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Explore the external international funding opportunities and programs available to help finance your research and/or a mobility experience abroad (faculty exchange, visiting professorship, etc.).

Opportunities are listed in alphabetical order within each region.


Collaborative Awards offered by the James S. McDonnell Foundation (JSMF)

The 21st Century Collaborative Activity Awards are awards for multidisciplinary and multi-participant projects that address questions and topics relevant to the Foundation’s core and complementary program areas.

More information:

Varies by program
  Going Global Innovation
The program aims to promote Canada's international innovation efforts by supporting Canadian small or medium sized enterprises and/or researchers in pursuing international research and development collaborative opportunities through the development of partnerships with key players in other countries. Funding ranges from $5,000 - $75,000 per project.
More information:

Applications must be submitted at least eight weeks prior to the commencement of the project.
  Google Research Awards
This program provides unrestricted gifts to support fulltime faculty members at degree granting institutions around the world. The program is focused on funding world-class technical research in Computer Science, Engineering, and related fields.
More information: Google Research Awards 
October 15, 2016
  Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Research Grants
The foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world.
More information: Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Research Grants

August 1, 2016

National Geographic Society Grants
The National Geographic Society awards various grants, including the: 

  • National Geographic/Waitt Grants which provide funding for exploratory fieldwork that holds promise for breakthroughs in the natural and social sciences. 
  • Research and Exploration Grants - the Committee for Research and Exploration provides research grants focused on cultivating scientists, explorers, and conservationists.
  • Expedition Council Grants support exploration and adventure worldwide. Proposed projects must have the potential to yield compelling stories and images. 
  • Conservation Trust Grants support innovative solutions to conservation challenges and issues of global concern. The Trust encourages projects with a strong emphasis on conservation science. 

More information: National Geographic Society Grants

Varies by program – please see website
  Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC)
The Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) programme funds public health research aiming to improve health outcomes by strengthening the evidence base of what works in humanitarian crises. R2HC research partnerships must include both a research institution and a humanitarian organization. 
More information: Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises

Call will open June 1, 2016 

Simons Foundation

  • Targeted Grants to Institutes: The program is intended to support institutions in the mathematics and physical sciences through funding to centers of excellence, to help establish scientific culture and strengthen contacts within the international scientific community. The program offers 3-5 year grants at a level of US$100,000 to $200,000 per year. 
  • Simons Collaborations in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences: Research projects should address a mathematical or theoretical topic where a significant new development provides a new direction for progress in an established field. The program offers funds of up to US$2.5 million per year, for an initial period of four years. 

More information: Simons Foundation Grants

Varies by program
  Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) 
SFARI Explorer Award: Intended to provide resources to support exploratory experiments that will strengthen hypotheses and lead to the formulation of competitive applications for subsequent larger-scale funding. The maximum budget is US$60,000 for one year.
More information:
Varies by program

Spencer Foundation Midcareer Grants and Small Research Grants
The Foundation supports high-quality, innovative research with the potential to improve education. 

  • Small Research Grants: Proposals for small research grants, with a budget limit of $50,000. 
  • Midcareer Grants: This program is intended to provide support for a year-long program of study during which time the recipient will be released from teaching and from committee service and governance responsibilities on his or her home campus. 

More information: Spencer Foundation Grants

Small Grants: February 1, 2016. The following deadlines will fall on May 2, August 1, and November 1, 2016.

Midcareer Grants: Call closed. 
  WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education) Accelerator Program
The WISE Accelerator is a new program designed to support the development of innovative projects in the field of education. The WISE Accelerator will serve as an intermediary to connect the selected projects with an international network that will create opportunities to share knowledge and find support from donors and investors. Projects should be innovative, have a high potential to be scalable and to have a positive impact on the field of education.
More information: WISE Accelerator Program
September 8, 12.00pm GMT

L'Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF)

The Agence universitaire de la Francophonie has launched a call for proposals for collaborative projects in the following areas: public health, crisis management, renewable energy, and water and natural resource management. The objective of this initiative is to promote the development of international research teams engaged in emerging issues and strengthen and foster innovative university networks. 

