International Travel Assistance Fund

NC State Global supports faculty and staff through an annual fund that provides $1,000 travel awards to encourage global engagement.

The International Travel Assistance Fund encourages and supports faculty or staff international engagement in research, teaching and other scholarly activities. Faculty and staff can request $1,000 to use towards international travel that relates to NC State’s global strategic plan.

Up to ten applicants will be selected for funding throughout the application cycle. Applications will be evaluated in terms of importance, need and potential impact. The supplemental fund will defray costs associated with existing travel plans for academic purposes including, but not limited to; research collaboration, partnership development, study abroad program development or other scholarly activities. The fund is available to faculty and staff in all disciplines. Department Head (or equivalent) approval is required.


  • All full-time, permanent NC State employees are eligible to apply for funding.
  • Applications indicating collaboration with NC State global strategic partners will be given priority.
  • Travel Assistance funds are not intended to support individual conference attendance, but rather are intended for enhancing partnership development. Exceptions may be granted if conference attendance occurs in conjunction with additional global engagement activities.


  • Announcement: Feb. 5, 2020
  • Application deadline: 5:00 p.m. March 1, 2020 by completing the online applications. (Questions can be directed to Late submissions will not be considered.
  • Announcement of awards: March 15, 2020
  • Funds available: July 1, 2020 (must be spent by June 30, 2021)

*The Office of Global Engagement looks forward to learning more about the outcomes and activities stemming from our grants. The information provided in your reporting is critical to understanding the impact of our efforts and helps us secure the availability of these funds to support faculty and staff in the future. To remain eligible for all grants from our office, please complete any outstanding funding reports from previous grants.

Travel Fund Application Cycle

Your International TravelApplications AcceptedApplications ReviewedFunding Available
Jan. 1-March 31Aug. 1-31Sept. 1-15Oct. 1
April 1-June 30Nov. 1-30Dec. 1-15Jan. 1
July 1-Sept. 30Feb. 1-28/29March 1-15July 1
Oct. 1-Dec. 31May 1-31June 1-15July 1

2020 Travel Fund Recipients Announced

The International Travel Assistance Grants have moved to a quarterly cycle, to allow faculty to apply closer to the actual time of travel. This funding needs to be spent within the 2020-21 fiscal year, but given the current situation, timing within the year will be flexible. We’re pleased to announce the following recipients for the first quarter (travel originally planned in July, August, or September of 2020). 

  • Scott Townsend, College of Design
    • Living histories: an educational research and design project toward creating heritage preservation practices and intergenerational community dialogue on local history(ies) [Greece]
  • Inga Meadows, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    • Engaging industry vegetable breeders to improve host disease resistance [The Netherlands]
  • Paul Brinkman, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Developing a new study abroad opportunity in Ecuador [Ecuador]

Past Recipients

  • Jason Bocarro, College of Natural Resources
    • “EventRights: Addressing inequality, enhancing diversity and facilitating greater dialogue in the hosting of sporting mega-events”
  • Jason Coupet, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • “Diversifying the Public Sector”
  • Huiling Ding, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • “Recruiting Trip in China to Help Build 3+2 Programs in Technical Communication”
  • Michelle Falter, College of Education
    • “Strengthening Global Readiness in Kenya through Inquiry-Based Teaching”
  • Fernando Garcia Menendez, College of Engineering
    • “Developing Strategies to Understand and Mitigate Air Pollution in Bogota, Colombia”
  • Marsha Gordon, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • “Archivally-Oriented Global Film Festivals”
  • Karl Jicha, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    • “Sustainable Agriculture Practices in an Island Hinterland Setting: Case Study of Carriacou, Grenada”
  • Joshua Kearns, College of Engineering
    • “Environmental Technologies for Health and Development in Yunnan, China”
  • Juliana Nfah-Abbenyi, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • “Document Communication Practices of the Buganda Royal Family”
  • Kemafor Ogan, College of Engineering
    • “Developing Data Banks for the West African Emerging Pathogens Biobanks Project”
  • Nicholas Robins, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • “Research and Partnership Development in Peru”
  • Erin Seekamp, College of Natural Resources
    • “Transparent Prioritization of Cultural Resources and Adaptation Optimization to Inform Heritage Planning and Decision-making in a Changing Climate”