Duke-UNC Consortium Faculty Grants

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Faculty Small Grants Program – Academic Year 2019-2020

With support from the Title VI program of the U.S. Department of Education, the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies (which includes the UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies and the Duke University Middle East Studies Center) is pleased to offer the following grants:

Course Development Grants (Duke & UNC):

A small pool of several thousand dollars is available to develop new courses focused on the Middle East and/or Islam. Special preference will be given to the following proposals:

  • Faculty creating graduate level courses or upgrading an undergraduate level course with graduate content;

  • Courses designed to serve student populations that are underrepresented in Middle East studies; or

  • Courses that connect Duke and UNC students.

Other proposal will also be welcomed and considered.

Courses are to be offered at least twice during a period of two years, starting in Fall 2020. The deadline for interested faculty is December 6, 2019. Please submit your course proposal (1-3 pages), a budget estimate, and your CV in a single PDF file to Shai Tamari at tamari@unc.edu (UNC applicants) or to Griffin Orlando at griffin.orlando@duke.edu (Duke applicants). Please note that these funds must be expended by August 1, 2020.

Faculty Research Travel Grants (Duke & UNC):

A small pool of several thousand dollars is available to subsidize faculty research travel, with a preference for pilot projects leading to external grant applications. The deadline for interested faculty is December 6, 2019. Please submit your 1-page proposal, a budget estimate, and CV in a single PDF file to Shai Tamari at tamari@unc.edu (UNC applicants) or to Griffin Orlando at griffin.orlando@duke.edu (Duke applicants). Please note that these funds must be spent by August 1, 2020.

Language Instruction Training Grants (Duke, UNC, and Durham Tech):

A small pool of several thousand dollars is available to support Duke, UNC, and Durham Tech Middle East language instructors’ participation in pedagogical training programs in order to increase language teaching proficiency on our campuses. The grant will cover workshop, travel, and accommodation expenses of up to $1,000 per applicant. For interested language instructors, please email Shai Tamari at tamari@unc.edu (UNC applicants), Griffin Orlando at griffin.orlando@duke.edu (Duke applicants), or Shannon Hahn at hahns@durhamtech.edu (Durham Tech applicants) expressing interest in the grant, the titles of the workshops you will participate in, and a budget estimate. A proposal and CV is not necessary. 

There is no deadline for this grant application. However, funds must be expended by August 1, 2020.