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Grants

The mission of the Center for International Studies (CIS) is to advance global research at the University of Virginia with an emphasis on multidisciplinary and cross-University efforts. To this effort, the Center administers several types of grants to UVa faculty that strengthen global research and learning at UVa Applications will be accepted twice for the academic year.

The fall grant application period has ended and requests are now under review. Recipients will be contacted directly.

The applications most likely to be funded will have:

  1. a global focus that identifies important questions and effective ways to answer them.
  2. multidisciplinary participation from across schools or departments, local or international.
  3. co-sponsorship from other units.
  4. a clear product or outcome (see grant categories below).
  5. first-time CIS sponsorship status for applicant.
  6. time-line for follow-up report to be submitted at the conclusion of the project or program

As funds are spent, reimbursement must be requested within 30 day of expenditure; absolute deadline is June 1st, 2014. No extensions will be given.

University Research Initiatives and Working Groups

This category includes two types of grants.

  1. University-wide research groups on aspects of global studies. These groups are collaborative research project with focus on inter-disciplinary aspect on topics that transcend boundaries, with the aim of advancing original research (up to $15,000).
  2. Conferences, lectures series, virtual conferences relevant to the mission of the Center (up to $10,000).

Expected outcomes from these grants might include publications, external grant applications, or other scholarly, learning, or policy products.

Visiting Faculty/Scholars

Visiting Faculty/Scholars Grants bring distinguished scholars and practitioners to the Grounds. Visiting scholars, drawn from all disciplines, will contribute to the promotion of research and learning through University lectures, class visits and other academic activities. The Center will consider co-sponsorship to bring eminent scholars for periods ranging from multi-day to semester-long visits to the University.

Faculty sponsors will indicate their academic unit's financial and logistic support. Center support for short-term visitors will likely not exceed $2500 and must be in accordance with the University's policy on visiting faculty and scholars. To request longer-term visitors, please contact the Center with a budget appropriate to the time in residence. Prior to applying please contact the J1 advisor at International Studies Office to determine timing and visa requirements.

Visiting faculty/scholar grant sponsors must provide by the end of the term of the visit a report on the activities and impact of the visitor.

Seminar Series

Faculty are encouraged to design semester-long public seminar series' (4-6 in the series) focused on international topics. Funding may range up to $2,500 if an expert is brought to Grounds.

Global Content

Global Content grants provide assistance for either a) developing new courses with a significant international/global perspective, or b) reinvigorating existing courses by adding comparative or international perspectives. Preference will be given to new courses taught by instructors who have not previously offered courses with international content or to instructors who are adding international content to existing courses that did not previously have any international content. These revised or new courses must be taught at least twice. Recipients of grants must submit, by the first day of the following semester after the course is taught, a brief report which assesses the impact of the project (including student evaluations) and detail of plans to offer the course again. The best proposals will indicate how the course will have an enduring influence on the curriculum, not only in the course year under consideration but in future years as well. Recipients of grants will participate in an ongoing assessment to further develop methods and outcomes. Recipients will also have access to mentors and information on best practices for adding global content.

  • Amount: Grant amounts will vary according to the scope of the new content but will likely not exceed $5000.
  • Use of Funds: Grants might be used for RA support, materials, technology, or a modest stipend for extra work needed to make a particular global content or global classroom proposal work.
  • Example #1 from Michael Levenson
  • Example #2 from Michael Levenson

Global Classroom

Global Classroom grants provide assistance to encourage collaborative learning with partner classes abroad that bring a different geographical and societal background to the questions and topics being examined. This collaboration might involve students (undergraduate or graduate) cooperating virtually on shared projects, the linking of classroom discussions through CISCO equipped classrooms and other forms of joint instruction and learning. Several professors at the University have adopted a global classroom approach and will conduct a training class on their experience. Recipients of grants will participate in an ongoing assessment to further develop methods and outcomes.

  • Amount: Grant amounts will vary according to the scope of the new content but will likely not exceed $5000.
  • Use of Funds: Grants might be used for RA support, materials, technology, or a modest stipend for extra work needed to make a particular global content or global classroom proposal work.
  • Example #1 from Stephanie Moore
  • Example #2 from Stephanie Moore
  • Example #3 from Stephanie Moore:
    • Moore, S., May, D., and Wold, K. (2012). Developing cultural competency in engineering through transnational distance learning. In Transnational Distance Education and Building New Markets for Universities, R. Hogan, Ed., pp. 210-228.

Individual Research

The Center recognizes the need to fund individual scholarly pursuits and will offer up to $1,500 in matching funds for projects related to scholarly pubs/products, or grants leading to them, in an internationally related endeavor. An additional $500 may be available for including graduate and/or undergraduate researchers in the project.

Graduate Student Research

Graduate students are invited to apply for funding of up to $1,000 for research projects that involve an international topic and conforms to the mission of the Center.