JMU Faculty International Development Grant

The JMU International Development Grant (IDG) is administered by the Center for Global Engagement (CGE). Grants will be reviewed and, if approved, awarded to instructional faculty, administrative faculty, professional and classified staff throughout the year on a competitive basis.

Procedures: Faculty International Development Grants


One copy of the following items should be submitted:

  1. Completed application form - In addition to contact information, cost estimates, and supporting signatures of department chair and dean, a brief description of 10 to 20 words is requested. Examples:
    • collaborative research in neurobiology as part of an exchange program with Fudan University
    • present a paper at the 22nd international conference on technology transfer
    • support travel for Polish colleagues attending a JMU-sponsored conference on economic developments in Eastern Europe
    • establish a student exchange program with the University of New South Wales
    • archival research on medieval manuscripts at the Biblioteca Nacional.
    • hosting a visitor to the JMU campus.
  2. One- to two-page proposal - This should describe the proposed activities and the expected benefits to the individual and the university. If a proposal has already been developed for another funding source, it may be substituted for this requirement.
  3. Documentation of matching funds - Priority will be given to proposals for which there are matching funds from other universities, external or grant sources. Evidence of application for matching funds that have not yet been confirmed are acceptable. Personal contributions are not considered matching funds.

NOTE: Where relevant and available, letters of invitation from foreign colleagues or conference organizers may be included with the application.

Evaluation of International Development Grants

Applications will be evaluated according to the priority of the activity supported, the role of the applicant in the project, the relation of the activity to the international character of the University, and in some cases the confirmation of matching funds. The CGE awards will be made on the basis of the applicant's proposed research project, with consideration to the record of scholarly accomplishment. Applicants may be from any university unit, but the proposed research must be supported within the respective unit.

In order to support as many proposals as possible with current funding, International Development Grant awards are limited to $500.

Faculty will generally not be awarded more than one grant in a 12-month period. The 12-month period begins on the travel departure date. Preference may be given to individuals who have not been previously supported by the program. The CGE usually supports only one request per department for a given conference. Notice of award will be communicated through email.

For more information and assistance with IDG proposals, please contact Felix Wang at 568-6273 or

The Application Form

Application forms are available on our web site.

Completed International Development Grant Applications should be submitted to the CGE at the following address:

Center for Global Engagement
James Madison University

Madison Hall
MSC 5731
100 E. Grace Street
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807

Be sure to keep a completed copy of the application for your records.

Financial Procedures

Once a grant has been awarded, information will be provided to the recipient on the process of making the funds available for spending. Funds will not be awarded to the department until after the travel or expense has been completed. Our office will communicate with your Administrative Assistant to obtain supporting documentation before transferring the funds.

If you have specific questions related to the processing of funds or required documents, please contact Felix Wang at 568-6273 or

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