One of the activities of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue (CID) has been to acquire grant funding and distribute it to Communication scholars who are members of any of the member associations of the Council of Communication Associations (CCA being the parent organization of CID) for research-related travel. In 2012, the National Communication Association set aside $5000 to be spent in microgrants to be distributed by the Center, so 5 travel grants were made available to NCA members. Reports describing those projects are available. In 2013, the Association for Business Communication also set aside funds for microgrants distributed by the Center, and 3 were awarded to ABC members, and those reports are available as well. As other grants are available directly from the Center, information will be announced. To view all posts relating to all microgrants, specific information about Fulbright awards (one specific type of funding available primarily to academics), including a series of posts describing their experiences by people who have held Fulbrights, or all other individual posts on grants, click on the relevant link.

There are many sources of funding available to scholars at all levels who wish to travel internationally for research-related purposes. Some of those possibilities are listed below.


Agneta och Gunnar Nilsson Stipendium for Studier av Interkulturella Relationer / Agneta and Gunnar Nilsson Scholarship for the Study of Intercultural Relations
Scholarship for a Swedish student to study intercultural relations.

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Promotes academic cooperation between scholars and those in the rest of the world by funding collaborative research projects in Germany (for non-Germans) or elsewhere (for Germans).

Alfa Fellowship Program
Each year offers up to 18 accomplished young Americans, Britons, and Germans the opportunity to complete a high-level professional development program in Russia.

American Association of Colleges & Universities – Bringing Theory to Practice
AAC&U provides funding for campus projects, most recently (2020) through multi-institutional innovation grants. Part of a larger initiative called The Way Forward, they invite collaborative projects that respond to current crises — systemic racism, the pandemic, and the economic catastrophe — and the imperative for change in higher education.

American Association of University Women
AAUW supports women who pursue graduate studies, as well as a variety of community action programs to support education for women. They have international fellowships and international project grants.

American Council of Learned Societies
ACLS offers a variety of fellowships, and with various emphases (China, Africa, International Relations), including dissertation and postdoc fellowships.

American Councils for International Education
Administers a variety of international exchanges.

American Institute for Indian Studies
Fellowships for pre- and post-doctoral scholars and artists in pursuit of knowledge about India.

American-Scandinavian Foundation
Fellowships and grants for educational and cultural exchange opportunities.

Anne Frank Fonds (Switzerland)
Grants support: Education against racism, anti-Semitism, discrimination, prejudice and violence; human rights, in particular women’s and children’s rights; dialogue across cultures, ethnic groups and religions; and peacebuilding, among other issues.

Arthur Vining Davis Foundations (USA) 
The Interfaith Leadership and Religious Literacy Program Area seeks to support organizations that promote religious literacy and create opportunities for courageous multi-faith conversations and collaboration.

Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK)
The AHRC promotes international links at many levels: from policy through to research funding and researcher links.

ASIANetwork Freeman Foundation Student-Faculty Fellows Program for Collaborative Research in Asia
Allow faculty mentors to take several students to Asia to conduct research.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships
Awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships
To fund a year of advanced language study abroad for college graduates using an East or Southeast Asian language in their careers.

British Academy
Offers a wide variety of fellowships across various disciplines.

British Council – Science Research Funding
Supports new links between early stage researchers in the UK and elsewhere; opportunities for funding exchange visits or networking conferences.

Canadian government – Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program
The Program has three funding components: Events, Projects and Community Capacity Building. It also includes two separate initiatives, Community Support for Black Canadian Youth initiative and the Paul Yuzyk Youth Initiative for Multiculturalism.

Center for Khmer Studies Fellowships
Provides in-country research fellowships for U.S., Cambodian, and French undergraduates, scholars and doctoral students.

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange
Encourages scholars at academic institutions throughout the world to undertake research projects in the humanities and social sciences that can shed new light on Chinese culture and society.

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (UK)
Churchill Fellowships permit UK citizens to expand professional and personal horizons and, crucially, make a difference to communities and professions across the UK. Covers international travel for 2 months, including conference fees as relevant. Eligible categories include Education, and Migration among others. The Australian Trust and New Zealand Trust fund Churchill Fellows from those countries.

