Faculty and Staff Funding Sources

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Awards Administered by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

African Studies Center

  • Faculty Research Awards: The center offers grants to support faculty who are interested in initiating new research in Africa. Special consideration will be given to faculty who have not previously conducted research in Africa or are seeking top off funds for grants received.
  • Faculty Travel Awards: The center has modest funds available to support faculty who are interested in presenting a paper with substantial Africa content at a conference. Priority is given but not limited to paper presentations.
  • Speaker Funds: The center offers limited funds to help bring Africanist speakers and presenters to campus and to North Carolina

Carolina Asia Center

  • Event Co-Sponsorship: The center offers up to $300 to support visiting speakers, film festivals, arts performances and other public events that will augment the intellectual life of the campus at all levels, and will raise the visibility of East, South and South-East Asian studies.
  • Conference Travel Grants for UNC Faculty: The center will provide awards of up to $1,500 for any UNC-CH faculty of any rank who teaches at least two courses or has a permanent appointment (fixed or tenure-track) so they can present a paper on an Asia-related research topic at a conference.
  • Course Development Grants for UNC Faculty: The center awards course development grants up to $2,500 to selected faculty interested in adding Asian-related content to existing courses or developing new courses.
  • The Rajkumar Faculty Fellowships: The center will award up to two fellowships, each worth $5,000, for travel to Singapore to be used to conduct faculty research, form institutional partnerships or attend a conference in Singapore.
  • Language Course Development Grants: To strengthen Asian language instruction at UNC-Chapel Hill, the Carolina Asia Center awards selected faculty with language course development grants. The purpose of these awards is to refine an existing course or develop a new course. Up to $1,000 will be provided to develop courses for the languages: Chinese, Hindi-Urdu, Japanese, Korean, Persian or Arabic.
  • Language Instructor Professional Development Travel Awards:The Carolina Asia Center administers Language Instructor Professional Development Travel awards to faculty who seek to develop Asian language pedagogy and instruction. These grants may be applied to either domestic or international travel and/or programs. To be eligible for funding, the faculty member must be teaching an Asian language spoken in East, South or Southeast Asia that is taught at UNC such as Chinese, Hindi-Urdu, Japanese, Korean, Persian or Arabic.

Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations

  • Event Funding: The center offers event funding for UNC units and organizations seeking support for projects that increase awareness of the history and culture of the Middle East and Muslim civilizations. Awards generally do not exceed $200.
  • Duke-UNC Faculty Small-Grant Program: The Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies offers small grants, to faculty of UNC or Duke, for Middle East course development, faculty research travel and language instruction training.

Carolina Performing Arts

  • Carolina Performing Arts Curatorial Fellowship:
    A $10,000 stipend and a $10,000 grant are available for a tenured or tenure-track faculty member in any department at UNC to design a two-or-three-performance series presented during the 2017-2018 season—either in Memorial Hall, or one of the smaller venues, Gerrard Hall or Historic Playmakers Theater—in cooperation with the staff at Carolina Performing Arts. The performance series should grow out of the academic interests of the Fellow and should be incorporated into the teaching of core courses in his/her department.

Center for European Studies

  • UNC Junior Faculty Travel Awards: CES offers travel awards to UNC-Chapel Hill junior faculty members (those without research accounts) to conduct research in Europe or to present at and/or attend domestic or international conferences focusing on European issues.
  • Faculty Curriculum Development Grants: The center promotes innovative course development on contemporary Europe. Faculty awards are available to develop new undergraduate or graduate European courses or to substantially revise existing courses to include significant European content.
  • JMCE Faculty EU Research and Travel AwardsCES offers one annual travel award to UNC-Chapel Hill tenure-track faculty to conduct research on the European Union with the goal of creating a new course or amending an existing course to include more EU content. The award amount is $2000. Faculty from various disciplines are encouraged to apply. The project and itinerary must include at least three EU member states. Faculty will be asked to submit a syllabus demonstrating added European content in the new or revised course. Faculty will also be asked to write a post about their research on CES’ Medium blog. This award is made possible by the European Union through Jean Monnet Center of Excellence Grants.
  • JMCE Summer Research AwardsCES offers three travel awards to UNC-Chapel Hill MA or PhD students to research in and on the European Union in the summer of 2019. The award is for $3000. Students must consult with a faculty advisor, MA thesis or dissertation advisor while developing their plan. The research content and itinerary must include at least three EU member states. Award recipients must agree to write a report on their findings; publish a post about their research on CES’ Medium blog; present at a European Horizons student group meeting; and submit a photo essay documenting their travel within one month of completing their travel. Preference will be given to students with no or limited previous travel to the EU.
  • Ruth Mitchell-Pitts Start (Student Travel and Research Term) Fellowship: The Ruth Mitchell-Pitts START (Student Travel and Research Term) Fellowship is a living memorial created to support a UNC PhD student conducting research over the summer 2019 in Europe on an issue facing Europe today. Students across disciplines are encouraged to apply. Applications will require a brief statement of support from faculty advisor, resume/CV, and a research proposal or conference paper abstract. The award will be in the amount of $1500. A post-award report of research findings or on the conference presentation is required upon return to campus. Awardees are also asked to write a CES Medium blog post about their experience and submit a photo essay documenting their travels.
  • UNC Staff Travel AwardsCES offers travel awards to UNC staff such as the Librarians, Study Abroad Advisors, Professional School staff, and other staff to attend conferences and/or to travel to Europe to develop linkages with European partner institutions. Travel awards can be given for up to $1000; we anticipate two awards to be given per academic year.

