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Global Fellows Program

Important note: GlobalVU Initiative programs have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we remain strongly committed to continued development once it becomes safe to travel again. 

Program Overview

The Global Fellows Program offers co-investment funds to bring distinguished guests to campus. The main goal of the program is to substantively contribute to faculty and student research, scholarship and creative projects by providing opportunities for scholars, authors, artists, politicians and various other leading intellectual figures to engage with the Vanderbilt community during their time on campus and beyond.

Academic units (departments, centers, institutes and programs) from all provost-reporting schools and colleges that either have visiting fellow programs, or that would like to bring someone to campus for an extended stay and special engagement, may apply for funding through the program. Funds may support a variety of costs associated with hosting a visitor such as costs for housing, accommodations and incidentals. Applicants should detail the full cost of the visit, how much is being provided by the unit and how much is being requested.

Ideas big and small welcome! Have an idea of someone to bring to campus but not sure how to get the ball rolling? Submit your ideas, no matter how preliminary or exploratory, to the GlobalVU Initiative team. Someone will reach out to discuss the possibilities.

Once complete, the 20-story West End Tower connected to Nicholas S. Zeppos Residential College will include guest apartments to house the Global Fellows as well as meeting space. The location of the apartments within the residential college system creates opportunities for the fellows to interact with students. The West End Tower is projected to open in summer 2021. In the meantime, residential college guest apartments or local hotels will be used to house visiting fellows.


Reports made by the Chancellor’s Humanities Committee, the International Strategy Working Group, Graduate Education and Research Endowment Committee and the Vanderbilt University Research Council all call for bringing more scholars and distinguished guests to Vanderbilt. The Global Fellows Program was conceptualized based on this need. The hope is that the Global Fellows Program will extend the reach of existing recruitment programming and will encourage the creation of additional visiting fellows programs through the availability of co-investment funding. By engaging a diversified contingent of renowned visitors, fellows will also hopefully serve as informal ambassadors for Vanderbilt at their home institutions around the country and world.

Global Fellows Application Guidelines

  1. All full-time, VU-employed (Provost-reporting) academic units are eligible to apply for co-investment for a global fellow.
  2. Funds may support a variety of costs associated with hosting a visitor on campus such as housing accommodations, travel, meal plans, honoraria and other incidentals.
  3. Awards are co-investments. As a result, all institutional support funds from departments, schools, program, institutes etc. should be noted in the application form.
  4. For accounting purposes, applications should note the anticipated dates of the planned visit.
  5. Funds may not be used to support salary and/or effort.

Nomination materials should be submitted via the InfoReady portal and funding awards will be announced on a rolling monthly basis.

Questions? Please email

Global Fellows Application Components

  • Applicant First Name
  • Applicant Last Name
  • Applicant’s Academic Unit
  • Applicant’s Title
  • Applicant’s VUnetID
  • VU Faculty Co-applicants
    • Identify any Co-applicants
  • Proposal Title – name of fellow to be brought to campus
  • Fellow position title/appointment
  • Fellow home institution/company/association
  • Anticipated arrival date
  • Anticipated departure date
  • Length of stay (number of days, weeks, months etc.)
  • Describe why the individual is an ideal candidate for the Global Fellows Program (300 words)
  • Overview of proposed visit (200 words)
  • Identify goals of fellow’s stay and how impact will be measured (300 words)
  • Primary sponsoring unit (department, center, institute or program)
  • Institutional support
    • Please note all support funds being contributed by departments, schools, programs, centers, institutes etc.
  • Co-investment funding request
  • Upload Fellow’s CV
  • Upload of campus support letter
    • To come from departments, schools, programs, centers, institutes etc. Letter should address the support offered by an on-campus entity outside of the Global Fellows Program. The letter should address any events or activities being planned and sponsored as well as any funding being contributed to the fellow’s visit.
  • Upload itemized budget

Approved Fund Uses



Meal plan*

Housing accommodations

* To encourage engagement with the Vanderbilt community, you may wish to provide a meal plan that consists of three meals per day that can be applied to any on-campus dining locale and ~30 off-campus restaurants.

Funding for any additional costs associated with the fellowship will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.