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Faculty & Staff Resources

We encourage faculty and staff working to engage in all areas of global health.  Check out the information on this page that includes travel health and safety, funding opportunities, as well as film and print resources. 

Travel health and safety

We recommend using the CIA World Factbook to get acquainted with where you’ll be working, and to check out relevant risks using Penn’s international travel safety guidance and the CDC’s info on traveler’s health.

If you are leaving the country for work or study, you must register with the University’s Global Activities Registry (GAR). Once registered with GAR, you’ll have no-fee insurance for travel related to academics, research, or business through Penn’s International SOS.

Penn’s GAR and associated travel insurance is provided to Penn faculty and staff while on Penn-affiliated travel.  International Risk Management at Penn asks that you refrain from entering personal/leisure travel in GAR unless it is directly tied to a Penn-affiliated trip.  However, for we recommend that you register International SOS and/or STEP to receive ongoing travel alerts during leisure trips.  

International SOS (using Penn Portal to subscribe to free alerts – no travel insurance included)

  • Visit the Penn-ISOS Portal to receive free travel advisories and updates
  • Click on “email alerts” on the left
  • Enter your name and email address where you would like the advisories sent
  • Select the country and type of alert in the drop down boxes

STEP:  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (U.S. Department of State)

  • Visit the STEP Website to receive travel alerts, warnings, and evacuation notices
  • Click on “Travelers”
  • Follow prompts to report your upcoming travel destination and travel dates

*Non-US Citizens may still subscribe to STEP and receive alerts but will not report dates of travel.  Non-US citizens must unsubscribe following the steps above to discontinue receiving alerts.

Funding opportunities

Search the USAID database for international research and work funding sources.

The NIH Fogarty International Center also has funds available to help those conducting global health research. 

Global Engagement Fund: Penn’s Global Engagement Fund (GEF) offers awards of up to $40,000 through an annual Call for Proposals (typically in early February and due in mid to late March). Additonally, eligible applicants can apply for funding at any time during the year via the GEF Investigator-Initiated Program

China Research & Engagement Fund:  Penn’s China Research & Engagement Fund (CREF), provides award amounts at a minimum of $25,000; there is no maximum award size. Call for proposals is typically early February and due mid-April.  


Our Global Health Library includes books, films, and journals for checkout, located in the Global Health Affairs Office, room 454.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Contact the Global Health Affairs Office at 215-573-3050, or