International Partnership Development Fund (IPDF)

Round one of the 2023/2024 IPDF is now open. Closing date: 2 October 2023.

Note that you will require a 50% match funding commitment from your School/College or Service when you submit your application.

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

Priority will be given to IPDF applications that:

  • clearly demonstrate the potential benefits of proposed activity in relation to the priorities set out in our International Strategy: Global Glasgow 2025,
  • are developing articulation pathways,
  • use the international travel to explore multiple strands of activity (whether this is visiting several partners in a region or exploring more than one topic, e.g. following your own international partnerships aims and also arranging meetings or promotion on behalf of your school or college),
  • build on work with existing partners or develop a new relationship of strategic importance to the School or College,
  • offer opportunities for members of staff that have not yet accessed the IPDF.

The most successful applicants discuss ideas in advance so that their aims align with the School/College and/or with the region. We encourage you to contact the relevant Dean for Global Engagement, as well as your local internationalisation contacts (see below) whilst drafting the application.

Note that the IPDF will not fund an individual’s direct research activity, but it can be used for exploratory meetings with international research partners, preferably those that are already working to prepare external grant applications.

Note that the IPDF will not fund an individual’s direct research activity, but it can be used for staff to address the University's international Global Research priorities, e.g. preparatory meetings with international research partners to develop external grant applications.

Who is it for: The IPDF is for University of Glasgow staff. It is not suitable for PhD students.

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: The IPDF requires 50% match funding support from your school or college, please refer below for details on the approval process. in exceptional cases, the central IPDF support may be raised to above 50%. The maximum amount is £10,000 but this must include the match funding. Applications should show in detail how the funding will be allocated.


  • IPDF round one: opens early August; closing date Monday, 2 October (submitted applications must have evidence of school/college or service match funding support). Applicants will be notified of the outcomes in October and the funding will be transferred. You can apply in round one for travel at any time over the next financial year (until 31 July).
  • IPDF round two: opens early January, closing date 20 February. Applicants notified in March.

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.

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

Please follow the steps below - the closing date for applications with evidence of support is 2 October.

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

IPDF application form

2.  Evidence of funding and support for your application

We strongly advise that you contact your college contacts as you are drafting your application for advice so that they are aware of your application. Any application by the deadline of 2 October must include college support. You must provide 1. Evidence of match funding and 2. School/College or Service support.

2.1 Match funding

You must provide evidence of School/College financial support (e.g. email from Head of College/College Secretary and/or College Head of Finance). If you are applying from a service you will need to show evidence of match funding and support this can be from your section or your head of service.

2.2 Support

Services: support from your line manager and your head of service.

Arts and Humanities: Anselm Heinrich (

MVLS: Matthew Walters ( and Chris Loughrey (

Science and Engineering: Please send all IPDF for Science and Engineering to College's Global Partnership Engagement Lead: Vanessa Johnson (
To help the college process the applications please send applications by 18 September 2023. 

Social Sciences: 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.

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. Any applications that do not include evidence of School/College support and match funding support will not be considered.

The application will be reviewed by the region's Dean for Global Engagement. All applications will then be collated and ranked. For round one, the outcomes of the review will be communicated in October. 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 your school.

4. Start your IPDF activity

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).

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 to 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

Activities and examples of IPDF projects

Below are examples of the 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

Points to note:

  • Note that External Relations do not arrange travel, all applicants must arrange their own travel.
  • To ensure that as many applications as possible are funded, the IPDF will support economy class or rail travel (or related costs for support of projects). If an applicant wants to upgrade their travel then they must budget this separately, not as part of an IPDF application.
  • Applications should not exceed £10,000 (this includes match funding)
  • All applicants should refer to the University's sustainable travel guidance.
  • All bookings must be made via the University travel agency
  • 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

Existing partners will get priority.  

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.

2022/2023 progress report

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.