International Partnership Development Fund (IPDF)

The 2022/23 round of IPDF is now open.

For over ten years the International Partnership Development Fund (IPDF) has been used by University of Glasgow staff to pump prime the development of international partnerships with high-quality academic institutions and education providers worldwide.

Our International Strategy: Global Glasgow 2025 reaffirms our commitment to global connectedness and collaboration. The IPDF will help our staff continue to establish mutually beneficial international partnerships. 50% of the total annual allocation for the IPDF is for initiatives to work with the existing partners (see below).

Examples of the types of IPDF activity can be found below. Any IPDF funding bid will need to include specific objectives and measurable success metrics.

The IPDF is for University of Glasgow staff. Applications must be approved by your College International Dean to ensure that it aligns with School/College priorities. Full details on the application process for each college can be found below.


The IPDF will support 50% of costs with 50% match funding from School or College and is open for all types of international collaboration (see examples below). All IPDF applications must have match funding support as evidence of School/College or Service commitment to the application.

The maximum amount that can be requested for an individual application is £14,000 - this includes the match funding, usually this is 50% / 50% (a maximum of £7000 plus £7000 from your School/College or Service). 

Exceptional uplift

In the following areas, and to be interdisciplinary in focus where feasible, the funding may increase to 100% (each application will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis):

  • Development of articulation pathways,
  • Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) activity,
  • Summer schools and other blended/short term mobility routes.

Any applications for the strands listed above will still need to show evidence of match funding as evidence of School/College support. The applications will be assessed to see if the application is strong enough for an uplift, an uplift to 100% funding is not guaranteed.

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. 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 evidence of support for your application

All IPDF applications need to show College support.

Financial support

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 from your head of section.

College support

Arts - College International DeanScott Spurlock (

Please contact Scott if you are from Arts and need advice drafting your IPDF application form. All IPDF applicants from Arts wanting IPDF match funding should apply for funding from a central Arts budget and the completed form is reviewed by Arts before it can be submitted centrally. Arts IPDF applications will need to show support from the Arts International Dean and the Arts Head of Finance.

MVLS - College International Deans: 
Matthew Walters 
( and 
Chris Loughrey (

MVLS applicants applying for IPDF must secure any match funding from your School before submitting the application to the Deans for College approval. Therefore, MVLS applicants either need a signature or email proof from the source of the match funding. To speed up the process, it also helps to provide a School or Institute project code for any IPDF transfer.

Science and Engineering
Cristina Persano
Katherine Henderson

Science and Engineering IPDF applicants should send draft IPDF applications to Cristina and Katherine.

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. Normally the IPDF is fully match funded by the College, however if there ambiguity about the partnership work the applicant may also need to provide evidence of other internal funding, e.g. from School, the Knowledge Exchange fund, the Chancellor’s fund.

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. 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 IPDF and if applicable, its match 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 levels of IPDF support

Below are examples of the types of development projects for IPDF and approximate funding levels.

All applicants will require evidence of funding support on the application form (this includes  projects that can potentially receive more funding).

Example of activity Funding from IPDF 
Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) activity  50% (could increase to 100% depending on application)
Developing an articulation pathway 50% (could increase to 100% depending on application)
Summer schools at international partners and other blended/short term mobility routes (at all levels)  50% (could increase to 100% depending on application)
Large delegation visit to a priority or potentially new University partner (either within or cross-college) Potential for more than 50% funding
Collaborative international research opportunity at a School or College level 50%
Online collaboration with partner 50%
Incoming visits/meetings from international partners 50%
Student recruitment 50%
Staff mobility aimed at building a sustainable partnership 50%
Capacity building (professional/personal development) 50%
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) 50%

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


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 £7000.
  • 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:

Examples of the type of projects funded by IPDF

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.

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.