International Visitors Program

Principal's Development Fund

This Program aims to enrich the international dimensions of the university, both within our classrooms and within our research environment, by providing subsidies for international travel of scholars to Queen's and scholars and staff from Queen's.


Important Update to Principal's Development Fund: Category 1

April 16, 2020

The Office of the Associate Vice-Principal (International) has made the decision to postpone the deadline for applications to Category 1 of the Principal’s Development Fund until further notice.

The purpose of Category 1: International Visiting Scholars is to invite outstanding scholars from outside of Canada to Queen’s to engage in meaningful interaction with students. As you will understand, we are not currently in a position to be able to guarantee when such meaningful interaction will be able to resume on campus. Moreover, international travel is at present severely restricted. To invite applications when there is still a great deal of uncertainty as to whether any proposed activities could actually take place is not appropriate right now.

By revising the timeline, we hope that applicants will be able to develop their proposals with a greater degree of security and assuredness at a later date, knowing that their proposals are viable within the revised time frame of the funds offered.

We are looking forward to welcoming applications at a later date. Please watch this space for more information.

Thank you for your patience and understanding,

Sandra den Otter
Associate Vice-Principal (Research & International)


1. International Visiting Scholars (Open Competition including Partner Institutions of the Matariki Network of Universities*)

Funds are intended to assist all faculty in Departments, Faculties and Schools in bringing to Queen’s outstanding scholars from outside of Canada, including from within the Matariki Network of Universities (MNU). Visits supported by the Fund must involve significant interaction with students. Visits must extend over no fewer than three working days on campus.

Please review the Terms of Reference above for more information.

Competition postponed. Deadline date to be confirmed.


2. Queen’s Visitors to Partner Institutions of the Matariki Network of Universities*

Funds are intended to support initiatives that build new collaborations and broaden Queen’s partnerships with institutions in the Matariki Network of Universities (listed below). The Program provides seed funding to help initiate a research, academic, or administrative collaboration; attend a workshop, colloquium or forum, or any other activity intended to enhance scholarly activity or the student learning experience.

Please review the Terms of Reference above for more information.

For a preview of the Category 2 application questions, please click here.

Application form

Competition open. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

* Partner Institutions of the Matariki Network of Universities:

    Australia: University of Western Australia, Perth
    Germany: Tübingen University, Tübingen
    New Zealand: University of Otago, Dunedin
    Sweden: Uppsala University, Uppsala
    United Kingdom: Durham University, Durham
    United States: Dartmouth College, Hanover


Contact: Tom Collier
Coordinator, International Projects and Events
Office of the Associate Vice-Principal (International)
Ext. 75793