More information: AUF Call for Proposals

Varies by program

American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) – New Directions Grants Program

The goals of the program are to support fundamental research in the petroleum field and to develop the next generation of engineers and scientists through support of advanced scientific education. The New Directions (ND) grants program provides funds to scientists and engineers with limited preliminary results for a research project they wish to pursue, who intend to use the PRF-driven preliminary results to seek continuation funding from other agencies.

More information: PRF New Directions Grants

September 19, 2016 to October 21, 2016

Grand Challenges: Saving Brains – Round 5

With the ultimate goal of increasing human capital and tackling existing inequalities, Saving Brains seeks bold ideas for products, services and implementation models that protect and nurture early brain development in a sustainable manner. Through this Request for Proposals, Saving Brains will support applications for seed funding to develop and validate these bold ideas.

More information: Saving Brains - Call for Proposals

July 29, 2016, 3:00pm EDT

IDRC Research Grants

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) supports research in developing countries to promote growth and development. Funding is focused on research aimed at reducing poverty and creating equitable access to resources and services. IDRC accepts research grant ideas that fit their mandate. If a research idea is approved, IDRC will request a formal research grant proposal.

More information: IDRC Research Grant Ideas

Research ideas are accepted anytime.

Mitacs Globalink Programs

The Globalink Research Award program provides faculty members the opportunity to strengthen international research collaborations and connect with colleagues at institutions around the world through the mobility of graduate students. The program supports joint projects with academic collaborators over 12-24 weeks and is open to all disciplines. The Globalink Research Internship program allows faculty members to supervise top-ranked senior undergrad students from a number of countries during a 12-week summer internship in Canada.  

More information:

Varies by program – see website.

USAID Development Innovation Ventures (DIV)

DIV’s aim is to create a portfolio of innovations that improves lives for millions of the poor around the world, especially individuals in poverty or extreme poverty, and other vulnerable groups. DIV supports the piloting and rigorous testing of innovative approaches to solving international development problems and transitioning innovations with evidence of impact and cost effectiveness to scale.

More information: USAID Development Innovation Ventures 

November 1, 2016

Center for Chinese Studies – Research Grant Program

This program is aimed at foreign professors, associate professors, assistant professors (including post-doctoral researchers) and doctoral candidates in Chinese studies-related departments at foreign universities, as well as researchers at related foreign academic institutes. The research should be undertaken in Taiwan, and be focused mainly on Taiwan or Chinese studies.

More information: CCS - Research Grants

May 31st of each year (before the year in which grants are intended to be used)

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange

The Foundation's grants provide support for research on Chinese Studies in the humanities and social sciences.

  • Research Grant: Researchers focusing on the social, cultural, economic or political development of Taiwan over the past few decades are especially encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to collaborative projects with scholars in Taiwan. Research grants are usually given for no more than two years.
  • Scholar Grant: Tenured faculty, including full professors and associate professors, may apply for a Scholar Grant of up to US$40,000 or US$35,000, respectively, to help replace half of the salary of faculty on sabbatical, or for time off for research and writing.

More information:

Applications are accepted every year between August 1st and October 15th. 

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute Grants

The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute offers Research Grants, Partnership Seed Grants, and Scholar Travel Subsidy Grants to support collaborative research projects, and establish institutional and scholarly linkages between Indian and Canadian institutions.

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September 15, 2016

Taiwan Fellowships

The Taiwan Fellowship is established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) to award foreign experts and scholars interested in researches related to Taiwan, cross-strait relations, mainland China, Asia-Pacific region and Chinese studies to conduct advanced research at universities or academic institutions in Taiwan. Recipients shall be foreign professors, associate professors, assistant professors, post-doctoral researchers, doctoral candidates, or doctoral program students at related departments of overseas universities.

More information: Taiwan Fellowships

Applications are accepted from May 1st to July 15th  

Berliner Künstlerprogramm - Arts in Berlin Program

The Arts in Berlin program offers grants to artists in the fields of visual arts, literature, music and film. A jury annually selects approximately 20 international guests. Artists in the fields of literature, film and music may apply. In the field of visual arts, a jury recommends artists for invitation. Funding includes a monthly grant, an apartment, and a workspace.

