International Travel Grants

International Travel Grants for faculty and P&A staff support the internationalization of the University on all campuses through research, teaching, and outreach.

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Application deadlines are March 15, August 15, or December 15 each year.

  • Application opens approximately 6 weeks before the deadline.
  • Funding can be used within one year pre- or post-award.
  • Award notifications will be sent via e-mail 4 to 6 weeks after the deadline.


Award is $1,500 per person.

Examples of eligible activities:

  • Curriculum development
    • Enhance/develop course taught at the U of M
    • Develop curriculum for study abroad (note: expenses for faculty and staff while leading a program and travel with undergraduate students are not eligible)
  • Department/college/unit outreach abroad
  • International conference participation (attending or presenting)
  • Research abroad: collaborative or individual
  • Invite researcher/lecturer/collaborator to U of M


  • Applicants must be University of Minnesota faculty or P&A staff.
  • Travel funded must support international activities that positively impact the internationalization of the University.
  • Individuals are eligible to receive travel grant awards no more than three times during their career at the U of M.

Priority will be given to those who:

  • Have never received funding through the International Travel Grants program
  • Demonstrate a link between international activities and University of Minnesota teaching, learning, or research
  • Demonstrate the long-term impact of proposed international activities
  • Link international activity to strategic goals of their college or unit
  • Engage with the curriculum and governance committees of their departments, colleges, and campuses
  • Note: Junior faculty will be given priority if more applications are received than the grants program is able to support in a particular round.

Applications will NOT be accepted for:

  • Undergraduate or graduate students (cannot be included on group application)
  • Individuals who have been awarded International Travel Grant funding within the past three years
  • Expenses for faculty and staff while leading a learning abroad experience and/or taking undergraduate students abroad
  • Past recipients who have not fulfilled obligations from past grant awards (i.e., submitted final travel reports)
  • Global Programs and Strategy Alliance staff
  • Travel within the U.S.

Grantee Obligations

Funding is contingent on the individual or group submitting a travel grant report within 60 days of their activities. Funding will be revoked if a travel report is not submitted on time. The short online travel grant report asks you to describe your activity, impact of your international activity, and your plans to build upon the experience with your students and colleagues.

Grantees are also encouraged to share knowledge and contacts by participating in department, college, or University international activities.

All grantees will be added to the Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus listserv.

Application Materials

The entire application process is conducted through an online application system. The application is short, and we recommend applicants complete it in one sitting, if possible, to avoid technical issues of logging in again*. For questions about the application, please contact

Before starting an application, please prepare answers to the following:

  • Basic contact information (e.g., email, title, unit, campus)
  • Travel information (e.g., dates, locations, collaborators)
  • Proposal questions:
    • What activities will you pursue on this trip? Please be as specific as possible.
    • How will this travel positively impact the internationalization of the University of Minnesota and your unit in terms of student learning experiences, curriculum, teaching, outreach, and/or research?
    • What plans do you have to disseminate the outcomes of this project with colleagues in your unit and at the University of Minnesota?
    • Have you received this International Travel Grant Award in the last three years? If yes, please name the year you received the award and any other relevant information.
  • Note: If you are awarded funding, you will be asked to provide department finance contact and fund information. It is not needed at time of application.

Start an application

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