Center for Global Initiatives Funding Opportunities

The Center for Global Initiatives supports faculty research and curriculum development, as well as student language training, field research and professional development.

  • Conference Presentation Awards: The center awards up to $500 to faculty and staff who are presenting important scholarly work at major conferences abroad. Grants must be matched by the applicant’s department or school.
  • Faculty Working Groups: The center supports the innovative, interdisciplinary research of faculty by funding working groups that meet regularly to critique scholarly works, host speakers, organize conferences and develop grant proposals. The group’s core members must represent at least 3 different UNC departments or schools. Grants of $3,000 are made for one year with the possibility of renewal.
  • Matching Funds: The center offers funding for faculty and student globally themed projects and events that deepen knowledge and understanding of our complex world. Projects must have financial support from at least one other UNC unit, and matching funds generally do not exceed $250.
  • Curriculum Development Award: The center awards between $2,500-$4,000 to support faculty interested in adding international content to existing courses that have little or no such content; adding comparative cases to courses that are area specific; or developing new courses. CGI prioritizes proposals that add global content to existing courses that reach diverse students who are traditionally under-represented in globally oriented courses.

Fogarty Global Health Fellows Program

UNC, Johns Hopkins University, Morehouse University School of Medicine and Tulane University have formed a consortium to launch the Fogarty Global Health Fellows Program (FGHF). FGHF is an 11-month mentored clinical research-training program for pre- and postdoctoral candidates. FGHF is best suited for advanced post-doctoral researchers in a junior faculty position who have completed an Institutional Research Training Grant in any of the health science disciplines. Funding can also be used for travel and research supplements for junior faculty with K awards who wish to spend the year overseas and for early-stage postdoctoral researchers and doctoral students from schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health and veterinary medicine.

Funding Information Portal 

The Funding Information Portal is a central repository of resources maintained by the Graduate Funding Information Center and the Office of Research Development that aids UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students in seeking information on funding sources for independent research, collaborative projects, fellowships, program development and other scholarly activities.

Internal Funding Opportunities at Carolina 

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

Institute for the Arts and Humanities 

The Institute for the Arts and Humanities offers semester-long fellowships on campus for faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences. Funding covers a semester leave and pays for a weekly seminar.

  • Academic Leadership Program Fellowships The Institute for the Arts and Humanities helps prepare and support current and emerging academic leaders through our Academic Leadership Program (ALP). Eight Fellows are selected annually to engage in a series of activities to help them develop leadership skills, clarify their career commitments, build a leadership network within the campus and extend their contacts to other leaders beyond the University.Because the ALP requires a significant time commitment, a flexible use stipend of $5,000 is provided for each participant.
  • IAH Faculty Fellowships: The Faculty Fellowship program provides on-campus semester-long leaves for faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences to pursue research and creative work that leads to publication, exhibition, composition, and performance.
  • King’s College FundUNC faculty and graduate students from participating units may apply to the King’s College Fund for support for projects and collaborative events that advance the relationship between UNC and KCL. This program is supported by the Dean’s Office, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, and participating departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. All proposals should be approved by the Chair of the faculty/graduate students’ department or curriculum. Support for each funded proposal will typically range between $2,000 and $8,000.
  • Arts & Humanities Research GrantThe Arts and Humanities Research Grant is a pilot funding program that promotes research in scholarly, creative, and artistic pursuits in the fine arts and humanities. The program is part of the Chancellor’s Blue Print for Next strategic framework and the Vice Chancellor for Research’s university-wide pilot funding portfolio, furthering the University’s pre-eminence as a national and world-renowned leader in foundational research, creative practice, and the translation of research into social settings. Awards range from $2,500 to $7,500, to be used within one full year from the date of award.

  • Arts and Social Justice GrantThe Institute for the Arts and Humanities invites faculty artists to submit proposals for projects that incorporate themes of social justice. Works must respond to notions or instances of injustice that lead to the oppression or marginalization of individuals or groups. (A short list of examples would include homophobia, human trafficking, income inequality, police brutality, racism, religious extremism and intolerance, and sexism.) With the understanding that social justice is a process rather than an outcome, the goal of such works should be to raise awareness, encourage dialogue, build community or solidarity, or in some way spur constructive thought or action around injustice in the world. To that end, these projects should be displayed/performed on campus to allow the UNC-Chapel Hill community to interact with the art. All projects must be completed by February 28, 2018 for display or performance later in the semester. Two grants will be funded in the amounts of $5,000–8,000.
  • NEH Summer Stipends: NEH Summer Stipends support individuals working full-time on a humanities project at any stage of development by providing funding for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing. Faculty members teaching full-time at colleges and universities must be nominated by their institutions to apply for a summer stipend. At UNC-Chapel Hill, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities Director will appoint faculty to serve as the nominations committee.

Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases

UNC-Chapel Hill is committed to improving health in North Carolina and around the world. The UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases seeks to advance this goal by promoting global health research, teaching, and service activities across campus. The institute recognizes that the most pressing health challenges and emerging diseases know no boundaries: global health is local health. The institute fosters an environment in which faculty, students and the broader university community work together in unique and innovative ways to address critical issues in global health, and to shape the next generation of global health leaders. Funding opportunities include:

  • Explorations in Global Health GrantsThese grants are designed to foster the development of research partnerships and projects in global health. Grants will be made to UNC faculty for international travel or to bring international colleagues to campus to establish or cultivate research relationships (e.g. clarify joint research interests, plan and organize institutional linkages, jointly develop or write research proposals, etc.) or to undertake small-scale, discrete research projects with international collaborators. Faculty may apply individually, together with a UNC student, or with another UNC faculty member from a different discipline. Approximately 4-5 grants will be made this year in amounts up to $5,000 (for a single UNC applicant) or $8,000 (for two UNC co-applicants).

Institute for the Study of the Americas

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 $300 per event to bring Latin Americanist speakers and presenters to campus.

Southern Studies Course Development Grants

The Center for the Study of the American South encourages innovation in teaching in Southern studies by offering course development grants to full-time UNC faculty. In particular, the Center hopes to support new courses that approach the South from global, comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives. The grants are up to $1000.

UNC Global: Global Partnership Awards

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

Awards Administered by Outside Parties

Council of American Overseas Research Centers Fellowship Program 

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or in teams. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Approximately nine awards of up to $10,500 each will be given.

DAAD (German Academic Service Exchange) 

DAAD offers a wide range of funding opportunities for academic travel to Germany open to students, faculty and administrators of higher education institutions in the United States. Funding is awarded on a competitive basis; taking into consideration academic merit, proposal feasibility and quality and the application as a whole. Faculty may apply to Research Visit Grants, Arts Study Visit Scholarships and numerous Study Research Grants. Visiting professors may apply for guest lectureships and conference funding. Intensive Language Courses and Informational Tours are also available to highly qualified scholars.

Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program 

Administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program comprises approximately 40 distinguished lecturing, distinguished research and distinguished lecturing/research awards ranging from three to 12 months. Candidates should be senior scholars with a significant and prominent publication and teaching record. Stipends vary by country.

Fulbright Scholar Program 

The Council for International Exchange of Scholars annually sends nearly 800 people to 140 countries through programs designed to allow faculty, administrators and professionals to lecture, conduct research or participate in seminars for both extended or short periods of time abroad. Programs also enable professionals from other countries to come to the U.S.

Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Program 

Administered by the Institute of International Education, this grant allows faculty to conduct research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies to improve their knowledge of the languages and cultures in their countries of specialization (excluding Western Europe). Funds support travel expenses, a maintenance stipend and an allowance for research-related expenses overseas. Applicants must have been engaged for the previous two years in teaching relevant to the language or area studies. UNC faculty must apply through the Center for Global Initiatives.

International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)

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

National Science Foundation 

The NSF’s Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) supports programs to expand and enhance leading-edge international collaborative research and education opportunities for U.S. scientists and engineers, especially at the early career stage.

Social Science Research Council Fellowships

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) offers a variety of fellowships, grants and associated activities with special emphasis on the growing internationalization of social issues. SSRC fellowship and grants programs engage themes ranging from global issues facing the U.S. and Japan, to security, drugs and democracy in Latin America, to approaches to the study of contentious politics.

Sponsored Programs Information Network

Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN), from InfoEd International, is a large multidisciplinary funding database containing over 10,000 funding sources from federal and private agencies.