Cole Foundation (Canada)
Funds intercultural conversations through theatre grants to ensure Montrealers have a greater awareness of the voices and stories from and about its diverse cultures and communities.

Commonwealth Foundation
Awards funding for sustainable development projects that contribute to effective, responsive and accountable governance with civil society participation. “Cultural respect and understanding” is one of their major themes.

Council of American Overseas Research Centers
Manages research scholarships and fellowships for member centers, including multi-country research, intensive summer language institutes and others.

Dale G. Leathers Memorial Fund to Promote Communication Studies in Emerging Democracies
Small annual grant to encourage communication studies in emerging democracies.

East-West Center
Journalism fellowships and exchanges for American and Asia Pacific journalists to promote understanding of the complexities of the Asia Pacific region through study tours.

Researchers who want to work on data available at GESIS may apply for support to access EUROLAB for a period of one month at its research lab in Cologne, Germany. Applications open several times each year.

European Cultural Foundation
Supports cultural changemakers and their projects through grants and exchange programs.

Ford Global Fellowship
Aims to connect and support the next generation of social justice leaders who are advancing innovative solutions to end inequality.

FORTE: Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Primarily provides grants related to health, working life, and welfare, but also funds some fellowships, postdocs, and visiting researchers.

French-American Foundation
Mostly brings together young leaders from US and France.

Fulbright Program
Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program offers international educational and cultural exchange programs for passionate and accomplished students, scholars, artists, teachers, and professionals of all backgrounds to study, teach, or pursue important research and professional projects. Since Fulbrights are such an obvious grant for international travel related to teaching and research, descriptions of some Communication scholars who have been awarded Fulbrights are posted here.

Fulbright-Hayes Group Projects Abroad Program
Provides grants to support overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Projects may include short-term seminars, curriculum development, group research or study, or advanced intensive language programs.

German Academic Exchange Service
A publicly funded independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany; provides information as well as financial support to undergraduate and graduate students and faculty for research and/or study in Germany.

German Marshall Fund of the US
Supports a variety of grants for activities between Germany and the US, including “Creating new dialogues.”

GrffinHarte Foundation
This US nonprofit provides small grants from individuals exploring civility and/or the ways their research contributes to an understanding of civility, civil discourses, and civil practices.

Institute for International Education
Manages more than 200 programs with participants from more than 180 countries.

Institute of Current World Affairs
Supports fellows for two-year immersive programs of independent research and writing abroad. A proposed fellowship must hold the promise of enriching public life in the United States by advancing the understanding of foreign countries, cultures and trends.

InterExchange Foundation
Supports young Americans with a passion for improving the world.

International Research Center for Japanese Studies
Offers fellowships for Visiting Research Scholars for an academic year, and accepts graduate students who are majoring in fields related to Japanese studies as special inter-institutional research fellows.

Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership
CGP’s Grant Program supports US-Japan collaborative projects that explore current, policy-relevant issues of mutual concern to the US and Japan, including demographic changes, migration, and social disparities. There are also several fellowships programs, including one for journalists.

Laura Jane Musser Fund
Provides grants to promote mutual understanding and cooperation between groups and citizens of different cultural backgrounds within defined geographical areas through collaborative, cross-cultural exchange projects. Projects must be intercultural and demonstrate intercultural exchange, rather than focused on just one culture. Only available to projects in specific US states.

Leverhulme Trust (UK)
Offers international fellowships for established researchers in the UK to develop new knowledge, skills and ideas in one or more research centres outside the UK; for UK students to study abroad. Also helps universities in the UK to fund positions for international scholars, either short or long term.

Lisle International Global Seed Grants
Support innovative projects which advance intercultural understanding through shared experiences, with the goal of creating a more just social order. Projects may seek to bridge a variety of community divides, including ethnic, cultural, religious, racial or gender perspectives, anywhere in the world.

National Humanities Center
NHC is an institute for advanced study in North Carolina, giving out 40 residential fellowships per year for research projects in many areas.

NEA Foundation
Awards global learning fellowships to bring new perspectives to public school classrooms.

