The European region includes the members of the European Union, the United Kingdom, Eastern Europe until the Ural and Caucasus mountains, including Turkey, and to the south until the Mediterranean Sea.

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Get in Touch with the Regional Lead

Csilla Volford is the regional lead for Europe. She is a resource for the Queen's community seeking international collaborations. This includes partnership development, agreements and contracts, connecting to regional networks and funding sources, and coordinating incoming diplomatic delegations or university wide visits.

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Partnership Highlights

Regional Funding Opportunities

Queen’s is a member of the ACU, the oldest international network of universities (400+ members across 40 commonwealth countries).

Opportunities for Staff and Faculty

  • ACU Fellowships facilitate learning, collaboration, and new partnerships – offering academics and professional staff up to 5000 GBP towards research visits up to six months at ACU member universities.
  • ACU Grants enable universities to develop research, train staff, and build connections.
  • Many of these opportunities look favourably on collaborative proposals with other ACU universities, including those in Europe.

Opportunities for Students

  • ACU Summer School Grants: hosted in a different country each year, the ACU provides funding for students from every corner of the Commonwealth to discuss multidisciplinary issues of global importance.
  • ACU has a number of Scholarships and Fellowships for students.

When are these opportunities open?

Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe

  • It has an estimated budget of €26.2 billion.
  • The 2021-2027 programme places a strong focus on social inclusion, the green and digital transitions, and promoting young people’s participation in democratic life.

Erasmus+ offers mobility and cooperation opportunities in

  • higher education
  • vocational education and training
  • school education (including early childhood education and care)
  • adult education
  • youth
  • sport

Ways to get involved:

  • Contact Csilla Volford in the Office of the Vice-Provost, Global Engagement for information. Please note that Canadian researchers must have a collaborating institution in Europe to apply. 

Link: Website

The DFG has a wide range of possibilities to support researchers in Germany and at German research institutions abroad in engaging in international cooperation.

Opportunity Summary

  • In principle, researchers at a German institution (both in Germany and abroad) can submit funding proposals with researchers in any country at any time, in any subject area and with no limitation as to the specific topic.
  • As a rule, the DFG funds the part of the project that is located in Germany.
  • Complementary financing of the foreign part of the project can be provided by the partner or another funding organisation, the respective university or a non-university institution or an alternative funding source. In addition, there are specific funding opportunities in cooperation with individual countries: these may require a subject specific focus or application deadlines, for example.
  • It is also possible to integrate international researchers in an existing research project.
  • In contrast to some foreign funding organisations, the DFG does not provide special funding for international cooperation projects. This means that proposals for funding of international project collaborations compete with all other proposals under the respective DFG procedure.

When do these opportunities open?

  • Throughout the year.

Link: Website

This programme serves to establish collaborative relationships between international partners. 

Opportunity Summary

  • Researchers can explore opportunities for international collaboration or prepare a concrete joint research project.
  • The programme funds bilateral workshops, trips abroad and guest visits.
  • Applications can be submitted to the DFG at any time. There is a special online application portal for this purpose.
  • You will find information about the application procedure on the programme website (see link below).
  • Queen’s researchers must be invited by a Germany researcher, holding a doctorate and working at a German research institution. 

When do these opportunities open?

  • See below.

Link: Website

Horizon Europe is the European Commission's (EC's) latest research and innovation framework program. With a budget of €95.5 billion over seven years (2021 to 2027), it is the largest research and innovation funding program in the world.

Opportunity Summary

  • Canadian researchers are now eligible to apply for and receive Horizon Europe Pillar II funding. The primary focus of Pillar II is on shared global challenges: climate, energy, digital economy, and health.

When do these opportunities open?

  • Open now

Learn more:

Mitacs is a nonprofit Canadian research organization that, in partnerships with academia, industry and government, operates research and training programs in fields related to industrial and social innovation.

