The Office of International Programs coordinates several grants for our faculty and staff to receive funding.

    ACES Grant Programs

    Seed Grants Program

    The International Seed Grants Program was initiated by OIP to stimulate and promote strong relationships between our faculty and international faculty. Each project was funded through the Arlys Conrad Endowment Fund.

    We are not currently accepting seed grant proposals. Check back during fall 2024.   

    View past seed grant program recipients

    Joint Research Program

    The International Joint Research Program is administered by OIP with the support of our Office of Research.

    View past joint research program recipients

    This program provides support to our faculty to work on projects abroad that are funded at a matching level to work on the same project. Our contribution will be made directly to the Illinois scholar and the matching support may be made to the collaborating researcher at the peer institution. Illinois researchers may request up to $20,000 to be used within 24 months. Collaborating researchers abroad must receive at least the same amount to work on the same project.

    Research Proposal Themes

    • Economic and Community Development
    • Food Security (Availability, Access, & Utilization of Food by at-risk populations)
    • Global Climate Change
    • Energy
    • Natural Resources and Sustainability
    • Nutrition and Human Health

    Pre-approved Peer Institutions

    • Belgium: Catholic University of Leuven (KUL)
    • Brazil: Federal University of Viçosa
    • China: Zhejiang University, China Agricultural University, Beijing
    • Ghana: University of Ghana at Legon
    • Mexico: National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi (UASLP)
    • The Philippines: University of the Philippines at Los Baños
    • Singapore: Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
    • Taiwan: National Taiwan University (NTU)
    • International: IRRI, CIMMYT, ICRISAT

    Past Grant Programs

    External Funding Opportunities


    Sponsor: USAID
    Closing Date: N/A

    This BAA serves to inform the public of the opportunity for possible funding from USAID for innovative applied research to address development challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    Sponsor: Office of the Provost and administratively supported by Illinois International
    Closing Date: 12/31/2024

    The Implementation Grant provides funding to support activities and/or programs across campus that seek to specifically address one or more actions under the priorities outlined in the Vision 2030 Global Strategy. Proposals that arise from collaborations across one or more academic or administrative units are highly encouraged. 

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until funds are depleted.


    Sponsor: Fulbright
    Closing Date: 07/15/2024

    The Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship aims to build long-term capacity in the USA and India by engaging both countries in research and education on climate change. The program offers research fellowships for PhD students in India who will affiliate with a U.S. institution for six to nine months. It also offers postdoctoral fellowships of eight to twelve months for Indian faculty and researchers who are in the early stages of their research careers in India. The fellowships provide air travel between India and the USA; a monthly stipend; accident and sickness insurance, a modest settling-in allowance; a professional allowance; and a dependent allowance (under certain circumstances).