Western International

International Funding Opportunities

The following international funding opportunities are for researchers (faculty, students and trainees).

**All applications require a ROLA submission**
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Reminder: Grant Applications are to be submitted under our legal name, The University of Western Ontario

Western University's Strategy for International Research. 

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Opportunities by Canadian Organizations

CIHR – International and global health collaborations

International Collaboration

Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP)

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

Global Affairs Canada

For more Global Affairs Canada Grants opportunities, visit site below.

Funding Options

Grand Challenges Canada

Funding Opportunities

International Awards and Distinctions

Awards and Distinctions

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.

IDRC Research Awards



Strategic Partnership Grants for Projects

Ontario Arts Council

Building Audiences and Markets: Grant Programs

SSHRC Belmont Forum

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SSHRC – International Research Funding

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Universities Canada

Programs and Scholarship Information

Western’s New International Research Networks Award (NIRN)

Program information

PSC Partners Seeking a Cure

PSC Partners and affiliate PSC Partners Canada offer grants to conduct research that addresses an important and novel, basic or clinical research question related to PSC and closely associated diseases (such as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) and cholangiocarcinoma). Our Research Grants Program seeks to encourage investigators to conduct research in promising new areas, with the goal that data generated will lead to federal (NIH) or external international funding .Research grant funding is limited to $40,000 per year for 2 years ($80,000 total). However, focused proposals with smaller budget requests will also be considered.

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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 award amount is unspecified.

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

Faculty Mobility Program

The Government of Canada is offering a grant to Canadian professors and researchers to teach or conduct research, for a short period, in Latin America and the Caribbean .The Faculty Mobility Program aims to increase the number of institutional collaborations and student exchange agreements between Canadian, Latin American and Caribbean postsecondary institutions. Canadian institutions have to apply on behalf of faculty by submitting a proposal detailing the proposed study or research projects in eligible countries

(Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos; Central America: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama; North America: Mexico; or South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela). Duration: Three (3) to eight (8) weeksValue: Up to CAD 7,000Inclusions: airfare, living expenses, health insurance and visa or work permit fees and other eligible expenses. For more information, visit Faculty Mobility Program

Western Internal Research Award

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. The NIRN award provides eligible Western researchers with an opportunity to access up to $5,000 to facilitate a new international research collaboration. The funds are intended to address the logistical costs incurred during the initial process of setting up a collaborative research project such as travel, communications costs, and/or small scale exploratory research. NIRN awards are adjudicated internally through a merit review process.

Applications will be received on a continuous basis throughout the program year.

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AMS Postdoctoral Fellowship in History of Medicine and Healthcare

Funded by: Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) The maximum amount awarded is a $45,000 stipend for one year, plus a $2,500 research and travel allowance. The awards may begin on the first of any month between September 1, 2019, and September 1, 2020. The fellowships are intended for emerging scholars to complete work already started on projects featuring the study, analysis, and interpretation of past practices, philosophies, and/or epistemologies related to human health, health care, and/or disease or the education of health professionals, or to begin a new project in the field.

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Opportunities in the United States

John Templeton Foundation funds - U.S.A.

The John Templeton Foundation funds: Mathematical & Physical Sciences; Life Sciences; Human Sciences; Philosophy and Theology; Science in Dialogue; Character Development; Individual Freedoms and Free Markets; Exceptional Cognitive Talent & Genius; and Genetics.

United States Federal Funding

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National Institutes of Health - Various Founding Opportunities

Next Generation Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (NGM) (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)

Application deadlines: May 6, 2019; May 6, 2020; May 6, 2021, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

Award Project period: The maximum project period is 5 years. 

Award amount:  Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.

Behavioral and Integrative Treatment Development Program (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) (PAR-19-212) and (R34 Clinical Trial Optional) (PAR-19-213)

Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): July 23, 2019; March 23, 2020; July 23, 2020; and more

Award amount: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.

Award Project period: The maximum project period is 5 years.

US Department of State

Opportunities in Europe

Post Doc Pool Grants - Finland

The pool grants are intended only for sending researchers abroad from Finland and will cover all expenses for conducting research abroad, including travel and moving costs, schooling expenses and insurance. 

Stockholm International Water Institute - Sweden

Stockholm Water Prize worth $150,000USD. The Laureate receives global acknowledgement and visibility, a specially designed sculpture, and USD 150,000. He or she also has the privilege of presenting a lecture during the Opening Plenary of the World Water Week in Stockholm. 

The UK Department of International Development Funding

Funding options

The University of Essex International Visiting Fellowships - United Kingdom

The University of Essex International Visiting Fellowships are the University’s flagship research fellowship programme, in which internationally recognised researchers based outside of the United Kingdom are invited to experience and contribute to the research community at the University of Essex. 

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme - European Union

The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellowship program offers funding provision for up to 3000 PhD scholarships per year in Europe. There are vacancies all year round and Canadian candidates should apply directly to the projects published on the Erasmus webiste

Jean Monnet Activities - European Union

The Jean Monnet Activities provides funding to support the teaching and research of EU studies worldwide. Jean Monnet grants continue to support actions and activities in the fields of education, training and youth. Since 2007, there have been 49 projects selected for Jean Monnet funding in Canada. 

The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF) awards Travel Grants

The Award is for junior researchers who are currently conducting an experimental project in basic biomedical research and wish to pursue a short-term research stay or attend a practical course of up to 3 months. More Information.

