The priority deadline for applications is February 16, 2018. Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a rolling basis.

To strengthen Asian language instruction at UNC-Chapel Hill, the Carolina Asia Center awards selected faculty with pedagogy training, professional development and course development grants. These grants allow faculty to participate in programs such as ACTFL exams and introduce innovative teaching to Asian studies classrooms.

Up to $2,500 will be provided for 1) pedagogy training or professional development of language faculty and/or 2) course development and enrichment. To be eligible for funding, the faculty must be teaching an Asian language spoken in East, South or Southeast Asia that is taught at or will be taught at UNC such as Chinese, Hindi-Urdu, Japanese, Korean, Persian or Arabic.

To apply, submit a 1-2 page proposal, your curriculum vitae, a proposed timeline and a budget to Mary Lagdameo, Associate Director of the Carolina Asia Center, at The proposal must describe how the grant will contribute to your professional goals and/or benefit UNC in offering Asian language courses and activities. If the grant will help you to develop a new language course or refine a course already being offered, please state that explicitly in the application.

The applicant must obtain a signature from either the Chair or Associate Chair of the Asian Studies Department as a form of an endorsement to ensure that the applicant’s plan aligns with the department’s plan. Please include this endorsement with your application.

In the event that the Carolina Asia Center receives many applications, preference will be given to those who applied for both grants (Pedagogy Training AND Course Development) or the Course Development grant only (for those who have already undergone the ACTFL pedagogy training).

Grant usage policies:

  • Asian Language Faculty Pedagogy Training/Professional Development awards can be requested to pay for institutional fees and travel reimbursements.
  • Asian Language Course Development Grants can be requested to support stipends, supplies and/or travel reimbursements (NOTE: Stipends are subject to taxes).
  • Domestic travel does not require a prior approval of the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Funding of international travel is contingent upon the approval of the U.S. Department of Education. If the grant is used to pay for airfare, the traveler must comply with the Fly America Act, which requires traveling as far as possible on a U.S. carrier.
  • 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 Carolina Asia 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 Carolina Asia Center who will submit a Travel Authorization request on behalf of the traveler along with the details: 1) purpose of the trip 2) amount request and 3) what the Title VI funding will cover for the trip.
  • The reimbursement for the grant implementation must be claimed by August 1, 2018, or an extension for the grant implementation must be requested from the Carolina Asia Center.
  • Faculty members are required to report on any changes in curriculum or publications as a result of the grant.