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Spring 2021 Call: Faculty and Instructor Award for Africa Content

The African Studies Center at UNC Chapel Hill invites interested Africa focused faculty at UNC Chapel Hill, Minority Serving Institutions or instructors at Community Colleges in North Carolina to apply for its spring 2021 award.

Awards can be used for but not limited to:

  • Course or curriculum development
  • Visiting foreign faculty
  • Online speaker event, film screening or webcast/podcast development
  • Research or travel award
  • Development of online instructional materials.

Preference will be given to Arts, Language or STEM proposals related to Africa. To submit an application, send a 1-2 page proposal with the following:

  • Name and designation
  • Institution
  • Course name and number
  • Class (or anticipated) size
  • Details of the what the award will be used for
  • Budget and timeline

Kindly attach your curriculum vitae to the application. Applications should be sent to Ada Umenwaliri, adaozo@email.unc.edu. Please note that funds expire by August 1, 2021.

Award conditions:

  • Awards can be used for research related expenses. It can also be used to support stipends and supplies (NOTE: Stipends are subject to taxes).
  • The reimbursement for the grant must be claimed by the date specified, or an extension for the grant requested from the ASC before the deadline.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Faculty members are required to submit a report highlighting activity and output. The report should also contain details of the curriculum or course development made. Faculty members are required to report on any changes in curriculum or publications as a result of the grant. This report is due August 1, 2021.

If interested, we encourage applying as soon as possible as awards are limited. This grant is supported with the Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education.


Travel or Conference Grant

Faculty at UNC Chapel Hill

The African Studies Center is accepting applications from UNC Chapel Hill faculty for conference travel grants. Up to $2000 is available to subsidize travel for successful applicants to present a paper on an Africa-related research topic at a conference or to conduct research. The grant can be used to supplement the conference/research travel grant from the College or School where the faculty member has her/his appointment. Faculty in all schools and departments across campus are eligible to apply. This grant is supported with the Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

To submit an application, send a 1-2 page proposal, your curriculum vitae, a proposed timeline and a budget to Ada Umenwaliri, Associate Director of the African Studies Center, adaozo@email.unc.edu. Please note that funds must be expended by August 1, 2020.

Grant Conditions

Awards can be requested to pay for or subsidize travel costs and conference fees. Funding of international travel is contingent upon the approval of the U.S. Department of Education. If the grant is used to pay for international airfare, the traveler must comply with the Fly America Act, which requires traveling as far as possible on a U.S. carrier.

Domestic travel does not require prior approval from the U.S. Department of Education.

To obtain an approval for an international trip, the applicant needs to submit a Travel Authorization Request at least 40 days prior to the departure date to the U.S. Department of Education through the African Studies Center. The traveler must not purchase the air ticket prior to the approval of the trip by the U.S. Department of Education. A final draft itinerary must be shared with the Associate Director of the African Studies Center, who will submit a Travel Authorization request on behalf of the traveler along with 1) the purpose of the trip 2) the amount requested and 3) what Title VI funding will cover for the trip.

The reimbursement for the grant implementation must be claimed by the date specified, or an extension for the grant implementation must be requested from the African Studies Center.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Faculty members are required to share the presentation/paper with the African Studies Center upon completion of the conference, as well as report any changes in curriculum or publications as a result of the grant, if any.

To submit an application, send a 1-2 page proposal, your curriculum vitae, a proposed timeline and a budget to Ada Umenwaliri, Associate Director of the African Studies Center, adaozo@email.unc.edu. Please note that funds must be expended by August 1, 2020.