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Curriculum Development Award



These awards support faculty who are interested in adding global content to existing courses that have little or no such content; adding comparative cases to courses that are currently area specific; or developing new courses with significant global content.

Note: CGI is spearheading a major pan-university effort to significantly increase the number of traditionally underrepresented students who have access to global opportunities. This effort seeks to open access to students regardless of their academic discipline, age, disabilities, educational or family background, gender identity, racial or ethnic identity, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status. 

We, therefore, prioritize proposals that make an effort to reach diverse students with global content. We seek proposals that add global content to existing courses that reach students who are traditionally under-represented in globally-oriented courses. We also seek proposals that suggest ways to attract such students into courses with global content.

You can learn more about our Opening Access and Breaking Barriers Initiative.


Faculty of any rank are eligible to apply.  Proposed courses may be at the graduate or undergraduate level and in any department, curriculum, or school.


  • Awards can be requested to support stipends, supplies, travel reimbursements or a combination of the three (NOTE: Stipends are subject to taxes)
  • Travel is contingent upon the approval of the U.S. Department of Education and must conform to the Fly America Act, which requires traveling as far as possible on a U.S. carrier
  • Due to our Federal Grant cycle, all travel must commence before August 14, 2015
  • Funds may not be used to support student/research/teaching assistants
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered

Available Funding

Estimated Available Funds: $20,000
Typical Range of Awards: $2,500 - $4,000
Typical Number of Awards: 6
Typical Number of Applicants: 20
Project Period for New Awards: Up to 12 months after the submission deadline

The Center for Global Initiatives is not bound by these estimates and is often unable to award the full amount of funds requested.

Evaluation of Applicants

Reviewers assign points to each application based on the following rubric:

Feasibility and Planning (max. 10 points)
  • Are the plans for developing and publicizing the course(s) adequate and appropriate for providing global content to targeted populations?
  • How will the proposed course(s) significantly increase the number of traditionally underrepresented students who have access to global course content.
Need and Importance (max. 10 points)
  • Why is there a clear need for the applicant to receive this award in order to develop this course?
  • Does the department or school have a low level of courses with global content for targeted populations?
Impact (max. 10 points)
  • Will the course(s) affect a large numbers of targeted students?
  • Is the course regularly taught?
  • Is the course required?
  • Will more than one course be affected?
Budget (max. 5 points)
  • Is the budget clear, adequate, reasonable, and justified?

Notification of Award

Applicants will receive award or rejection notices 4-6 weeks after the deadline via email. Please do not contact the Center for Global Initiatives to inquire about the status of your application during this time frame. However, If you have not received a notice 8 weeks after the application deadline, please inform us.

Reporting Requirements

If you receive this award, you will be required to submit a final report at the end of your project using the Center for Global Initiative’s Online Reporting System. This system collects narratives and data about funded projects to enable the Center to determine whether its programmatic purposes are being met.

Awardees are also required to enter or update their brief biographical sketch in UNC's Faculty International Expertise database.

Application Instructions

Please submit your application via the online application form before the deadline.

The major parts of the application are:

  • Short answer questions & timeline
  • Abbreviated C.V.
  • Detailed budget
  • Electronic recommendation form from your dean or chair
  • Proposed syllabus (optional)

Contact Information

Niklaus Steiner
Director, Center for Global Initiatives

We are pleased to be able to make Curriculum Development awards through The Global Education Fund, which supports UNC’s top global priorities. 

For more information about The Global Education Fund, or to make a gift, please click here.