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Faculty Working Groups

Applications Open: September 3, 2014 - May 15, 2015


To foster innovative and interdisciplinary research, the Center for Global Initiatives is pleased to fund faculty working groups. These groups meet regularly to critique scholarly works, host visiting speakers, organize conferences, develop grant proposals, and embed research into the curriculum.

Eligibility and Restrictions

  • Any tenured or tenure track faculty member is eligible to propose a faculty working group. 
  • We require that the group’s core members represent at least 3 different departments or schools. 
  • Priority will be given to proposals that open access to global opportunities for underrepresented populations.
  • All awards granted during the 2014-2015 academic year must be expended by May 31st 2015.  For activity with a later start date, please hold your application until awards reopen next academic year.

Available Funding

The Center for Global Initiatives provides each group with $3,000 for one academic year with the possibility of renewal.  And no more than $250 of the awarded amount can be used for food or catering.

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 working group 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 importance of the proposed group to the field?
Impact (max. 5 points)
  • Will participation in this working group provide clear professional benefits for its members?
  • What is the interdisciplinary nature of the group's core faculty members?
  • Will UNC-Chapel Hill benefit from this working group?
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.

Reporting Requirements

If you receive this award, you will be required to 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.

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

Application Instructions

The online application includes specific instructions.

Contact Information

Bevin Tighe
Program Assistant, Center for Global Initiatives

Niklaus Steiner

Director, Center for Global Initiatives

Faculty Working Groups engage an array of topics such as:

  • Triangle Japan Forum
  • The Social and Economic Costs of 287(g) in North Carolina
  • (Re)thinking Engagement and Activism in Research
  • Regional Economic Development
  • Humanities in the Global American South
  • Population, Health, and the Environment in the Galapagos Islands
  • Contemporary Islamic Thinkers