A typical olive market in Morocco.

Global Outreach

Faculty Development Opportunities

For VCU Faculty

Fulbright Scholar Program

The Fulbright Scholar Program is one of the most powerful and transformative professional development experiences available to faculty. The Global Education Office serves as VCU's central point of contact and principal liaison for the Fulbright program. We can connect you with former participants right here on campus, help you develop and polish your Fulbright proposal and provide you with the most up-to-date information on opportunities available.

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Harris Manchester Award
Oxford University Summer Research Institute

Each year the Global Education Office in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Research solicits applications from VCU faculty for participation in Oxford’s Harris Manchester College Summer Research Institute.  The Summer Research Institute is an opportunity for faculty to enhance a research project through a week of focused study. The Institute draws scholars with diverse interests from many U.S. universities. Your time is your own for study and writing, as well as taking advantage of cultural activities offered at Oxford University.

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Faculty Development Seminars

Now in its fifth year, the Seminar strengthens VCU’s capacity for global impact by building interdisciplinary teams around critical world issues and regions.  The Seminar enables faculty to enrich the global dimensions of their teaching, research and community engagement through cultural immersion and connections with counterparts abroad.  The program leads a group of selected faculty to specific global partners for the purpose of exploring collaborative research and teaching possibilities. The global partners to be visited rotates each year.

Lebanon (2018)

The Global Education Office and the College of Humanities and Sciences are pleased to announce the 2018 Faculty Development Seminar’s destination is Lebanon and will focus on the rich research, teaching and service collaboration potential for students and faculty that emerge through closer acquaintance. Topics include armed conflict and the global refugee crisis and the role of NGOs in civil society. Priority for participation is given to faculty who demonstrate potential to incorporate seminar impact into their teaching, research and/or community engagement.

This year's seminar is a regional collaboration with the College of Humanities and Sciences and the VCU Office of Faculty Affairs, and is presented with support from the Humanities Research Center.

Program Components

Successful applicants will participate in a spring semester pre-departure program which includes preparatory readings, lectures, and discussions. The group will then travel to meet with university, governmental and community counterparts to explore and/or strengthen collaborations appropriate to the faculty member’s interests and discipline. Travel typically occurs over the course of two weeks during the summer. All programming logistics will be handled by the Global Education Office, and faculty participants must be able to travel within the timeframe designated for the program.  

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Mexico and Guatemala (2017)

The 2017 Faculty Development Seminar’s destination is Mexico and Guatemala and will focus on the rich research, teaching and service collaboration potential for students and faculty that emerge through closer acquaintance. Topics include the causes and impacts of immigration, indigenous communities and cultures, and relevant partner institutions both in the Richmond area and at seminar destinations.

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South Africa (2014)

The South Africa seminar was offered in partnership with the Division of Community Engagement to prepare participants to expand their international academic experiences and cultivate their own teaching and research connections with counterparts abroad, as well as create a new course, add a new unit to an existing course, and/or broaden the scope of all courses. This seminar was held in conjunction with VCU International Strategic Partnership University, University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durbin, South Africa.

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Faculty Development Seminar 2014 Final Report

Spain & Morocco (2013)

In collaboration with our strategic international partner, the University of Córdoba, taking advantage of its unique location and expertise, participants in this seminar will explore the links between Morocco and Spain on a variety of levels, including its rich cultural and historic heritage and the intersection of the "developing" and "developed" world.

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Faculty Development Seminar 2013 Final Report

U.S. Faculty Scholar Program for Academic Year 2016-2017

For this academic year, the Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) expects to award approximately 4 grants for U.S.professors to teach courses in English at Vietnamese universities either on-site in Vietnam or by interactive, real-time videoconferencing from the United States, from one to two semesters. Each proposal selected for funding will receive a grant from VEF that may not exceed U.S. $55,000. The fields of study supported by VEF are sciences (natural, physical, and environmental), and technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (including biomedical sciences as well as epidemiology, nutrition, and biostatistics within public health).

Applications are available ONLY online at VEF website at www.vef.govfrom October 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016 (U.S. time).

For further details, please view the announcement or contact us via email: usfs@vef.gov


Humanities Research Center Grants for Summer 2016

The Humanities Research Center is delighted to announce the continuation of its annual competition for ResearchGrants designed to foster excellence in research and creative scholarship at Virginia Commonwealth University by providing funds to support direct research costs incurred by faculty. These costs will include travel to archives, lodging, meals, and expenses related to collection of data such as photocopying and photography fees. 

The Center will award fifteen Research Grants of $1,000 each for use during the summer of 2016. Five of these grants will be given to projects with an international/transnational/global theme and are made possible by generous support from the Global Education Office.  All tenured, tenure-track, and term faculty working in the humanities at VCU are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to candidates who did not receive a grant for the previous year and who are or will be applying for research support from an external agency during the current academic year, or who have done so within the past two academic years. Applications are due November 13, 2015.

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For International Faculty

Richard T. Robertson School of Media
Global Media Visiting Scholars Program

The Global Media Visiting Scholar (GMVS) program offers university faculty, doctoral students as well as media executives and professionals from around the world the opportunity to undertake one or two semester(s) (up to 6 or 12 months) of research and creative activities in the Richard T. Robertson School of Media. 

The program recruits competent, active, motivated, and intellectually dedicated individuals who are working on significant scholarly (research or creative) projects. Collaboration is a key part of the program and each visiting scholar or professional is matched with at least one faculty member in the Robertson School.

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