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Teaching & Curriculum Awards

The Fall 2023 cycle has closed

Global Innovation Fund (GIF) Teaching & Curriculum awards seed innovative proposals that approach global learning through new perspectives, methods, and activities.

  • Awards of up to $2,000 are available to support the addition of a global module, project or innovation to your course
  • Open to UW faculty members, lecturers, and staff engaged in course development
  • Projects must be implemented during Spring 2024-Spring 2025
  • Priority to projects involving new or enhanced collaboration with an international partner

Deadline: November 8, 2023 at 5:00pm


Teaching & Curriculum Awards

  • 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 Requirements:
  • Online application form submission: Apply here!
  • Attached letter or email of support from department chair
Application deadline November 8, 2023
Awards announced End of December 2023
Award use period Spring 2024-Spring 2025
Narrative reports due No later than June 15, 2025
Unused funds returned to OGA No later than June 30, 2025

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

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

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

Please mention the Global Innovation Fund in any communications or news related to your project. OGA may follow up to do additional marketing and story-telling around each project.

Previously successful proposals:

Racism and Mental Health: A Global Perspective on Asian Youth

Proposal: Include a virtual lecture on Asian youth and mental health concerns by an expert from New York University Shanghai to provide first year graduate students with an international perspective on mental health among Chinese-speaking students in Shanghai.

Applicant: Justin Lerner, School of Social Work

Course: Social Work 510 -Micro/Meso Social Work Practice 1: Individuals

Centering Oceanic Knowledge, Relationships, and Self-Representation

Proposal: Guest speakers will work via Zoom to introduce UW students to their canoe organizations in Yap (Federated States of Micronesia), the Marshall Islands, Tonga, and the Solomon Islands and to teach students to decipher the canoe models at the Burke Museum.

Applicant: Holly Barker, Department of Anthropology

Course: Anth 369 Indigenous Epistemologies & Oceanic Canoes