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Funding to Connect Carolina Classrooms with the World

Through the Connecting Carolina Classrooms with the World initiative, the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs is offering Curriculum Development Awards for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) as one of three approaches to develop global education opportunities that are inclusive by design. These awards support Carolina faculty members interested in working with a colleague at an international partner institution to develop collaborative activities for students in their regularly scheduled courses. Faculty members will design collaborative projects or assignments to virtually connect students from the courses at each institution over a period of at least three weeks.  

Faculty members can apply to work with a colleague from any international partner institution. Faculty members who would like assistance to identify a peer at one of UNC-Chapel Hill’s strategic or key partners should contact Katie Bowler Young, director of Global Relations, 

COIL activities should support regular course objectives while also enabling students to examine topics from varied cultural and societal perspectives. Examples of activities include shared readings, small group discussions and group projects. Student collaboration may be synchronous or asynchronous, as long as the technology used to connect students supports the goals for student learning. Faculty can also request funds to hire a graduate student teaching assistant in the first semester in which the course is taught, to provide support in the development or implementation of COIL activities. 

These awards are supported by the Chancellor’s Global Education Fund, the unrestricted pan-University, fund that supports Carolina’s top global priorities. 

Award Information

  • Faculty recipients receive an award of $2,500. Award funds are disbursed as an overload payment in compensation for time developing and implementing COIL activities.
  • In the application form, faculty can request support for a graduate student teaching assistant to receive a $1,500 award. The student does not need to be identified at the time of application.
  • The course should be taught within two semesters following the award date. 

Application Deadlines and Instructions

  • Application deadlines for 2020-2021 are October 15, 2020 (for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 courses) and March 15, 2021 (for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 courses). 
  • Faculty should complete the Curriculum Development Award Application Form. 
  • Faculty should indicate on the application form if seeking support for a graduate student TA. 


  • Faculty must be full-time employees from any UNC-Chapel Hill college or school. Courses can be at the undergraduate or graduate level. 
  • If faculty are applying for student support, the selected student must be a full-time, degree-seeking student at the graduate level. 
  • Recipients are limited to one award per academic year. To be considered for future awards, recipients must apply to develop COIL activities in a different course. 


Applications are reviewed by a committee consisting of the director of Global Relations, the associate dean of study abroad in the College of Arts & Sciences, a representative from one of the area studies centers in the FedEx Global Education Center, the director of the Global Research Institute and the award administrator. The committee sends recommended applications to the vice provost for global affairs for approval. Applications are evaluated on the following criteria: 

  • Is the COIL activity clearly described, and will it effectively connect students from the two institutions? 
  • Will the COIL activity support course learning objectives while also enable students to examine topic from different cultural and societal perspectives? 
  • Does the COIL activity provide for experiential education and virtual collaboration among the students? 
  • If graduate student support is requested, are the student’s responsibilities reasonable and specific? 
  • Does the proposal include one of Carolina’s strategic or key partners? 

Requirements for Recipients

Recipients must submit a report (with pictures, if possible) within one month of the course completion describing the COIL activity that occurred, successes and challenges observed, and how the partnership was advanced.  

Sample Applications

Contact Information

Program Inquiries:

Katie Bowler Young, Director of Global Relations
Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs

Award Inquiries:

Melissa McMurray, Manager of Global Partnerships Administration
Global Relations, Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs