In order to enrich the flow of ideas among students, the Center for Global Initiatives is pleased to fund Student Learning Circles. These circles receive funding for an academic year to support activities such as speaker series, brown bags, workshops, publications, film screenings, and service-learning projects. In addition to promoting the academic work of students, the goal of these Student Learning Circles is also to deepen the work of the Center. We therefore expect students involved in these circles to become active members of our community.
Eligibility and Restrictions
- The Student Learning Circle's activities must be on campus or in the surrounding community and have a strong global theme or connection to a global topic.
- Any enrolled graduate or undergraduate student is eligible to propose a Student Learning Circle.
- The circle’s core members must represent at least 4 different departments or schools. We prefer the circles to be a mix of graduate and undergraduate students.
- Each circle must find a faculty member who can serve as an advisor.
- Priority will be given to proposals that open access to global opportunities for underrepresented populations.
- All awards granted during the 2013-2014 academic year must be expended by May 31st 2014. For activity with a later start date, please hold your application until awards reopen next academic year.
- PLEASE NOTE: No funds may be used to pay a student or member of the group.
Learning Circles receive up to $1,000, of which a maximum of $250 may be used for food.
Evaluation of Applicants
Reviewers assign points to each application based on the following rubric:
- Feasibility and Planning (max. 5 points)
Are the plans for this Circle adequate and appropriate to achieve its short- and long-term goals?
Is the proposal specific and well-written?
- Need and Importance (max. 5 points)
Is there a clear need for the applicants to receive this award in order to conduct this work?
What is the nature and importance of the proposed Circle to the field?
- Impact (max. 5 points)
Will the Circle provide academic and professional development for its members?
What is the interdisciplinary nature of the Circle's members?
Will UNC-Chapel Hill benefit from this circle?
- Budget (max. 5 points)
Is the budget clear, adequate, reasonable, and justified?
Notification of Award
Applicants will receive award or rejection notices via email 1-2 weeks after submitting an application. 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 3 weeks after you submit your application, please inform us.
If you receive this award, you will be required to collect and submit PIDs of campus members attending supported events, and submit a final report using the Center for Global Initiatives' 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.
The online application includes specific instructions.
Program Assistant, Center for Global Initiatives
Director, Center for Global Initiatives