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African Studies Center, UNC-CH Title VI Center

The staff and programs of the African Studies Center work to provide the University and the people of North Carolina with a campus hub for interdisciplinary inquiry and communication on Africa, including the sponsorship of a wide variety of activities that bring together interested faculty and students from a large number of academic disciplines, focusing on the interconnected issues of political change, expressive culture, gender, sustainability, health and Islam.

Faculty Research Awards

With these funds, the ASC supports faculty who are interested in initiating new research in Africa. Awards (Word) will be in the range of $2000 to $4000. Special consideration will be given to proposals that 1) are from faculty who have not previously conducted research in Africa, 2) seek top off funds for grants received.

Faculty Conference Travel Awards

Modest ASC funding is available for faculty conference travel (Word). These funds are awarded on a first-come basis, and priority is given (but not limited) to paper presentations.

Conference Presentation Awards

These awards offer modest support to faculty and staff who are presenting scholarly work at major conferences abroad. These awards must be matched by your department, school or unit.

Speaker Funds

The ASC offers limited funds (Word) help bring Africanist speakers and presenters to campus and to North Carolina communities. The ASC welcomes collaboration and cooperation with other campus organizations. We are interested in hearing your ideas for events and speakers.

Carolina Asia Center, UNC-CH Title VI Center

The Carolina Asia Center is the University of North Carolina’s flagship organization for Asia-related activities. In 2014, it became the first Title VI-funded pan-Asia National Resource Center in the southeast United States.

Cource Development Grants for UNC Faculty

The Carolina Asia Center awards course development grants up to $1,500 to selected UNC-Chapel Hill faculty who are interested in adding Asia-related content to existing courses or developing new courses with Asia-related content. Open to faculty in all schools and departments across campus, this grant enriches global education at UNC-Chapel Hill. The maximum grant amount is $1,500 per academic year. Any UNC-Chapel Hill faculty of any rank who teaches at least two courses is eligible to apply.

Jimmy and Judy Cox Asia Initiative Awards

Funding faculty travel to East, South and Southeast Asia is essential for expanding Asia-related research and course offerings at UNC. To that end, the Jimmy and Judy Cox Asia Initiative Awards fund travel to Asia for selected UNC-Chapel Hill faculty. Up to $8,000 is awarded for research projects and up to $1,500 is awarded for conference travel.

Academic Enrichment Funds

The Carolina Asia Center offers up to $300 in funding to invite visiting speakers to classes, film festivals, arts performances and other public events that augment the intellectual life of the University and promote understanding of East, South and Southeast Asian regions.

Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East & Muslim Civilizations, UNC-CH Title VI Center

The Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations promotes understanding of the Middle East through teaching, research, and community outreach. Our center is distinguished by its cross-regional approach to Middle East studies, one that breaks down area studies barriers in order to track global flows of ideas, commodities, and people.

Event Funding

The Mideast center, in conjunction with the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, welcomes proposals from UNC units and organizations seeking support for projects that increase awareness of the history and culture of the Middle East and Muslim civilizations.

Faculty Small Grants Program

With support from the Title VI program of the U.S. Department of Education, the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies (which includes the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations and the Duke Middle East Studies Center) is pleased to offer the following grants:

  • Course Development Grants
  • Faculty Research Travel Grants
  • Language Instruction Training Grants

UNC Center for European Studies, UNC-CH Title VI Center

The Center for European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill advances understanding of the social, political and economic events that shape contemporary Europe. The overarching mandate of the Center is to enhance undergraduate and graduate instruction in contemporary European studies, to promote scholarship and training for students and faculty from all disciplines and professional schools, and to stimulate institutional and public awareness of Europe’s economic, cultural, and political importance on campus, in North Carolina and across the nation.

Conferences and Workshops

The Center for European Studies cooperates with academic departments and professional schools at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as with partners across North Carolina and abroad to sponsor academic and policy conferences and workshops covering myriad topics related to contemporary European studies.

Working Groups

As part of our mission to advance scholarship on contemporary European studies, the Center for European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill supports working groups that foster both faculty research and graduate student mentoring in the profession. Every working group it funds has graduate student involvement and includes non-UNC members.

External Funding, Research, and Job Opportunities for Students and Faculty

UNC CES also provides a search page for external funding opportunities.

