Faculty Ambassador Program

Engaging Faculty and Making Global Connections

The Global Affairs Faculty Ambassador program connects UC Davis faculty with partner institutions, alumni and supporters around the world. This is a new opportunity for faculty already planning international travel to extend their stay and, ultimately, be ambassadors for UC Davis—increasing the visibility of our international story and creating meaningful connections worldwide.

The Faculty Ambassador program strengthens existing partnerships, opens doors for new connections, and fosters research, academic, and professional opportunities.

More About the Program

Global Affairs works with Faculty Ambassadors to arrange and prepare a series of events in their destination cities. Ambassadors are provided with pertinent information about UC Davis, briefed on institutions to be visited, and will receive items for gifts as needed.

International visits create opportunities for faculty to share their knowledge and form connections for future collaborations. Ambassador activities may include but are not limited to:

  • Presenting a public lecture or seminar at the partner institutions
  • Meeting with current or future university partners
  • Hosting a reception with a local alumni chapter
  • Visiting with funding agencies
  • Meeting with U.S. organizations and agencies
  • Visiting with parents of UC Davis students

How to Become a UC Davis Faculty Ambassador


UC Davis (including UC Davis Health) Academic Senate and Academic Federation members who have been employed with UC Davis for a minimum of 12 months prior to their travel may apply to be Faculty Ambassadors. You may not receive reimbursement for Faculty Ambassador service more than once per 12-month period.

Application Details

Eligible faculty are encouraged to submit the Faculty Ambassador Application in the early stages of planning their international travel, prior to finalizing airline tickets.

If accepted, Faculty Ambassadors will plan their itinerary to include an extra night or two of accommodations, depending on number and schedule of events, working with Global Affairs on event arrangements.

Important Dates

For Travel Originating  

Faculty Ambassador Season

Application Deadline

January 1 - March 15, 2018

Winter 2018

December 1, 2017

March 16 - May 31, 2018

Spring 2018

February 16, 2018

June 1 - August 31, 2018

Summer 2018

May 1, 2018

September 1 - October 15, 2018

Early Fall 2018

August 1, 2018

October 16 - December 31, 2018

Late Fall 2018

September 16, 2018

Funding Details

Typically, reimbursements cover one to two nights of hotel and one to two days of meals and incidental expenses, depending on the schedule and number of ambassador activities planned. Please note: Faculty Ambassador reimbursements never cover airfare, airline fees, or conference registration fees.


To receive the reimbursement, Faculty Ambassadors need to provide receipts and report on the results of their activities within four weeks of returning from travel. Global Affairs will provide reporting templates, which will emphasize key information, photographs, and useful feedback, rather than length or formality. Such information is critical for Global Affairs in solidifying formal partnerships and in identifying and following-up on important action items.

Contact Information

For questions, please contact:

Nathan Camp
International Training and Education Outreach Manager
Global Affairs
(530) 752-4785