Global Opportunity Grant

The purpose of the Global Opportunities Grants is to encourage faculty to think creatively and author projects that will contribute to globalization at UTRGV. Travel abroad or to conferences by the applicant(s) will not be considered under these grants. Travel by invited speakers for events will be considered under these grants.

Examples of possible initiatives include, but are not limited to: the development of professional relationships (visiting scholars, etc.), forums or conferences, cultural showings or performances, presentations, education, and other experiences that will directly enhance internationalization of the campus or community in innovative ways.

Global Opportunity Grant Application Form
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Eligibility:
  • All UTRGV adjunct, lecturer, tenured, or tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply.
  • Faculty members are allowed to submit multiple applications for different projects during the same fiscal year.
  • Proposals must be received by OGE no less than one month (or 30 days) PRIOR to the stated start date of the project. 
  • Projects must conclude prior to the end of the fiscal year.
  • No more than one application allowed for a single event.
  • UTRGV faculty members may receive a maximum of two OGE grants (FRG/GOG) per fiscal year. Preference will be given to first time applicants.

Types of Global Opportunity Grants:

Please note that there are two types of GOG and that they are funded at different levels. The underlying objectives for each grant are the same.

I. Small GOG

A Small GOG is intended to assist faculty members advance internationalization through a single event. (E.g. a speaker, a film showing, activities that internationalize UTRGV, etc.) These grants have a maximum award level of $500. Funds requested from other sources are in addition to the $500. Applicants must include a specific and detailed explanation of how they plan to promote the event.

II. Large GOG

A Large GOG is intended to assist an individual faculty member or group of faculty members advance internationalization through a recurring or series of events. (E.g. a film series stretching over the academic year, a semester-long speaker series, multiple and linked cultural events, inter-related outreach projects among faculty members, etc.) These grants have a maximum award level of $1,000. Funds requested from other sources are in addition to the $1,000. Applicants must include a specific and detailed explanation of how they plan to promote the event.

Application Procedures:

A completed GOG proposal should be submitted by the faculty member and consist of the following:

   1- A titled proposal narrative (2 pages maximum) that includes the following:

  • Faculty name(s), rank, department, email, phone number;
  • Amount being requested from OGE;
  • Overview (brief statement that describes what you intend to accomplish, along with start/end dates);
  • Site (where the project will take place);
  • Outcome (how your proposed project will impact globalization at UTRGV and how it will be measured/assessed);
  • Budget (list of estimated expenses. Also provide the other funding amount and source).

   2- A copy of your curriculum vitae.

   3- A letter of support from your department chair or dean. (One to two paragraphs are sufficient.)

   4- Letter/documents demonstrating applicant is seeking additional funding as stated above.


Submit electronically your completed GOG application documents to the Office of Global Engagement (OGE@utrgv.edu, subject line “GOG Application.”) at least one month (or 30 days) PRIOR to the start date provided in the narrative. The application packet should be e-mailed directly to OGE, with copies to your chair and dean.  All activities need to obviously acknowledge the support of OGE.

Final Report:

Within 2 months following completion of the project, the PI must provide a final report (2 pages maximum) to OGE. Faculty are not eligible to apply for additional OGE grants until their final report has been received. The final report will provide:

  • Brief over view of event;
  • Assessment of impact (whom was engaged and impacted, and specifically how did this event promote internationalization.)
  • Did the project achieve its stated goals or not? Explain in either case.