Global Intersections: Student Research and Project Grants

The application period for this grant has passed. Please check back next semester for information about future application cycles.

About Global Intersections

Global Intersections is a Center for Global Studies initiative designed to encourage multicultural, international, transnational and global perspectives in student research on issues in world affairs that concern one or more countries. This initiative invites collaborative proposals from faculty and students across multiple disciplines that promote understanding and solving global problems. Projects provide opportunities for students to engage directly in the process of developing new research directions in areas of global import.

The Center for Global Studies globalizes the research, teaching, and outreach missions of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a National Resource Center in Global Studies designated by the U.S. Department of Education. One of the globalizing missions of the Center is to promote and support innovative research to better understand global issues confronting the world’s populations and identify ways to cope with and resolve these challenges.

Supported Activities

  • Support development of new courses and programs on global studies, or advancement of ongoing activities
  • Initiate seed activities for development of grant proposals on global studies for external funding
  • Complement campus research initiatives on global studies
  • Develop datasets to support digital scholarship for global studies research/teaching/engagement
  • Disseminate new knowledge via publications, conferences, workshops, exhibits (real or virtual), performances, musical recordings, or other campus events
  • Create opportunities to advance pedagogy and practices in global studies education


  • Give students the opportunity to be actively involved in formulating and shaping the scope of a research problem in the interdisciplinary field of global studies
  • Advance knowledge in area of global studies
  • Promote interdisciplinary inquiry and collaborative problem solving
  • Build relationships with international institutions or NGOs

Award Information:  

The grant is open to proposals requesting to fund project components including:

  1. A campus event (e.g., workshop, conference, reading group, hackathon) focused on global studies;
  2. Travel funding for external speakers with an emphasis on global studies;
  3. A student publication with a focus on global studies.

Funded projects typically fall within the timeframe of a single semester.

Student Eligibility:

Proposals should be student-led and may include a mix of faculty and students, with a minimum of two lead student organizers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Student organizers must be enrolled in a program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and be in good standing. The funds may not be used to fund dissertation or thesis research.

Additional participating members of the Global Intersections group may include external participants affiliated with other domestic or international institutions, industry partners, or community organizations, if appropriate.

Proposal Requirements:

Each proposal should contain the following five sections in their project descriptions:

  1. GlobalIntersections topic and rationale. Proposals should describe the project, explain the project’s intellectual value and research goals, and should also include specific justification for main budget items (e.g., visiting speakers, conference/workshop).
  2. Structure and frequency of group meetings and other activities. It is expected that groups will meet regularly during the period of the grant.
  3. Roles and responsibilities of student and faculty organizers.  All proposals must be student-led and identify a minimum of two students to serve as co-organizers. The organizers are responsible for the overall program design, execution, and oversight, including external speakers and workshop or conference (if included as part of the proposal). The two organizers are expected to attend all meetings. Proposals should highlight the role of each participant. Involvement in organizing activities, selecting guest speakers or readings, targeting central issues for discussion, and participating in critical discussion or field research activities are examples of the kinds of substantive engagement desired.
  4. Expected outcomes. At least one of the following outcomes is required and should be addressed in the proposal:
    1. Scholarly conference presentations, journal publications, or “opinion” pieces in magazines/newspapers.
    2. A dataset/s to support digital scholarship for global studies research/teaching/engagement.
    3. Submission of grant proposals for external funding. Global Intersections may be used to seed activities targeted for development as grant proposals with strong global studies components.
    4. Education innovations, such as new knowledge leading to significant and demonstrable improvements in current pedagogy; or new graduate education elements complementing campus research initiatives (e.g., energy, sustainability, climate change)

Budget page

Proposals for Global Intersections projects may request funding for project activities within the grant year. The timeframe for the next grant cycle is TBD. The funding amount for the next cycle is TBD.

The following are allowable expenses:

  1. A stipend for creating and maintaining a website.
  2. Honoraria and travel support for visiting speakers*.
  3. Project activities and materials (e.g., publicity/dissemination, photocopying, and space rental).

*Requests for foreign travel funds require detailed justification of anticipated expenses. This includes ensuring the project description clearly justifies need for the event or travel, and that all travel follows the Fly America Act.

The Fly America Act (49 U.S.C. 401118) generally provides that foreign air travel funded by Federal Government money may only be conducted on U.S. air carriers. Airline tickets for grantees traveling on federal funds must be ticketed with a U.S. flag carrier code. We understand that U.S. flag carriers are not always available to the final destination; however, a U.S. flag carrier must be used to the furthest destination possible. Additionally, a grantee must fly on a U.S. airline even if a foreign airline would be less expensive, provide preferred routing, or be more convenient. There also are exceptions to the Act, in which federal funding could be used for non-U.S. carriers.–Read more about the Fly America Act here:

Submission Instructions:

  • The deadline for 2017-2018 projects has passed. Check back for details on further application cycles.
  • If you have questions about Global Intersections, please contact Donna Tonini at

Proposal Review Process and Criteria

Review Criteria: Proposals will be evaluated according to intellectual merit, impact on students and education on campus, and anticipated contributions to global studies and interdisciplinary.

Review Process: Proposals will undergo review by the Center for Global Studies in consultation with its faculty advisory committee.

Award Information

Notification of awards: Check back for notification dates in future grant application cycles.

Reporting Requirements: At the end of the program, Global Intersections project organizers are responsible for submitting a final report (2 pages) to the Center for Global Studies. Note that each funded Global Intersections project is required to submit project materials and publications to the open access campus repository IDEALS website.