Category: Grants

World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowship

Every year the RSM Program provides grants of up to $25,000 to PhD candidates from developing countries to conduct innovative, development-related, PhD research under the supervision of a research advisor at a host institution abroad.

Fellows must commit to return to their home country when their fellowship ends to complete their PhD and to work.

Preference is given to lecturers and researchers who are employed in academic or research institutions in their home country and are currently enrolled in PhD programs.

Core Eligibility Criteria:

  • Home country is a World Bank member developing country.
  • Not a dual citizen of a developed country.
  • Currently enrolled in a PhD program in a member country of the World Bank.
  • Completed all coursework and exam requirements for your PhD.
  • Have a master’s degree.
  • Be 35 years or younger.
  • You meet one of the following conditions:

a) You are enrolled in a PhD program in your home country, and not currently employed.
b) You are enrolled in a PhD program in your home country or another World Bank member country and are working in an academic or research institution in your home country.

Apply here.

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Global Education October Newsletter

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International Travel Supplemental Grants for Faculty

This program supports faculty travel for the purposes of participation at international conferences. This program is administered through the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR).

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Borlaug Graduate Research Grant

Deadline November 10, 2014. This program supports exceptional U.S. graduate students conducting research on topics related to USAID’s global hunger and food security initiative—Feed the Future. All topics that relate to food security and are linked to the research strategies of the Feed the Future initiative are eligible. Applicants must focus their food security related graduate research in a single, developing country context and collaborate with a mentor from an International Agricultural Research Center (IARC), or a qualifying National Agricultural Research System (NARS) unit. Two application cycles are held annually, in the Spring and Fall semesters.

Borlaug Graduate Research Grant Summary

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For Faculty: Grants available for new initiatives in international program development

The Office of International Affairs and the Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED) invite Virginia Tech faculty to apply for a limited number of small grants to support new initiatives in international program development. Depending on available resources, up to $2,500 may be requested. Targeted initiatives include:

Curricular projects for development of academic programs dealing with global issues

  • Academic or research development projects to position grantees for larger external funding
  • The cost of planning and administering new education abroad or student exchange programs

Preference will be given to quality proposals that show a dollar-for-dollar level of matching from department and/or college sources. This match may include cash or in-kind contributions, extended release time for curriculum development, special staff and technology support, or plans for further development opportunities for the faculty member or program in question.

The deadline for applications for the November – April cycle is November 15.

More detailed information and a copy of the application can be found at

Submit proposals via email to or mail to:

OIRED, Attn. Shannon Dove,
526 Prices Fork Road (0378)
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Questions or requests for clarification should be directed to Michael Bertelsen at

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