UMD: A Globally Connected University

Global Partnerships-Faculty Travel Grant Competition

Global Partnerships-Faculty Travel Grant Competition


In order to deepen the University of Maryland's existing international connections, the Office of International Affairs (OIA) periodically offers a Global Partnerships-Faculty Travel Grant Competition. Grant funds support one or more faculty member to travel to one or more existing UMD partner institutions either to improve the implementation of existing formal collaborations or to develop new formal collaborative projects and programs. Awards are up to $5,000 per project, with an additional 20% of the amount of the grant required to be provided by the home academic department, college, or school of the grantee. Funds may be applied to transportation, accommodations, food, and other travel-related expenses. Up to four grants will be funded each round.

For more information on the Global Partnerships Travel Grants Program for Faculty and Researchers, please contact Dr. Joseph Scholten in the Office of International Affairs.  The Database of UMD's international agreements can be found here.


Past Awards

Spring 2017

Dr. Jae Kun Shim associate professor of kinesiology, ​ Summer Active Learning Program for Excellence (SALPE) ( with Kyung Hee University)

Dr. Maria Polinsky professor of linguistics, and Dr. Omer Preminger, associate professor of linguistics, Documentation of Mayan languages in contact (with Universidad del Valle de Guatemala)

Dr. Jennifer Roberts assistant professor of kinesiology, ​Active Living in the United States and New Zealand (with Otago University)

Spring 2016

Dr. Waverly Ding, associate professor of strategy and entrepreneurship, New Venture Incubator Management and Founder Entrepreneurship Education in China​ (with Peking University Guanghua School of Management)


Dr. Stacy J. Kosko assistant research professor of ​government and politics, Center for International Development and Conflict Management​ and Dr. Robert Koulish, associate research professor, M-Law Program; I  The Global Justice Partnership for Human Rights, Law, and Development (with Leiden University )


Dr. Jan Dempewolf, assistant research professor of geographic sciences,  Pilot Project Design for Agricultural Monitoring for Food Security in Uganda (with;Makerere University)


Dr. Laurent Montesi, associate professor of geology, Integrating Models of Plate Motion and the Rheology of Earth’s Lithosphere,​ (with the University of Oslo)


Spring 2015

Dr. Michael Cummings, associate professor of biology, Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology; Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) Extending the Bioinformatics Exchange for Students and Teachers (BEST) (with the University of Tübingen )

Cummings’ project will expand the UMD-TU BEST program from a joint graduate seminar into a full research collaboration, adding Bioinformatics to existing UMD-TU partnerships in the humanities.  Working with colleagues at the Center for Bioinformatics (ZBIT) at Tübingen, Cummings will explore the use of image file formatting, developed for transmission of graphics on the web, to address current data storage and transmission bottlenecks that are impeding computer analysis of the ever increasing amount of dna sequencing information that is now available.

Dr. Stuart Laurence, assistant professor of aerospace engineering
Thrust measurement on a free-flying scramjet model (with the University of Queensland)

Laurence’s project will build an important new bridge between UMD and the University of Queensland, one of UMD’s partners in the Universitas 21 consortium of leading global research universities.  UMD and QU are both leaders in the field of Aerospace Engineering, and scramjets are a promising engine technology for efficient hypersonic flight and low-cost access to space.  The grant will allow Laurence to work with colleagues at the QU Centre for Hypersonics, which has unique facility for testing vehicles traveling at Mach 10 and above.

Dr. David Maimon, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice
Physical, Social and Situational Factors as Determents of Public WiFi Users’ Illegal Online Behaviors (with the Technical University of Berlin)

Maimon will extend his path-breaking research on the security and privacy implications of the use of public WiFi networks to Berlin, where UMD has an existing exchange partnership in engineering with the Technical University of Berlin.  Working with TU colleagues and drawing on criminological, sociological and psychological perspectives, Maimon will explore how (or whether) public WiFi users’ illegitimate online behaviors (i.e. attempt to connect to a secure private router) are shaped by a range of physical, social, and temporal contexts.  This research will add a further, comparative dimension to his current work in the US and Israel.

Dr. Christina Prell, assistant professor of sociology
Investigating the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change through Stochastic Network Models (with the University of Groningen)

Prell’s project will expand the current UMD partnership in business and energy administration with the University of Groningen, tapping into the two institutions’ shared focus on environmental and climate science.  Prell and her Groningen colleagues will utilize the tools of sociological analysis to bring the human factor into research and policy discussions that currently emphasize the physical sciences.  Their work will build bridges between the various fields involved in the study of environmental change, producing a new, more holistic understanding.

Fall 2014

Dr. Dana Fisher, associate professor of sociology and director of the Program for Society and the Environment
Toward a Framework for Understanding Urban Environmental Stewardship in the United States and France (with the LADYSS MRU, University of Paris)

In association with the Laboratory of Social Dynamics and Spatial Reconstruction (LADYSS), a Mixed Research Unit of the University of Paris 1, Paris 7, Paris 8, and Paris 10, Fisher's project will create a collaborative program to study urban environmental stewardship across cities in the United States and France. Her work will be one of the first global comparative research projects on this subject and will also establish a new collaboration between the social scientists at these institutions.

Dr. Kris Marsh, assistant professor of sociology
The Black Middle Class in the United States and South Africa (with the University of Johannesburg)

This project will add an international dimension to Marsh’s current work examining what it means to be black in America through intra-group variables such as class, space, identity, educational achievement, and mental health. This collaboration will build an important new bridge, as well, between UMD and the University of Johannesburg, which are already linked through their common membership in the Universitas 21 consortium of leading global research universities.

Gabi Strauch, professor, School of Literatures, Languages, and Cultures (SLLC)
Building a Comprehensive Partnership in Teaching, Learning and Research (with Beijing Language and Culture University)

Strauch’s work will attempt to bring to fruition multiple areas of collaboration that have been developing between SLLC and its Beijing Language and Culture University cognate, the College of Foreign Languages, over the past two years. The resulting programs at both institutions will bring together faculty for professional development training and joint research, departments in specific language areas, and students via exchange programs and the pursuit of post-baccalaureate degrees at the other institution.

Uri Avin, research professor and director of the Planning and Design Center in the National Center for Smart Growth Research & Education
Implementing Statewide Planning Reforms – Opportunities for Collaboration between Maryland and Israel (with Haifa University and Tel Aviv University)

With this award, Avin will further strengthen the international dimensions and perspectives of his ongoing work in land use planning, sustainability, and related fields. At Haifa University, Avin will work with Professor Deborah Shmueli at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.  At Tel Aviv University (TAU), he will partner with Professor Arie Nesher, who is the professional director of the Porter School of Environmental Studies. This collaboration will also sustain and broaden the UMD institutional partnership with both Haifa and TAU.