National Endowment for the Humanities
NEH has multiple grant opportunities, including for collaborative research in the humanities, and Dialogues on the Experience of War.

National Science Foundation International Research Experiences for Students
IRES supports international research collaborations incorporating students in any area of research funded by the NSF.

Newton International Fellowships
Provides support for non-UK scientists who are at an early stage of their research career and wish to conduct research in the UK..

Obama Foundation Fellowships
Supports outstanding civic innovators—leaders who are working with their communities to create transformational change and addressing some of the world’s most pressing problems.The program selects 20 community-minded rising stars from around the world for a two-year, non-residential program, designed to amplify the impact of their work and inspire a wave of civic innovation.

On the Move
Provides information and tips on how and where to find funding for mobility as an artist, a cultural professional, and/or a cultural organisation.

Open Society Foundations
Offers grants, scholarships, and fellowships throughout the year to organizations and individuals who share Open Society values. We look for grantees who have a vision and whose efforts will lead to lasting social change.

Phi Kappa Phi
Provides Study Abroad Grants designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad.

New Zealand-based website providing information on fellowships of all sorts. Their definition of fellowships: “funding for short-term projects, graduate study, and opportunities to live and work abroad.”

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting provides travel grants to cover hard costs associated with upcoming travel for an international reporting project.

Rotary International Peace Fellowships
Designed for leaders with work experience in peace and development.

Scripps Howard Foundation
Grants give professional journalists the funding they need to cover issues of national and international importance.

Social Science Research Council
Funded by the Japan Foundation, SSRC’s Abe Fellowships promote deeply contextualized cross-cultural research between the US and Japan. There are specific Abe Fellowships for Journalists. Other competitions include International Dissertation Research Fellowships and the InterAsia Academy.

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
SHAFR offers a variety of research fellowships and travel awards for historians- these should be available to journalism historians as well as other types.

Stanford Humanities Center External Faculty Fellowships
Residential fellowships for full-time faculty undertaking innovative projects in the humanities and humanistic social sciences; non- US nationals welcome to apply.

Study Abroad AIFS (American Institute for Foreign Studies)
Provides scholarships to undergraduates for both summer and semester study abroad programs.

Swiss National Science Foundation
SNSF funds international mobility and collaboration, among other projects.

Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellowship
A one-year grant for independent study and travel outside the US awarded to graduating college seniors from 41 participating institutions.

Trust for Mutual Understanding
The Trust for Mutual Understanding awards grants to American nonprofit organizations to support the international travel component of cultural and environmental exchanges conducted in partnership with institutions and individuals in Russia and Central and Eastern Europe. Priority consideration is given to projects that involve direct, in-depth professional interaction, with the potential for sustained collaboration; that show evidence of professional accomplishment and innovation; and/or that respond to social contexts and engage local communities.

US-Indonesian Society
Offers multiple grants to both US citizens and Indonesian citizens.

US-Ireland Alliance
Mitchell Scholars are chosen for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

US Institute of Peace
USIP grants support peacebuilding projects managed by non-profits. Their fellowships support cutting-edge research, writing, analysis and convening by emerging and leading international experts from many disciplinary and professional backgrounds, as well as dissertations on topics related to international conflict management and peacebuilding.

US-Japan Foundation
The United States-Japan Foundation offers grants in the areas of pre-college education, communication/public opinion, and US-Japan policy studies each fall (starting in 2020) and on an annual theme each spring (starting in 2021). For 2021, the theme is Disruption and Resilience. In addition, the US-Japan Leadership Program develops a network among the next generation of leaders in the two countries.

Volkswagen Foundation
The Volkswagan Foundation offers a variety fo funding options for those who already have a PHD.Those who have already been approved for funding now have an option in apply for additional funds to integrate refugee scholars into a project.

Waterhouse Family Institute
WFI is based at Villanova University, and holds an annual grants competition related to the centrality of Communication in the creation of social change.

Wenner-Gren Foundation
Offers a variety of options to fund anthropology projects, including some specifically for non-US citizens, and also Global Initiatives Grants.

Woodrow Wilson Center
In addition to multiple international fellowships hosted at the Center in Washington DC, there is a specific China fellowship, and a Foreign Policy fellowship.

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