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School of Education Faculty at UNC System Schools

The African Studies Center seeks to award course development grants of up to $1,000 to select faculty interested in adding Africa-related content to existing courses or developing new courses with Africa content. Open to faculty in Schools of Education across the UNC System. 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 used for research related expenses. They can also be used to support stipends and supplies. Note that stipends are subject to taxes.

The reimbursement for the grant must be claimed by the date specified, or an extension for the grant must be 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.

Faculty at UNC Chapel Hill

The African Studies Center seeks to award course development grants of up to $1,000 each to two UNC-Chapel Hill faculty interested in adding Africa-related content to existing courses or developing new courses with Africa content. Open to faculty in all schools and departments across the university. This grant is supported with the Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Preference will be given to a proposal that connects STEM and Arts & Sciences approaches related to Africa.

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 for research related expenses. They can also be used to support stipends and supplies. Note that stipends are subject to taxes.

The reimbursement for the grant must be claimed by the date specified, or an extension for the grant must be 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. Also, the report should 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.

Faculty at a Minority Serving Institution or a Community College in North Carolina

The African Studies Center seeks to award course development or conference travel grants of up to $2,000 to select faculty at a North Carolina Community College, CC, or Minority Serving Institution, MSI, interested in adding Africa-related content to existing courses or developing new courses with Africa content. Open only to faculty at a North Carolina CC or MSI. 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 for research related expenses. They can also be used to support stipends and supplies. Note that stipends are subject to taxes.

The reimbursement for the grant must be claimed by the date specified, or an extension for the grant must be 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. Also, the report should 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.


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.