Faculty Funding

European Union Center’s Call for Grant Applications

The European Union Center (EU Center) at the University of Illinois invites Illinois faculty, departments and units to submit proposals in anticipation of a forthcoming broader institutional call for proposals in early 2022 from the US Department of Education Title VI area studies program.

As part of the EU Center’s larger and integrated proposal, the center is interested in funding initiatives from all fields of study that support research, teaching, and outreach activities that contribute to new ways of understanding Europe; the peoples, cultures, and languages that form Europe; the EU and the economic and scientific activities that take place there; and international affairs with a European dimension in time and space.

The funding period for this grant is expected to be August 15, 2022 - August 14, 2026. In past cycles, the Department of Education has awarded the EU Center up to $2 million to cover program expenses in support of research, teaching, outreach, and language fellowships and training. The center may be able to offer multiple grants to support faculty and unit projects, from small yearly grants to larger multi-year and more complex ones.

More information can be found here and and on the EU Center’s application form.

Proposals must be received by October 1, 2021 for full consideration. Project leaders of applications selected for inclusion in the EU Center’s Title VI NRC proposals will be notified by no later than November 1, 2021.

For further guidance, questions, or exploratory conversations please contact Emanuel Rota, Director, EU Center (rota@illinois.edu) or Jonathan Larson, Associate Director, EU Center (larsonjl@illinois.edu).

Below are examples of CfPs from previous years:

For UI Faculty:

Research Assistant Support CfP [pdf]

Above is the CfP for a grant to hire a Summer 2021 research assistant.

Travel Grant CfP [pdf]

Above is the CfP for the travel grant from Spring 2020.

Course Development Grant CfP [pdf]

This grant is typically issued annually. Above is an example of the CfP for the course development grant from previous years.


For UI College of Education Faculty:

Here are examples of grants offered for the UI College of Education faculty from previous years.

Course Development Grant CfP [pdf]

Event Programming Grant CfP [pdf]


For Regional Faculty Colleagues at Community Colleges (CC) & Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) in the Midwest:

Here are examples of grants offered for Faculty Colleagues at Community Colleges and MSIs in the Midwest from previous years:

Course Development Grant CfP [pdf]

Travel Grant CfP [pdf]

Event Programming Grant CfP [pdf]


The previous Grant application form (for all grants) can be found here [pdf]

For any questions, please email eucenter@illinois.edu.