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Funding priorities

The Global Academic Partnership (GAP) aims to strengthen interdisciplinary research and curriculum development on global themes at Pitt while enhancing international scholarly ties at the University of Pittsburgh and raising the international profile of the Institution. GAP awards support interdisciplinary research collaborations, curriculum development, student exchanges, and other scholarly endeavors that include the creation or development of meaningful and sustainable institutional partnerships with international universities, foreign governments, international organizations, NGOs, and/or think-tanks. Preference is given to projects that align with the Center’s research initiatives in Global Health, Migrations, Cities in Transformation, and Loss in the Anthropocene. This award is generously sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the University Center for International Studies.

Credible demonstration of publications, curricular enhancements, and other positive impact on the intellectual life of the University that will result from a proposed project strengthens and application.


All tenure stream and appointment stream are eligible to apply. Entire proposal must be completed prior to submission. An applicant may be a member of more than one GAP team, if the proposals submitted by the different teams are unique.

What Can Be Funded?

GAP awards may be used for related travel (e.g., airfare, accommodations, and meals); for honoraria for academic event organizers and participants; and for direct event expenses (e.g., room and equipment rental and receptions), phone/postage, printing, and staff support. Funding may also be used for relevant international student exchanges with partner institutions or for research support. Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek matching external funding.

What Cannot Be Funded?

GAP awards may not be used for the purchase of equipment.

Grantee Obligations

Grantees are expected to:

  • Work with the GSC on the planning and progress of events and programs;
  • Work with the GSC to publicize programs and disseminate proceedings and findings;
  • Acknowledge the GSC, the Office of the Provost, and UCIS in all project-related publicity, events and publications;
  • Submit a two-page summary of results within two months after the termination of the grant;
  • Expend all funds awarded for AY2021-22 ($10,000) by June 15, 2022; and all funds for AY2021-22 ($30,000) by June 15, 2022.

Application Procedure

Complete the application form below and submit all required documentation as a single PDF:

1. Write a proposal narrative of not more than five pages (single-spaced, minimum 11-point font) that:

  • demonstrates that the project fulfills GAP funding priorities (described above);
  • describes the purpose of the academic events and programs (with approximate dates);
  • identifies institutions and individuals involved, and in what capacity;
  • explains expected costs and available non-GAP funding.

2. Gather a current Curriculum Vitae for each key participating team member.

3. Provide an estimated budget for the proposed academic event, including any planning meetings and post-event activities. See above guidelines for allowable expenses. Indicate all actual or anticipated matching contributions from other sources.

4. Submit the completed application form, narrative, budget, and CVs below.

Any documentation additional to the materials requested above will not be reviewed. The completed application form and supporting materials must be submitted online by Sunday, March 1, 2021.

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