Faculty Groups

The International Institute supports scholarship and teaching on international issues.  One of the most important mechanisms for this is funding Faculty groups, where faculty and graduate students work together on specific themes. In 2017-18, we funded thirteen groups, in 2018-19 we funded sixteen, and in 2019-20, we awarded funds to ten groups. You can read about current projects for 2019-20 by clicking on a group in the sidebar.  

International Institute Call for Faculty Groups for 2020-21 will be announced in spring 2020.

For planning purposes, below is the call for 2019-20:


International Institute Call for Faculty Groups for AY 2019-20

Deadline: May 6, 2019

The International Institute offers support for interdisciplinary faculty research groups whose work addresses international issues. Our aim is to foster collaboration across departments and programs around particular research themes. Themes may be centered on a region or address a general international theme. Funding levels are generally between $1500 and $3500.

  1. Eligibility. Each group should be made up of a minimum of five faculty members, from at least two Divisions. We particularly encourage groups that demonstrate diversity in all aspects, including rank, gender, specialization, and discipline. Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are also encouraged to participate.
  2. Resources. Funding is intended to foster scholarship and intellectual collaboration.  It may be used to bring guest speakers, hold workshops, promote group discussions, and hold public events. It may not be used for individual research projects, faculty salaries, or course releases. Funding can be used for honoraria for non-UCSD guests
  3. Liaison. Groups should nominate one faculty member who acts as a liaison between the Institute and the group.
  4. Responsibilities. Each group will submit a short synopsis of activities and plans at the beginning of each quarter, and a final annual report at the end of the year documenting how the funds were used. Evaluations for continued funding of the groups will be based on how they advanced the mission and vision of the Institute (see https://internationalinstitute.ucsd.edu/about/index.html). 
  1. Assessment of proposals. Applications will be judged by a panel of faculty and approved by the International Institute’s Steering Committee.

How to apply:

Please send a single pdf application to iiprogram@ucsd.edu with the following information:

  1. Name, department, and email of liaison faculty member.
  2. Names, departments, and emails of faculty and post-doctoral/graduate participants.
  3. A 2-page description of the goals and themes of the group, which should make a compelling case for how the group will advance the vision of the Institute.
  4. A brief budget describing how much money the group is requesting and how the funds would be spent (travel and honoraria for guests, refreshments for workshops, support for students, venue or publicity costs, etc.).
  5. If this is an application for continued funding for an existing faculty group, please include a report from the previous year’s activities and an explanation of why continued funding is appropriate. Please mention if the group has secured any additional funding. External funding will be seen as a positive signal of an active and vibrant group, and our funding may function as seed money for future projects; it is not, however, required in order to receive II funding.

Questions? Please contact II Co-Director Sharon Rose: rose@ucsd.edu or Katia Todorova:  ektodorova@ucsd.edu