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January 1st every year.

BEWARE FELLOWSHIPS (BElgium WAllonia REsearch)

To promote the mobility of researchers towards Belgium, the Department of Research Programs has launched the BEWARE Fellowships to attract researchers to Wallonia/Federation Wallonia - Brussels.

More information: BEWARE Fellowships

April 30, June 30, September 30 and November 30

CHIST-ERA (European Coordinated Research on Long-term Challenges in Information and Communication Sciences & Technologies ERA-Net)

CHIST-ERA promotes multidisciplinary and transnational ICST research with the potential to lead to significant breakthroughs. Proposals must be submitted by international consortia with partners in at least three countries (see website for list of countries).

More information

To be published in October 2016

Choreographic Residency in Potsdam, Germany

This residency is intended to enable a Québec choreographer or dancer to reside for two months abroad. The residency is intended for up-and-coming choreographers, dancers and artists with at least two years of artistic practice. Only collective projects presented jointly by a choreographer and/or a dancer and a professional partner who may come from another artistic discipline are eligible. The amount of the grant is $7, 500 for each of the recipients and covers transportation expenses, insurance, housing, and per diems.

More information: Choreographic Residency in Germany

September 15, 2016

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) – Faculty Research Visit Grant

DAAD offers grants to faculty in all academic disciplines to pursue research at universities, libraries, archives, institutes or laboratories in Germany. The aim of the program is to support short-term research stays (1-3 months) and promote the exchange of experience and networking amongst colleagues. Monthly payments range from €2,000 - €2,150.

More information:

October 15, 2016, 11pm Central European Time

DLR-DAAD Research Fellowships in the fields of Space, Aeronautics, Energy and Transportation Research (Germany)

DLR is Germany´s national research center for aeronautics and space. DLR-DAAD Fellowships offer outstanding scientists and researchers the opportunity to conduct special research at the institutes of the DLR in Germany. Fellowships are available for doctoral students, postdoctoral students and senior scientists.

More information: DLR-DAAD Research Fellowships


Varies by fellowship – see website.

European Molecular Biology (EMBO) Short-Term Fellowships

EMBO promotes excellence in the life sciences. Short-Term Fellowships fund research visits of 90 days to laboratories in one of 27 European countries. The aim is to facilitate valuable collaborations with research groups applying techniques that are unavailable in the applicant's laboratory.

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There is no deadline for applications, however it is recommended to apply three months before the proposed starting date.

European University Institute (EUI) Fellowships

  • Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship: These fellowships are intended for established academics who wish to pursue their research at the EUI. Fellows must live in Florence for the duration of the fellowship (3-10 months). A monthly stipend of € 3,000 is provided.

  • Jean Monnet Fellowship: One-year fellowship offered at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. Research proposals should fit well with one of the Centre’s main research themes, programmes and projects. Fellows must live in Florence for the duration of their Fellowship. A monthly stipend of €2,000 is provided. 

More information:

March 30th and/or September 30th depending on department (see website)     

 The annual deadline is October 25th. 


FNRS Grants for Scientific Stays

The Fond national de la recherche scientifique (FNRS) provides grants that enable foreign researchers to work in a laboratory financed by the FNRS.

More information: FRS-FNRS Reglement

Applications must be submitted 2 months before the date of the planned stay.

Fondation Sciences Mathematiques de Paris

The Fondation Sciences Mathématiques de Paris offers financial support for external scientists (junior/senior professors) to be invited in its affiliated laboratories for a two-to-three month stay. Appointed scientists will also have the opportunity to visit and to work with members of external laboratories. Candidates must be nominated by a member of a foundation-affiliated laboratory.

