International Funding Opportunities

The following is a helpful list of selected international funding opportunities for researchers (faculty, students and trainees).

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Opportunities through Canadian Organizations

SSHRC – International Research Funding

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SSHRC Belmont Forum

The Belmont Forum aims to enhance co-operation and co-ordination of global environmental change research.

Open calls

While the Belmont Forum does not offer additional or dedicated research funds, SSHRC invites Canadian researchers to develop proposals that involve their international colleagues and partners and to submit their applications through funding opportunities offered under SSHRC’s Insight program and Connection program

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Strategic Partnership Grants for Projects

CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements

Alliance Grants 

Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP)

New Faculty Mobility Program for Canadians in Latin America and the Caribbean

Global Affairs Canada

Funding Options for International Initiatives

International scholarship opportunities for Canadians

Grand Challenges Canada

Funding Opportunities

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International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) offers grants, funding, and awards to researchers and institutions to find solutions for global development challenges.

Western’s New International Research Networks Award (NIRN)

The New International Research Networks (NIRN) award is supported by the Office of the Vice-President (Research) and aims to promote new collaborations between researchers from Western and their international colleagues. These funds are intended to address the logistical costs incurred during the initial process of setting up a new collaborative research project, such as travel, communications cost and/or small- scale exploratory research.

Canada-US Fulbright Program: Fulbright Specialists Program

The program is designed to provide U.S. and Canadian faculty and professionals with opportunities to collaborate on curriculum and faculty development, institutional planning and a variety of other activities.

Duration: 2 – 6 weeks and the  award amount is unspecified.

Eligibility: US and Canadian citizens; Mid-Career to Established in Field. More Information.

Going Global Innovation

Going Global Innovation (GGI) is a grant and contribution program administered by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) that offers funding to support innovators from Canadian organizations to formalize contractual agreements with foreign organizations. GGI provides assistance by funding up to 75 per cent of eligible expenses, to a maximum of $75,000 for any approved project. Eligible expenses include international and local travel, accommodations, meals, meeting costs, legal fees to support the formalization of partnership agreements and other costs related to pursuing international collaboration. Combined financial assistance from federal, provincial and municipal sources must not exceed 75 percent of total costs for any eligible expenditure

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New Frontiers in Research Fund

1. The International stream aims to support international collaborations and position Canada and Canadian researchers as strategic partners at the international level. The International stream includes two mechanisms:

  • joint funding calls with international agencies on topics of international relevance; and
  • a dedicated fund to support the participation of Canadian researchers within international teams in projects seeking funding from major global platforms.


2. The Transformation stream is designed to support large-scale, Canadian-led  interdisciplinary research projects that address a major challenge with the potential to realize real and lasting change (high reward). The challenge may be fundamental, leading to a scientific breakthrough, or applied, with a social, economic, environmental or health impact. Projects are expected to be world-leading, drawing on global research expertise where relevant.

Canada – US Fulbright Program opportunities


  • Traditional (All Disciplines) Award: US$12,500 for one semester (4 months). These awards are field open and can be taken up at any university, think tank, or government agency in the United States.
  • Research Chairs Program: US$25,000 for one semester (4 months). Visiting Research Chairs are targeted opportunities at select universities/institutions designed to host exceptional scholars and experienced professionals who conduct research in a specific area.
  • Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program: US$35,000 The Fulbright NEXUS Program brings together a network of junior scholars, professionals and mid-career applied researchers from Western Hemisphere nations for a series of three seminar meetings and a Fulbright residential exchange experience. Up to fifteen Fulbright participants (1/3 from the U.S. and 2/3 from Canada and other countries of the Western Hemisphere) engage in collaborative thinking, analysis, and problem-solving with a focus on improving the quality of life for communities in the Western Hemisphere. Fulbright NEXUS participants conduct individual and team-based research projects designed to generate knowledge-based, policy-oriented solutions with immediate and practical implementation potential at the local, national, or regional levels.
  • Fulbright Arctic Initiative: US$40,000, for an 18-month period for a regional applied network of interdisciplinary collaborative research focused on the Arctic. The Fulbright Arctic Initiative will identify both established experts and early career specialists from the eight Arctic Council countries to carry out collaborative research in one of two focus areas:      A) Community Resilience and Adaptation and B) Building Sustainable Economies.
  • Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow Program at SUNY Plattsburgh: US$3,500 plus international travel. This program is open to Canadian scholars who will take up residence at the Center for the Study of Canada at SUNY Plattsburgh for a period of two to six weeks. While in residence, the incumbent will teach a one credit course, deliver lectures on any topic related to the research featured in their Fulbright Canada Address, and work with colleagues at SUNY Plattsburgh.
  • Scholar-in-Residence Program: US$2,700/month plus international travel. The Worldwide Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program brings visiting scholars and professionals from abroad to lecture at U.S. colleges and universities for one semester or one academic year. Preference is given to institutions that infrequently or never have hosted Visiting Scholars and serve student populations underrepresented in international exchange programs, and/or to colleges and universities that are Minority Serving Institutions.

Opportunities in the United States 

Opportunities in Europe

Opportunities in Asia

Opportunities by International Organizations