International Partnership Development Fund (IPDF)

Please note that there is very limited funding left in the IPDF.

Applications that have already been submitted are being reviewed on a first come/first served basis.  If you submit an application now it will need to go on a waiting list.

Our international strategy, Global Glasgow 2025, reaffirms our institutional commitment to global connectedness and collaboration. Until 31 March 2023, University of Glasgow staff can apply for up to 100% funding for international activities that align with the priorities of the strategy via the International Partnership Development Fund (IPDF).  

Usually, the IPDF requires match funding; however, this uplift is reserved for applications that clearly demonstrate the potential benefits of proposed activity in relation to the priorities set out in our International Strategy: Global Glasgow 2025.

Who is it for: The IPDF is for University of Glasgow staff. 

What is it for: Please refer to the types of activities and examples of projects below. The IPDF should be used in the initial phase of the establishment of a partnership and so activities are usually short term (ie normally between 3 to 21 days). It is not designed as an alternative source of funding for direct research activity.

Funding: Up until the 31 March 2023, a maximum award of £10,000 is available per application. The application will be assessed to see if it meets the criteria for uplift. 100% funding is not guaranteed and a reduced amount may be offered.

Support: Any IPDF application must show support from your relative School, College or service, please refer below for details on the approval process. However, until the end of March 2023, the usual 50% match funding commitment will not apply. 

Deadlines: The deadline for the 100% uplift is 31 March 2023, and applications will be reviewed on a first come/first served basis with the fund closing when the available money is allocated. Please note that all funding must be spent by 31 July 2023.  

Application process and match funding support (School/College or Service)

Please follow the steps below to ensure that your application can be processed quickly.

1. Download and complete the IPDF application form

Any application will need to include specific and measurable success metrics and objectives and be aligned to the priorities of the our international strategy, Global Glasgow 2025. We welcome funding applications to work with institutions that are:

  • our IPDF priority partners or
  • in the World's Top 200 universities or
  • pre-eminent in their domestic context.

Please complete the: IPDF application form

2.  Gather School/College/Professional Service evidence of support for your application

All IPDF applications need to show College support.

College support should be given by the following:

College International Dean: Scott Spurlock (

MVLS - College International Deans: 

Matthew Walters ( and 
Chris Loughrey (

Science and Engineering:

Cristina Persano (
Katherine Henderson (

Social Sciences - Dean of External Engagement: Graeme Roy (

Social Sciences IPDF applicants should send draft IPDF applications to the International Development Manager, Angela Melley ( for advice before it is submitted for approval to the College Dean, Graeme Roy. 

Please contact, Internationalisation Officer Toni O’Neill (Toni.O' if you have questions on the approval process for IPDF for Social Sciences.

Service support should be given by the head of your service.

3. Decision on the IPDF application

Completed IPDF application forms and evidence of support should be emailed to at the International Affairs team in External Relations. The team will then liaise with the region's Dean for Global Engagement to secure central support for the application.

It’s a quick process and you are usually notified the results by email within 2 weeks and, if successful, the money will be transferred the following month.

4. Start your IPDF activity

If successful, then funding is usually transferred to a central college project code (unless you specify a particular project code during the application), you will need to arrange for the transfer of the IPD funding to you.

Then it’s up to you! You are responsible for arranging your own travel (usually using the same arrangements that normally use within your school). 

Remember that the IPDF is in year funding and so you will need to arrange and carry out the activity set out in your application ideally before the end of July. Note that in some cases the funding can be used to buy flights and accommodation in advance for activity planned, for example, in August. Any later and we advise you apply in the next year’s round of IPDF.


Please follow the latest University travel advice and be sure to arrange insurance (note that External Relations do not arrange your travel for you). You should fill in the free University of Glasgow Travel Insurance form online.  Further details on the University’s travel insurance can be found here

You are reminded to check COVID-19 vaccinations and testing requirements and whether there are any required quarantine periods in order to enter the country of the host institution well in advance of their proposed trip. 

Activities and examples of IPDF projects

Below are examples of the types of development areas suitable for IPDF.

Example of activity 
Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) activity 
Developing an articulation pathway
Summer schools at international partners and other blended/short term mobility routes (at all levels) 
Large delegation visit to a priority or potentially new University partner (either within or cross-college)
Collaborative international research opportunity at a School or College level
Online collaboration with partner
Incoming visits/meetings from international partners
Student recruitment
Staff mobility aimed at building a sustainable partnership
Capacity building (professional/personal development)
Extension of conference travel for partnership development at a School or College level (i.e. IPDF should not to be used for solely conference travel)

If you are planning an activity not included above, please email details

Examples of previously funded IPDF projects 

COIL activity

Enhancing internationalisation and understanding of sustainability through a remotely delivered hands-on STEM challenge with IISER PUNE India (Education 2020)

  • IPDF was used for classroom kits and support for translation.

Recruitment – promoting specific courses

Partnership between SCS and Sun-yat Sen, Qingdao, Jinan, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies and South China Agricultural University (Arts 2019)

  • Promotion of Postgraduate course and summer schools / meetings to develop student recruitment articulation pathways / Study Abroad promotion.
  • Funding was used for travel for a member of staff to visit five universities. Each of the institutions was keen to establish links with Glasgow. Following the visit there was an immediate rise in interest from students from the country to want to come to study abroad in Glasgow.

Recruitment – working with ER and other UoG staff in a specific country

Funding to visit universities In Nigeria to promote student recruitment and potential research synergies (MVLS, 2019)

  • Funding was used for a member of staff to visit five universities in Nigeria working with ER's recruitment staff in the region and the International Dean for Social Sciences.
  • As well as recruitment, the staff members were successful in receiving Erasmus ICM funding and developed new links to support research grant applications.

Inward visit

Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree set up (Social Sciences, 2013-2016)

  • The IPDF has been accessed over the years to invite potential new Erasmus Mundus Consortium partners to come to the University for initial planning meetings. Glasgow has been part of the programme for over 10 years and currently nine EMJMDs offered in partnership with Glasgow. 

Funding criteria

Any application will need to include specific and measurable objectives and success metrics.

Funding is available for initiatives at all levels of study and it will be allocated after consideration of applications by the region's Dean for Global Engagement. New programmes will be given priority.

Points to note:

  • The funds may be used for economy class or rail travel (or or related costs for support of projects. Applications should not exceed £10,000.
  • All applicants should refer to the University's sustainable travel guidance.
  • All bookings must be made via the University travel agency. Note that External Relations do not arrange travel, all applicants must arrange their own travel.
  • Applications should be submitted where possible at least one month in advance of travel.
  • If successful, funding is transferred once/month (we are no longer able to arrange immediate transfer).
  • The money is usually transferred to the central college project codes unless full details of other project codes are given (see application process).
  • The funding is in-year funding, therefore it must be spent before 31 July
  • The funding does not cover conference travel or expenses, although it can be used to support an extension of conference travel as long as the IPDF award is used for partnership development at a School or College level.

Examples of existing partners

We aim to make at least 50% of the total annual allocation for the IPD Fund for initiatives with the existing partners listed below.  

Also for any member of the following networks:

Progress report

Progress report

All successful applicants will be contacted and asked to complete an online IPDF progress report to update on the project and the specific and measurable success metrics and objectives in the initial application.

In addition, you may be asked to provide progress reports to the Dean for Global Engagement and to the Business Development Managers at your college at regular intervals throughout the year, this could include participating at events to promote the fund.

If you have a pending progress report then you may not be able to apply for further funding.