International Fund (IF)

International Fund

The International Fund (IF) enables faculty members to pursue innovative ideas that enhance the international scope of the University’s research and teaching mission.  

This fund is intended to address new opportunities that are not well served by existing external or internal funding sources (e.g., government or non-government grants and contracts; Strategic Partnerships, Global Collaborative Networks, Global Scholars, or LABs; Global Summer Seminars, the 250th Anniversary Fund for Curricular Innovation, and other structured programs administered by central offices and academic units).  

Individual grants of up to $50,000 are available. Priority will be given to proposals for new projects over those previously funded by other sources.  Any legitimate research or teaching expense may be eligible. Faculty compensation, if awarded, will be consistent with Dean of the Faculty guidelines.


All regular faculty members (senior lecturers, instructors, assistant professors, associate professors, and professors) are eligible; early-career faculty members are encouraged to apply. Full-time lecturers and language lecturers are also eligible, provided their appointments for the award period have been approved by the Dean of the Faculty. Other faculty, research, and administrative staff members of the University may be co-proposers.

How to Apply

As a first step, contact the Associate Provost for International Affairs & Operations, Aly Kassam-Remtulla, to indicate interest and determine which international funding opportunity is best suited to your idea.  See links below for details.

Past Awards

2019 - 2020
  • Wendy Belcher, Comparative Literature.  Planning Meeting for Queer African Studies Network
  • Biehl, Monteiro, Rouse,  Anthropology/Spanish and Portuguese.  Intellectual Cross-Fertilization & Solidarity in the Wake of Fire
  • Pierre-Thomas Brun, Chemical and Biological Engineering.  Soft Robotic Muscles
  • Simon Levin, Princeton Princeton Environmental Institute.  Resilience in Social and Environmental Systems
  • David Bell, History.  Franco-American Graduate Student Summer School in the History of Early Modern France
2018 - 2019
  • Sigrid Adriaenssens, Civil and Environmental Engineering. The potential of Shells and Domes in Seismic Regions
  • Wendy Belcher, Comparative Literature. Early African Literature Project: Translation and Edition of Kəbrä Nägäśt (The Glory of the Kings)
  • Eric Larson, Andlinger Center. Solar-thermal power systems in future electric grids
  • Luc Deike, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Towards a numerical framework for sea-spray: from the production to the evaporation of droplets
  • Rodney Priestley, Chemical and Biological Engineering. Understanding and Exploiting Nanostructured Soft Materials Network
  • Katherine Reischl, Slavic. Workshopping the Future of Digital Humanities in Eastern European Studies
  • Marina Rustow, Near Eastern Studies. The Cairo Geniza and the Social History of Egypt: an Int'l Symposium
2017 - 2018

PIIRS Contact

Rachel Golden, Institute Coordinator, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.