Office of Global Affairs

Teaching & Curriculum Awards

International travel is on hold, but global engagement and cross-cultural collaboration are more critical than ever. This summer, the Office of Global Affairs (OGA) is offering a special cycle of the Global Innovation Fund (GIF), seeking proposals for global teaching and curriculum grants.

  • Awards up to $2,000 are available to support the addition of a global module, project or innovation to your course
  • Open to faculty members, lecturers, and staff engaged in course development
  • Projects must be implemented during the 2020-21 academic year
  • Priority will be given for projects involving new or enhanced collaboration with an international partner.

We welcome new innovative ways of internationalizing your class. Please reach out to Kathleen Allen, Director of Strategic Initiatives, ( if you want to discuss or have questions.

Apply here!

Project examples

  • Add an element of International Virtual Exchange or Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) to your course (e.g., international marketing project with students from the National University of Singapore)
  • Student consulting or research project embedded in your course with an international company, non-profit or NGO
  • Incorporation of speaker(s) from an international organization (e.g., virtual lecture by Korean public health official on COVID response) or faculty member (e.g., expert from University of Queensland)
  • Interactive international learning activity (e.g., virtual museum tour or remote company visit)

Application process & timeline

Application deadline Monday, July 20th, 2020
Awards announced End of July, 2020
Award use period August 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

  • Compensation for faculty summer grants during the month of August
  • Reimbursements for other expenses due by June 30, 2021
Reports & budget reconciliations due No later than July 15th, 2021
Unused funds returned to OGA No later than July 30th, 2021

Application Requirements:

  • Online application form submission: Apply Here
  • Attached letter or email of support from department chair

Primary Questions to be addressed in proposal:
See form above for full application and questions

  • Project narrative description: Please provide a short (suggested 300 words) description of your proposed project and intended outcomes. If relevant, include information about innovations and collaborations with international partners/organizations.
  • Does your project advance the UW Race and Equity Initiative or the UW American Indian and Indigenous Studies Initiative. If yes, please describe how? ?
  • Future planning: If relevant, please briefly share plans for the future of the proposed project (i.e., Do you plan to develop a module that you intend to use year after year? Do you have plans for add-on projects, etc.?)
  • Budget request: Please provide a short description of the request for funds (e.g., $2,000 for summer support for module development, or $500 for international speaker honoraria, etc.)
  • Will there be a match from your department? (A departmental match is not required, but may make a proposal more competitive.)

If you have questions, contact the Office of Global Affairs at

Award funds

Awards can be used for:

  • Faculty or administrator salary
  • Academic student employees and student workers
  • Honoraria
  • Marketing expenses
  • Technology equipment or software

Funds may not be used for:

  • The purchase of alcohol
  • Dissertation research

Award reporting

At the end of the award use period, awardees are required to submit the following materials to OGA at

  • Brief narrative report – describe the project, outcomes, and next steps
  • Photos
  • Outline use and impact of funds
  • Budget report reflecting actual expenditures. (You can update the budget submitted with your application).

OGA will follow up to do additional marketing and story-telling around each project