More information: Fondation Sciences Mathematiques de Paris - Invitation for Research Stays

Applications must be submitted 1 week before Steering Committees (see website)

Fund it - Research Fellowships in France and Abroad

The RFIEA (French Institute for Advanced Studies), supported by the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), has launched a new platform ( to present all research grants and fellowships (post-PhD) available for scholars in the social sciences and humanities. Grants/fellowships are available for:

  • Postdocs, senior scholars and advanced graduate students from outside France wishing to go to France
  • French postdocs, senior scholars and advanced graduate students wishing to go abroad or to find funding opportunities.

More information: Fund it Research Grants & Fellowships

Varies by opportunity – see website.

Fyssen Foundation (France)

  • Research Grants: The Fyssen Foundation aims to encourage scientific inquiry into cognitive mechanisms which underlie animal and human behavior. Researchers must independently establish a research team to achieve a collective scientific project within a host laboratory located in France. Grants are from €15,000 – €35,000 for 12-month period.

Eligibility: Applicants for the biological sciences must be 35 years old and under. Applicants for human sciences must be 40 years old and under.

More information:

Call for applications to be launched July 2016

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the latest EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. From 2014-2020, the programme will provide nearly €80 billion in funding for research initiatives with a focus on excellent science, industrial leadership and societal challenges. There are opportunities for Canadians to participate as international partners on collaborative projects.

More information:

Find calls targeted to Canadian participation:

Guide to Canadian Participation in Horizon 2020.

Varies by program

Humboldt Research Fellowships (Germany)

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowships: A Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers (PhD complete in the last 4 years) to carry out long-term research (6-24 months) in Germany. Applicants choose their own topic of research and their academic host.
  • Fellowships for Experienced Researchers: A Humboldt Research Fellowship for experienced researchers allows experienced researchers (PhD completed less than 12 years ago) to carry out long-term research (6-18 months) in Germany. Applicants choose their own topic of research and their academic host.

More information: Alexander Von Humboldt Research Fellowships

Applications are accepted anytime.

IMeRA Calls for Applications 2017-2018

IMéRA, the Institute for Advanced Study of Aix-Marseille University, has recently issued several calls for applications for academic residencies in France, between September 2016 and July 2017. These include several calls for individual applications open to scientists and artists as well as a call for team applications.

More information: IMeRA Calls for Applications

November 18, 2016

James M. Flaherty Scholarship Program

The James M. Flaherty Program supports established researchers and academics in Canada and Ireland who, on sabbatical leave from their academic appointments, wish to spend between 8 to 12 weeks as visiting professors in a university department where they will collaborate in both research and teaching.

Canadian Visiting Professors awarded must travel on or before 14th March 2017. Irish Visiting Professors awarded must travel on or before 1st June 2017.

More information: James M. Flaherty Visiting Professorships and Research Scholarships

July 22, 2016

Lise Meitner Programme for Research in Austria

The primary objective of the programme is to enable highly qualified researchers from abroad to work at Austrian research facilities and participate in Austrian research programmes for the benefit of, and to stimulate research in, Austria. Positions are awarded for 12 to 24 months. Candidates must have completed a PhD or MD program in a subject related to the proposed project.

More information: Lise Meitner Programme

Accepted continuously, no application deadlines

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) – Individual Fellowships

The MSCA is the research fellowship programme of the Horizon 2020 EU Research and Innovation Framework. It provides funding for transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility to researchers of all nationalities at various stages of their careers. 

More information: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions - Individual Fellowships

September 14, 2016

NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme (SPS)

The NATO SPS Programme funds advanced research workshops, advanced training courses and multi-year research & development projects that address SPS Key Priorities and that have a clear link to security and NATO’s strategic objectives.

More information:

There are 2-3 peer review evaluation panels per year.

Non-EU Teaching Mobility Program of the University of Vienna

This program supports short-term teaching visits (between 10 and 90 days) to the University of Vienna.

More informationUniversity of Vienna Teaching Mobility

July 1, 2016 (courses between March 2017 and June 2017)

February 1, 2017 (courses planned between October 2017 and January 2018)


Quebec-Wallonia Exchange Program for Writers and Cartoonists

The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) in collaboration with the Wallonia-Brussels Federation offers an exchange program for writers and cartoonists. Participants spend two months on exchange in Quebec or Brussels and are exposed to numerous opportunities to develop their professional contacts and networks.

