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Student Learning Circles

Applications Accepted: Rolling deadline until March 13, 2016


In order to enrich the flow of ideas among students, CGI 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.
  • All awards granted during the academic year must be expended by May 31st.  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.

Available Funding

Learning Circles receive up to $1,000, none of which may be used for food.

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.

Reporting Requirements

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.

Application Instructions

The online application includes specific instructions.

Contact Information

Niklaus Steiner Director, Center for Global Initiatives


CGI aims to significantly increase the number of traditionally underrepresented students who have access to and benefit from global opportunities. As such, we actively encourage applications from these populations.  

Learning Circles work on a range of topics, including:

  • Social Networking on Global Opportunities
  • Greek Financial Crisis
  • Local Refugee Issues
  • Muslim Societies During Decolonization
  • Engineers Without Borders
  • Global Health and Infectious Diseases
  • Israel/Palestine Conflict
  • Mental Health in East Africa
  • Latino Migration to North Carolina