.  In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright will be offering more opportunities for multi-country grants through enhanced global and regional awards.

Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about that nearly 600 core Fulbright U.S. Scholar opportunities by visiting the online Catalog of Awards or by participating in one our webinars

The application deadline for most awards is August 3, 2015.  For eligibility requirements and other program information, please visit the website.  

Opportunities for Training Ghanaian Doctoral Students (BHEARD)

Michigan State University is the implementing institution for the Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) Program, a USAID-funded initiative to train agricultural researchers from Feed the Future countries.

We are pleased to invite your institution to review the attached candidates from Ghana.  All of these are currently employed at research institutions in Ghana, and are seeking admission to doctoral programs in the U.S. starting in Fall 2015.

The BHEARD program will pay for all of their doctoral program expenses including the following:

·         Tuition, fees, living expenses, insurance, air fare, etc. at the U.S. university (please see Proposal Guidelines for further details)

·         A pre-dissertation trip home to Ghana for the student to design his/her doctoral research project

·         Research seed grant and post-degree reintegration grant

All doctoral research projects will be conducted in Ghana. The U.S. academic advisor of the student will receive funding for a trip to Ghana during the student’s field work, to provide guidance as needed, and to establish professional relationships with the student’s home research institution.

A list of candidates’ names and fields of study can be found in the attached Proposal Guidelines (Annex A). Full dossiers for each of these students are available on GoogleDrive, the link for which can be found in the guidelines. Student applications can be opened by using 20fifteen_Schol@rs.

All candidates have taken the GRE and TOEFL tests; scores obtained to date are listed in Annex B of the Proposal Guidelines. Please note that USAID requires full, regular, admission for these students. No funding is available for English training in the U.S.

Attached are the following documents:

The deadline for receipt of Ghana submissions is February 27, 2015. The deadline for Bangladesh and Malawi submissions is February 22, 2015 (one month from the date of their announcement).

Similar calls for expressions of interest will be circulated for Fall 2015 training of Ph.D. students from the following countries:

  • Bangladesh: end of January (already distributed)
  • Malawi: end of January (already distributed)
  • Liberia: mid-February
  • Kenya: mid-February
  • Rwanda: end of February or early March
  • Mozambique: TBA

·         Uganda: TBA

Competition 6 of 100K Strong in the Americas

We are so excited to tell you that Competition 6 of 100K Strong in the Americas is now LIVE! 

This Competition is being generously supported by Santander Bank, N.A. through its Santander Universities Global Division. It is open to all countries in the Western Hemisphere without any thematic restrictions.

Amount of awards (up to 8):  $25,000

Cost Sharing strongly encouraged

Dates for your calendar:

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015- RFP goes live! See the RFP here. See commonly asked questions from the previous Santander round here.

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015- Webinar on 100K Americas Proposal Tips (English) Register here.

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015- Deadline for Questions about Competition 6. Ask your questions here.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015- Webinar on 100K Americas Proposal Tips (Spanish). Register here.

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015- Q&As posted online. See here.

Friday, Mar 6, 2015- Proposal deadline. Submit proposal here.

No later than April 15, 2015- Announcement of winners

Partnership for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER)

The PEER program is accepting research proposals in the following focus areas. PEER eligible countries are listed for each Focus Area; applicants should review eligible country criteria carefully.

Global Calls

Global are open to researchers from multiple USAID priority countries. 

Regional and Priority Focus Area Calls

Regional calls are open to researchers from specific USAID regions or priority countries. 

Country-Specific Calls

Country-specific calls are only open to researchers in specific countries.

PEER funding will be awarded to projects related to the USAID and partner agency focus areas specified above. When writing pre-proposals, applicants should also consider how their proposed research and/or capacity building activities will contribute to USAID’s strategic priorities in development. Collaborative projects involving multiple developing countries that explore regional development issues are also encouraged. More can information on USAID’s strategic priorities can be found on the USAID website

With a presence in over one hundred countries around the world, each USAID/Mission also has development objectives specific to country needs. Country-specific development objectives are reflected in Country Development and Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) reports that are posted publicly on each USAID/Mission’s homepage. Each CDCS lays out high-level strategic priorities for each bilateral USAID Mission over a five-year time frame. We encourage PEER applicants to review CDCS and other documents specific to USAID Mission priorities and reflect how their proposed research may contribute to these high-level objectives. View USAID approved CDCS reports

Applicants are encouraged to view the directory of USAID Missions.

Academic Consortium 21 (AC21) Special Project Fund - The AC21 Special Project Fund (SPF) aims to promote the development of research and educational exchange between AC21 members by financially supporting a variety of activities and research projects. Although research collaboration between AC21 members is important, this fund is not intended to support particular or individual research projects.  For example, a symposium jointly held by three institutions, featuring speakers from these institutions, and open to all AC21 members, as well as to the general public, will serve our goal of internationalization and cooperation between members more effectively, compared to simple research projects conducted by one or two individuals per institution. Awards of up to $10,000 per project are available. Projects should include at least three AC21 member universities, from at least two different countries.

Download Full RFP and Application Form for the 2015 Cycle:
Application Period: November 1, 2014 - January 31, 2015 (Deadline for submission); All inquiries about this RFP and the proposal submission should be sent to David Dixon at djdixon@ncsu.edu.

USDA/National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Funding Programs: 

Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program (HSI)

1890 Institution Teaching, Research and Extension Capacity Building Grants (CBG) Program

Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship (NNF) Grants Program

Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP)

Obama Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (OSI): Announced by the U.S. and Indian governments, OSI aims to strengthen collaboration and build partnerships between American and Indian institutions of higher education.

US-China Collaborative Research in Environmental Sustainability: The U.S. and China have the two largest economies on Earth and also have important engineering, technology, business and trade relationships with each other. Both nations face significant environmental sustainability challenges, for example in water and energy, urban sustainability, and manufacturing. Fundamental research is needed to provide the foundational knowledge for addressing these challenges.

National Science Foundation (NSF) International Research Experiences for Students (IRES): The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports development of globally-engaged U.S. science and engineering students capable of performing in an international research environment at the forefront of science and engineering.

Fulbright International Education Administrator Seminars: The competition for the 2014-2015 seminar is open and accepting applications. The seminars are designed for U.S. higher education administrators who are interested in spending an intensive two-week seminar in: IndiaJapanKoreaGermany, or France.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship: This U.S. Department of Education program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months.

Australia Awards - Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships: The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship programme that provides up to $272,500 AUD for study, research or professional development opportunities between Australia and the world.

Global Innovation Initiative: The Global Innovation Initiative is a joint effort of the United States and the United Kingdom to strengthen global multilateral collaboration through grants to university consortia focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-related issues of global significance that foster cutting-edge multinational research and strengthen institutional international partnerships.

Catalyzing New International Collaborations (CNIC): The Catalyzing New International Collaborations program supports the participation of US-based researchers and students in activities intended to catalyze new international research collaborations.

Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language ProgramThe Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program (UISFL) provide funds to plan, develop, and carry out programs to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages.



Resources available at NC State for identifying external funding sources include Community of Science, the federal funding opportunities resource Grants.gov, a variety of alert services available directly from sponsoring agencies, plus a science funding source, www.GrantsNet.org, and additional resources.  For more information, go to Research Funding Opportunities listed by the Research Development Office.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.  It offers opportunities for U.S. faculty, administrators and professionals grants to lecture, conduct research or participate in seminars in over 150 different countries.

Search for more international funding opportunities through resources compiled by UC Davis.


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