More information: Quebec and Wallonia-Brussels Exchange for Writers and Cartoonists

September 15, 2016

Visiting Scholars Programme at the United Nations University 

The Programme gives post-doctoral scholars an opportunity to research topics related to development and/or global economic issues at UNU-WIDER in Finland. Scholars are given a monthly stipend of EUR 2,650 as a contribution towards travel, accommodation and other out-of-pocket expenses. Applicants must hold a PhD degree in economics or a development-related discipline.

More information: UNU-WIDER Visiting Scholars Programme


Online application opens September 1st each year

World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)

The Programme gives post-doctoral scholars an opportunity to research topics related to development and/or global economic issues at UNU-WIDER in Finland. Scholars are given a monthly stipend of EUR 2,650 as a contribution towards travel, accommodation and other out-of-pocket expenses. Applicants must hold a PhD degree in economics or a development-related discipline.

More information: UNU-WIDER Visiting Scholars Programme

Online application opens September 1st each year
Latin America & the Caribbean

2016 Mexican Government Scholarships for Foreign Scholars, Researchers, and Artists

The Government of Mexico offers scholarships to foreigners to conduct collaborative activities in Mexico. Funding is available for a variety of special programs including visiting professorships, high-level conferences, scholarships for experts on Mexico, artistic residencies, and others.

More information: Mexican Funding Opportunities for Foreigners

September 15, 2016

Quebec-Haiti Exchange Program for Writers

The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) in collaboration with the Centre PEN Haïti offer an exchange program for writers.  Participants spend six weeks on exchange in Quebec or Haiti and are exposed to numerous opportunities to develop their professional contacts and networks.

More information:

September 15, 2016

São Paulo Visiting Researcher Program

The Visiting Researcher Program offers full or partial support for the hosting of experienced investigators associated with foreign research institutions, who will work in a research institution in the State of São Paulo for a period of 2 weeks to 12 months. This Program aims to promote collaboration between investigators in the State of São Paulo and their colleagues abroad for the development of ongoing research projects or for assisting the launching of new collaborations. The host investigator must have a PhD degree (or equivalent), be associated to a research institution of the State of São Paulo and must have an strong record of scientific contribution to his/her field. FAPESP can provide assistance in finding a potential host in the State of São Paulo.

More information: FAPESP Visiting Research Program

Applications can be submitted any time.
North America

Fulbright Canada Awards for Canadian Scholars

  • Visiting Research Chairs Program: Fulbright Visiting Research Chairs are intended for Canadian citizens who are exceptional scholars and/or experienced professionals who wish to conduct research and/or lecture in the United States. The award is valued at US$25,000 for one semester.
  • Traditional Fulbright Scholar Awards: Traditional Fulbright awards are open to Canadian scholars in all fields and are designed to enable emerging and established scholars, post-doctoral researchers and experienced professionals to conduct research, teach, or undertake a combination of both activities for one semester or a full academic year at any university or research centre of their choice in the United States. The award is valued at $12,500 for one semester.

Eligibility: Candidates must be Canadian citizens and must hold a PhD or equivalent professional/terminal degree.

More information

November 15, 2016

Jacobs Research Funds

The program supports anthropological research (socio-cultural or linguistic in content) on the indigenous peoples of Canada, Mexico, and mainland United States, including Alaska, with a focus on the Pacific Northwest. Grants are given for work on problems in: language, social organization, political organization, religion, mythology, music, other arts, psychology and folk science.

More information:

February 15

National Research Council (NRC) Research Associateship

Through a national competition, the NRC recommends and makes Research Associateship awards to outstanding scientists and engineers, at the postdoctoral and senior levels, for tenure as guest researchers at the participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.

Eligibility: Some laboratories have citizenship restrictions (open only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents) and some laboratories have research opportunities that are not open to senior applicants (more than 5 years beyond the PhD).

More information:

Application deadlines are February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1 each year. Note that not all institutions participate in all four reviews.
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