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The Carolina Asia Center is committed to supporting the teaching of Asia to all students across North Carolina, including at minority-serving institutions which do not have available resources to develop Asian studies teaching and/or research. As a concrete way to strengthen Asian studies and generate debate about Asia in diverse university classrooms across the state, the CAC is making available course development grants of up to $1000 to faculty at minority-serving institutions to add new courses on Asia, to add Asia content to existing courses, or to further develop Asia-related programs for their campuses.

Any faculty member who teaches at least one course at a minority-serving institution (as defined by the US Department of Education) in the UNC system is eligible to apply. Proposals may fund summer stipend for course or module development, reimbursement for the purchase of teaching or preparation materials, travel to conferences or study sites to prepare instructors to teach about Asia, or bringing speakers or partners to campus in connection with Asian studies topics. (NB: The content should address Asia, not just Asian-Americans. This funding comes from the US Department of Education specifically for global education.)

To submit an application, send a 1-2 page proposal, your curriculum vitae, a proposed timeline and a budget to Kevin W. Fogg, Please also arrange for an email to Dr. Fogg to confirm that the proposed course will be taught—this can come from a department chair or dean, as appropriate at your institution. The CAC evaluates proposals based on feasibility and measurable impact on Asia-related instruction and programming at the target institution.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

These grants are possible through the pan-Asia National Resource Center grant that the CAC holds from the US Department of Education. All grants are subject to federal and state guidelines.

Grant Usage Policy:

  • Awards can be requested to support stipends, supplies and/or travel reimbursements (NOTE: Stipends are subject to taxes).
  • International travel is subject to guidance from the US government; please be in touch with Dr. Fogg before applying if you intend to include international travel.
  • 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 Carolina Asia Center.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Faculty members are required to report on any increase in or improvement of Asia content in classes or publications as a result of the grant upon its completion. Faculty members are also required to provide any instructional materials created as a result of this grant to the Carolina Asia Center.