  • To learn clearly-defined methods useful for your ongoing research and the work of your research group at home by visiting another laboratory, or by attending research-orientated courses including practical training (the practical part has to cover at least 50% of the course).
  • To enable graduates from abroad and their potential PhD supervisors to evaluate the scientific and personal prerequisites before embarking on a PhD thesis. To this end, the graduate student shall pursue a short project in his/her potential PhD supervisor's laboratory for at least 4 weeks.
  • European citizens working in Europe and overseas, and to non-European citizens who perform their MD, PhD or postdoctoral project in Europe, or will use the travel grant to work in Europe. Applicants must pursue an experimental project in basic biomedical research and belong to one of the following groups of junior scientists
    • PhD students or medical students pursuing an experimental doctoral thesis.
    • postdocs who are pursuing a particular research project.
    • Graduates from abroad who have applied for a PhD project, but who have not yet worked with their potential PhD supervisor.

Horizon 2020 - European Union

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DAAD German Academic Exchange Services - Germany and European Union

RIG Research Funding Guide

The German Research Landscape

The Royal Society International Collaboration Awards - United Kingdom

The scheme provides up to 75,000 per year and will be dependent on case for support. Awards are for up to three years. The Collaboration Award can be used flexibly on activities directly relevant to supporting collaboration between the UK applicant, overseas co-applicant and their research groups. Requests can include: research expenses, travel and subsistence for the applicants or members of their team, salary for research assistance, and small pieces of equipment (no more than 10K per item).

Proposals should address the GCRF research agenda for enabling change focusing on one or more of the following areas:

Equitable Access to Sustainable Development
1. secure and resilient food systems supported by sustainable marine resources and agriculture
2. sustainable health and well being
3. inclusive and equitable quality education
4. clean air, water and sanitation
5. affordable, reliable, sustainable energy

Sustainable Economies and Societies

6. sustainable livelihoods supported by strong foundations for inclusive economic growth and innovation
7. resilience and action on short-term environmental shocks and long-term environmental change
8. sustainable cities and communities
9. sustainable production and consumption of materials and other resources

Human Rights, Good Governance and Social Justice
10. understand and respond effectively to forced displacement and multiple refugee crises
11. reduce conflict and promote peace, justice and humanitarian action
12. reduce poverty and inequality, including gender inequalities

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Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship - Humboldt Foundation

Sponsorship for research stays worldwide by researchers from Germany of all disciplines and at all career stages. Applicants choose an academic host from some 15,000 academics in the Humboldt Network abroad.

Applications are received on a continuous basis. A Humboldt Foundation selection committee meets in February, June and October to decide on applications.

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Action on Hearing Loss - United Kingdom

Action on Hearing Loss - United Kingdom

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) / German Research Foundation

This funding instrument serves to establish collaborative relationships between international partners. Three different modules are available: "Exploratory Workshops", "Trips Abroad" and "Guest Visits". If several different modules will be used during a short time frame and doing so will enable cooperation preparations to be made particularly effectively, the modules may be combined. The funding remains available for a maximum of 12 months after the approval date, and the individual collaborative measures must be carried out within this time frame. Funding is available for the following collaborative measures: Trips abroad (max. three months) or guest visits in Germany (max. three month); Exploratory workshops. Where such agreements exist, these measures may also be funded jointly by partner organisations abroad.

Application deadlines: Continuous

Citizenship or Residency: Germany. Researchers who have already achieved their doctorates and who are working in the German scientific system may apply. Special rules apply to members of non-university research institutions.

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Opportunities in Asia

Agency for Science, Technology and Research (Singapore): A*STAR Research Attachment Programme (ARAP) - Singapore

ARAP is designed to facilitate collaboration between researchers in the overseas universities and in A*STAR. Typically, a PhD student who remains matriculated at the overseas university, undertakes a 1-2 years of research work in an A*STAR research institute. A*STAR provides a monthly stipend and other allowances such as conference/medical insurance for the period that the student is here in Singapore.

Agency for Science, Technology and Research (Singapore): Singapore International Pre-Graduate Award (SIPGA) - Singapore

The SIPGA programme  provides a 2-6 month experience in an A*STAR research institute for third or fourth year undergraduates or Masters students. The student works with a supervisor, usually as part of a larger research project, in an A*STAR institute. As A*STAR is a research organization rather than a university, students can arrange to start at any time of the year, subject to the availability of the supervisor. Admission to this programme is on a competitive basis.

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (Various Grants, Awards and Opportunities) - India

The Shastri Institute is an Indo-Canadian Institute that aims to improve the quality of life of Canada and India by building and strengthening intellectual and cultural linkages through research, dialogue and exchange.

Various opportunities available:

Opportunities in Africa

Opportunities in Central and South America

Research Collaboration with the Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY) in Mexico - Mexico

The Autonomous University of Yucatan is interested in receiving Canadian students and in developing research collaboration with Canadian faculty. Read about summary information sheet on the university, including areas of research strength and contact information on their website.

Opportunities in Oceania

Endeavor Leadership Program - Australia

The application process is opening in early August. Australia’s Department of Education and Training offers financial assistance, through the Endeavour Program, to support Indigenous mobility – including Indigenous student mobility – between Canada and Australia. The funds may be used to support two-way mobility for short and long-term study, research and professional development.

Opportunities by International Organizations

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Various founding opportunities are avaiable throughout the year, visit the site for more imformation.

MacArthur Foundation

100 & Change 

This is a competition for a single $100 million grant to help solve one of the world's most critical social challenges . 100 & Change remains open to organizations and collaborations working in any field, anywhere in the world. Proposals must identify a problem and offer a solution that promises significant and durable change; they will be accepted online only from April 30 to August 6, 2019.

If you would like assistance with strategy, team-building etc. please contact Melanie Katsivo ( mkatsivo@uwo.ca or at extension 82861)

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For more McArthur Foundation opportunities, visit site below.

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Wellcome Trust

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The James S. McDonnell Foundation

2019 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Understanding Dynamic and Multi-scale Systems

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Human Frontier Science Program

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