Highlighted Opportunities

  • For Queen’s Students - Globalink Research Award (GRA): Open to full time senior undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows from Canada. Candidates are provided $6,000 to undertake 12-24 week projects with a home supervisor and a host supervisor in the other country. France, Germany, and Ukraine are eligible countries in Europe. – Learn More
  • For Queen’s Faculty Members - Globalink Research Internship (GRI): Open to undergraduate students in France, Germany, and Ukraine for 12-week internships associated with research projects hosted by Canadian academic institution faculty members. Students receive funding to cover roundtrip airfare, housing, food, and insurance. Queen’s faculty members submit their project details to Mitacs. International students then submit applications and select research projects – Learn More

When are these opportunities open?

  • Mitacs GRA – GRA Applications are submitted by home supervisor at the start of the year for either an April or June start date.
  • Mitacs GRI: GRI Projects typically take place between May and July. Faculty Members typically submit upcoming research projects in February, international students select research projects in October. 


NordForsk is an organisation under the Nordic Council of Ministers that provides funding for and facilitates Nordic cooperation on research.

NordForsk is planning two upcoming calls for proposals:

  • Nordic capacity-building and knowledge-sharing networks for researchers working with research relevant to Indigenous peoples.
  • Research projects on Sustainable Development of the Arctic. The plan is to open the call March 2024.

When do these opportunities open?

  • Expected date: March 2024


The Pathy Foundation Fellowship is an intensive 12-month experiential learning opportunity for graduating students to lead a self-directed community-focused project in a community they have a meaningful connection with, anywhere in the world.

Opportunity Summary

  • Individuals must propose an innovative idea to strengthen or develop a community; or have a connection with a positive and sustainable community development initiative in any field already underway within a community that they would like to build upon in an innovative way.
  • Successful candidates will receive up to $40,000 CAD to assist with living allowances, travel expenses, and initiative funding.
  • Open to full time undergraduate or masters students in the final year of their program.

When do these opportunities open?

  • Annually - open in September, due in January.


The Principal's Teaching and Learning Awards celebrate teaching excellence and the diverse ways in which educators and educational supports enhance the student learning experience at Queen’s.

Opportunity Summary

  • The Principal’s Globally Engaged Education Innovation Award honours the outstanding efforts of an individual or a team of students, staff and/or faculty (in any combination) who innovatively internationalize a course or program of teaching and learning, by embedding global content, perspectives and dimensions into the course or program, whether on campus or as part of a field program.
  • Any member of the Queen's community can initiate a nomination, self-nominations are also allowed.

Award recipients will:

  • be presented with the award at the annual Teaching Awards Reception;
  • receive a $2000 award to be used at their discretion and;
  • be featured in international Queen’s communications stories.

When do these opportunities open?

  • Open in September, Close in January


Study in Canada Scholarships aim to increase opportunities for Canadian post-secondary institutions to welcome international students from a wide range of countries and territories on short-term exchanges for study or research.


  • To be eligible, you must be:

    • a citizen of an eligible country/territory

      • Students from Europe: Türkiye, Ukraine
    • a student enrolled full-time at a post-secondary institution in an eligible country/territory
    • paying tuition fees to that institution at the time of application and for the full duration of your exchange

When do these opportunities open?

  • Start of the year


The Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills announces up to NOK 90 million in funding to educational partnerships between higher education institutions in Norway and Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, and the United States of America (USA).

Opportunity Summary

The overall aim of UTFORSK is to contribute to enhanced quality and relevance of higher education in Norway and in the prioritised partner countries, preparing candidates to address local and global societal challenges.

The purpose of this call is to fund projects that aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Strengthened institutional partnerships for education between Norway and prioritised partner countries.
  • Sustained student mobility between Norway and the partner countries. 
  • Increased integration between higher education, research and working life within the institutional partnerships.
  • Enhanced international learning environment for students through collaborative initiatives with project partners.

When do these opportunities open?

  • Currently open, deadline is April 15, 2024

Link: UTFORSK 2024 Website

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