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Grant amounts: 5,000 to 15,000 US Dollars

Number of grants to be awarded: 25 or more

Please note that the application period has ended and applications are no longer being accepted. Please stay tuned for further announcements. 

The Talloires Network Leaders Conference (TNLC2021) will bring together hundreds of leaders in higher education and civic responsibility to share ideas, build momentum, and create a more equitable and just future. University presidents, vice-chancellor, rectors, faculty, student leaders, and community partners from around the world will meet virtually from 30 September through 3 October. Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life and Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics will jointly host TNLC2021. Both Harvard and Tufts have deep connections to the Talloires Network and share a vision of a global higher education system that engages all students in their communities and promotes the power of young people to change the world. The theme of this year’s gathering is “Global Universities, Local Impact: Power and Responsibility of Engaged Universities.”

This is the fifth global conference since the Network’s founding in 2005. This year’s conference is expected to draw participants virtually from all regions of the world. Through workshops and plenary sessions, the conference will explore how universities can contribute to a healthier, safer and more sustainable world; how to assess that impact; and how to strengthen it. Together, participants will engage in critical reflection and dialogue, exchange ideas and collaborate on strategic planning efforts.

To expand access and participation of university heads, administrators, faculty, staff, students and community partners in under-resourced countries and/or institutions in the conference, the Network is providing Grants for Engaged Universities.

The Talloires Network member universities and network partners who receive a grant are expected to use the money to cover the costs associated with organizing and hosting small groups of university students, staff, faculty, administrators and community partners on campus and facilitating the group’s participation in TNLC2021. Grantees will be expected to ensure that local participants have registered for the conference online and are able to gather together safely on campus (e.g., by providing personal protective and other equipment). Other eligible expenses for engaged universities include local transportation to/from the university campus, lodging near campus, meals on or near campus, virtual conference services (e.g., internet access), simultaneous translation services, and university staff salaries for hosting the local gathering. Non-eligible costs include books, office equipment, office furniture, and gifts.

All Talloires Network member universities and/or network partners are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to university members and regional partners in Latin America, Asia Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Arab regions.


  • Announcement and outreach, April – May 2021
  • Information Session, May 26 2021
  • Applications due, May 31 2021
  • Selection committee meeting, June 2021
  • Grant announcements, June 2021
  • Grant disbursements, July and August 2021
  • Participation in TNLC2021, September and October 2021

Selection Criteria:

  • Host university qualifies as a TN member university or a network partner
  • Potential for improving the breadth and inclusiveness of representation of Network members
  • Host university’s demonstrated commitment to, and accomplishment in, university civic engagement
  • Proposed use of grant dollars to support conference participation
  • Potential to yield new learnings relevant to Network members

You may find a sample budget here. We also encourage you to view a recording of our recent information session here.

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