Call for Proposals Announced for Faculty Research Grants

DATE: Tuesday, March 27, 2007
CONTACT: For the International Institute: Aili Mari Tripp, Associate Dean, Division of International Studies, 262-5805 or; for Worldwide Universities Network, Kris Olds, Associate Professor and WUN Faculty Coordinator, 262-2138 or

Madison, WI – The Division of International Studies has announced a call for proposals for a series of international, interdisciplinary research grants available to UW-Madison faculty and staff.

Three sets of grants are being made possible, including two through the International Institute with generous support from the Division of International Studies and a contribution from Global Studies for research circles and new initiatives. The third set of research awards is being facilitated through the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) and the Division of International Studies.

“The grants will advance the University’s commitment to innovation in cross-regional research and graduate training, and expand linkages to scholars around the world,” says Gilles Bousquet, Dean of International Studies.

Deadlines for proposals vary. Grants range from $500 to $64,000. Research activities may start after July 1, 2007.

For information on research circle grants, go to

For information on new initiative grants, go to

For information on WUN grants, go to

Research circles are designed to create new forms of area knowledge that cross traditional regional and disciplinary borders. They join together groups of faculty, graduate students, and staff from various disciplines in the humanities and social sciences to advance research on particular intellectual themes of international relevance.

New initiatives will include the following activities: year-long research seminars on particular themes; a featured lecturer to speak on a topic of interest to all Institute member programs; funds for development initiatives in area, international, and global studies.

Under the WUN and Division of International Studies partnership, three forms of support facilitating international collaboration between UW-Madison faculty and WUN member universities faculty are available, including “seed funding” project development grants, virtual seminar support grants, and exploration of partnership grants. WUN is an international alliance of 18 leading higher-education institutions, including UW-Madison, that builds on its partners’ commitment to quality and innovation in research and teaching by developing collaborations in interdisciplinary areas of global significance.