Institute for the Study of the Americas, UNC-CH Title VI Center

The Institute for the Study of the Americas is dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge of the Latin American experience in the Western Hemisphere, building upon longstanding and distinguished traditions of scholarly interest in the diverse regions within Latin America, including Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Institute for the Study of the Americas Faculty Funding Opportunities

Faculty working in Latin America, the Caribbean or Latin Americans/Latinos in the United States may apply for conference travel, research funding and information on how we help to sponsor speakers and visiting scholars.

Research Awards

The institute offers a limited number of awards to defray travel costs of Latin Americanist faculty who are conducting research in Latin America or need to consult libraries or archives in the U.S. as part of their research. Domestic awards range from $300-$500, and international awards range from $500-$1,200.

Conference Travel Awards

The institute offers a limited number of awards to defray travel costs for Latin Americanist faculty who are presenting papers at domestic and international conferences. Domestic awards range from $300-$500, and international awards range from $500-$900.

Speaker Funds

The institute offers up to $200 per event to bring Latin Americanist speakers and presenters to campus.

Center for Global Initiatives (CGI), UNC-CH Title VI Center

The mission of the Center for Global Initiatives is to expand global opportunities at UNC through collaborative programs and projects and competitive awards and fellowships that connect people across borders and disciplines.

Awards & Fellowships

The Center for Global Initiatives offers an array of competitive funding opportunities for faculty, students and staff. We are especially interested in opening access to global opportunities for individuals, groups, units, and disciplines traditionally underrepresented in such intellectual pursuits.

Conference Presentation Award

These awards offer modest support to faculty and staff who are presenting important scholarly work at major conferences abroad. These awards must be matched by funds from your chair, dean or director. The match may also come from another UNC unit, such as an area studies center.

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.

Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Program

This program funds fellowships (3 to 12 months in length) to faculty members who propose to conduct research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies to improve their skill in languages and their knowledge of the culture of the people of these countries.

Fulbright Scholar Program

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.”

Faculty Working Groups

These groups meet regularly to critique scholarly works, host visiting speakers, organize conferences, develop grant proposals, and research into the curriculum.

Matching Funds

As a catalyst for the innovative work of faculty and students at UNC, the Center for Global Initiatives welcomes proposals seeking support for globally-themed projects and events that deepen knowledge and understanding of our complex world.

UNC Global - UNC-CH Office of the Provost Unit

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill emphasizes academic and research excellence, with a focus on bettering the world in which our faculty and students work and live. Today UNC has partnerships with more than 325 institutions around the world, making it possible to train physicians to provide clinical care in Malawi, enable researchers to explore and protect endangered island archipelagos and open doors for students to study history and business in countries as diverse as the United Kingdom and China.

UNC Global: Global Partnership Awards

Global Partnership Awards are designed to help sustain and develop partnerships between UNC and international institutions. Awards support faculty, staff and students engaging in collaborations with colleagues at international institutions, with preference given to proposals that include designated UNC strategic or emerging partners.

UNC’s Partnership with Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany

The University of Tübingen is also generously providing funding for faculty, researchers and doctoral students from UNC and Tübingen to travel to the partner campus to meet their counterparts, share ideas and undertake joint initiatives.

Internal Funding Opportunities at Carolina

This searchable database is the primary funding information resource information resource for research and scholarly activities conducted by UNC staff, students and faculty.

Or, use one of the many search tools to find outside opportunities not listed above.

COS Funding Opportunities

COS is one of the most comprehensive databases of funding opportunities from government and private sources for disciplines including arts and humanities, medicine, social sciences and sciences. Funding opportunities are offered by sponsors throughout the world for recipients throughout the world for many purposes such as research, collaborations, travel, curriculum development, conferences, fellowships, postdoctoral positions, equipment acquisitions, capital or operating expenses.

GrantSource Library

The GrantSource Library is part of the Office of Information and Communications, one of the Research at Carolina offices under the direction of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development. The library provides information and services to UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students seeking funding for research, travel, collaborative projects, fellowships and other scholarly activities.

International Research and Exchanges Board

IREX sponsors a broad range of fellowship opportunities for masters, pre-doctoral and postdoctoral research, as well as for senior scholars, professionals and policymakers.

Sponsored Programs Information Network

Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN), from InfoEd International, is a large multidisciplinary funding database containing over 11,000 funding sources from federal and private agencies.

UNC Global also maintains a database of faculty and staff funding sources.

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