Course Enhancement Grants Support Global Teaching, Learning and Research

Course Enhancement Grants.

Deadline: April 30, 2022

Course Enhancement Grants support innovative approaches to global teaching, learning and research, both at Duke and abroad. Grants will be awarded to faculty projects that provide Duke students with meaningful global experiences and create new opportunities for global learning and engagement.

Projects may include (1) adding global content to existing courses; (2) creating new courses that incorporate a global learning experience; (3) encouraging language study, study abroad, and involvement with Duke’s Center for International and Global Studies and its area studies centers; (4) promoting critical reflection on global topics. All project proposals should delineate learning outcomes and assessment criteria.


  • Developing new globally-oriented courses, which may promote collaborations across departments, schools and/or locations around the globe
  • Incorporating short-term global experiences into existing courses
  • Adding a foreign language component to an existing course (e.g. teaching a section of a course in a relevant foreign language)
  • Establishing strategic partnerships that enhance the internationalization of the curriculum and result in globally-taught courses
  • Establishing global internship programs linked to course content
  • Launching new cultural/regional immersion courses
  • Engaging undergraduate students in short or long-term international research projects

Priority will be given to proposals that:

  • Use innovative teaching methods such as
    • Experiential learning
    • Service learning
    • Hybrid online/on-campus approaches
    • Collaboration with international partner institutions
  • Address pressing global issues, such as climate change, global health and immigration
  • Engage with countries or regions in the Global South (through topics, projects, or partners)
  • Have interdisciplinary components
  • Forge connections with in-country collaborators

Who is eligible to apply?

Permanent Duke faculty (individually or in groups) are eligible to apply. Proposals must have the endorsement of the faculty member’s department chair and approval from the Dean’s office.

How much funding is available?

Award amounts range from $3,000 to $7,500. If additional funds are needed to implement certain aspects of the curriculum, applicants may apply for additional funding.

See the full request for proposals on the Duke Global Affairs website.

Collaborate With Institutions Abroad on Global Courses

Duke Globally Taught Courses logo.

Deadline: March 15, 2022

The Duke Globally Taught Courses program supports faculty wishing to collaborate with peers at institutions abroad to co-create graduate courses or course modules delivered virtually via online technology.

Globally Taught Courses (GTCs) allow graduate students to participate in interactive learning, provide vehicles for international project and problem-based activities and foster a context for cross-cultural interaction to enhance global competency. GTCs contribute to Duke University’s aim to integrate global perspectives and introduce new teaching practices into the curriculum, as well as address global racial inequities.

GTCs should foster partnerships with institutions located outside of the United States. Preference will be given to collaborations with institutions located in the Global South where Duke already has an existing footprint. Preferred locations include Brazil, Ghana, India, Kenya, Peru,  South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. Proposed partnerships with institutions in other countries will still be considered.


Tenure-track and regular rank faculty who are members of the Graduate Faculty, with a minimum of a half-time appointment at the time of application, are eligible to apply. Collaboration between faculty and graduate students is allowable if the eligible faculty member is the principal applicant and the instructor of record.

Funding and Activities

Supported grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded. Allowable costs include faculty stipend/honorarium, technology (such as webcams, audio equipment or software), graduate assistant support and educational resources.

Grant Period

Spring semester 2023 – Fall semester 2024

General Information

Duke Globally Taught grants are applicable to new graduate courses. They can be applied to an entire semester course or modules within a semester course. Students earn credit and receive grades from their home university. Virtual exchange courses must include the following:

  • Collaboration with one (or more) colleagues at one or more institutions of higher education abroad
  • Duke courses must be led by a Duke faculty member who is responsible for evaluation and giving a grade.
  • Duke courses must be delivered in a hybrid model (e.g., discussion section).

Preference will be given to course proposals that include the following:

  • One or more course learning objectives focused on integrating global perspectives and addressing global racial inequities
  • Course activities demonstrably selected in alignment with course learning objectives
  • Project or problem-based learning, ideally requiring an authentic product
  • Plans to actively engage all students during all course activities using inclusive teaching practices
  • Innovative teaching practices, such as: virtual field trips, labs, or performances, collaborative group work across institutions, class chat or discussion boards, community-building activities, student projects and student-led group discussions.

Proposal Requirements

GTCs must be credit-bearing, include eight synchronous sessions and have a minimum enrollment of 10 students.

Application Process and Materials

Proposal Narrative (2-5 pages)
  1. Project abstract: Identify the course, your international partner and explain why it makes sense to teach the course as a globally taught course.
  2. Intellectual rationale: Explain how the proposed course and collaborative online international learning experience will enhance students’ understanding of the subject matter and expand global competencies at both institutions. Share examples of activities that you consider particularly well-suited for this learning environment. What do you expect to gain from this collaborative transnational teaching experience?
  3. Detail the student-to-student exchange, including how you and your peer collaborator(s) will facilitate the proposed project-based learning and any additional learning activities. Indicate how you will incorporate at least eight synchronous sessions throughout the semester.
  4. Identify your peer collaborator abroad and explain why this partnership will yield a successful global course. If you do not have a peer collaborator but you have identified a partner institution, provide evidence that you have established contact with the institution, and there is interest in matching you with a faculty member at that institution.
  5. Outline your sustainability plan for how the proposed virtual exchange will continue or expand beyond the grant period. Explain the potential impact of the virtual exchange for your students, your partner, their institution and their students, your department and/or your school.
Required Documents – Course Content
  1. Submit a proposed timeline of course development.
  2. Include a preliminary course syllabus and highlight the planned virtual exchange activities, including the project-based learning.
Letters of Support
  1. Letter of support from the international partner expressing commitment to co-develop and teach the GTC for both iterations during the grant period.
  2. Letter of support from Duke University department chair confirming a two-semester commitment for the proposed course to be taught. Ideally, the goal should be to continue teaching this course after the grant period has ended.

Submission Instructions

Submit a complete application along with all required documents via email to

Award Responsibilities

Grant recipients will join a collaborative cohort of Duke GTC faculty to share ideas, discuss best practices and reflect on their experiences in teaching GTCs. Grant recipients commit to:

  • Teach the proposed course once during the grant period.
  • Collaborate with Office of Global Affairs staff to help promote the overall exchange and individual faculty efforts through Duke communications channels; and
  • Complete assessment requirements including faculty surveys and submitting a final report.

Review Criteria

The following criteria will be used in evaluating each proposal:

  • Clarity about how inclusion of virtual exchange enlivens teaching methods and course design
  • Extent to which course addresses global inequities and incorporates multiple perspectives into the proposed subject matter
  • Specificity and viability of plans for student interaction
  • Degree to which plan integrates interdisciplinary project-based learning or team-based projects that require substantial collaborative research, communication, or creative output
  • Complementarity of faculty partners’ research/teaching strengths
  • Degree to which proposal will mutually benefit students of both universities
  • Strength of letters of endorsement and institutional commitment to global virtual exchange
  • Impact on Duke University community. For example, course will advance campus internationalization in broader curricula, co-curricular activities or in directly increasing future international opportunities for students (such as language acquisition, study away or international internships).

Process and Timeline

  • Grant application deadline: March 15, 2022
  • Grant start date: Spring semester, 2023
  • Grant period end date: Fall semester, 2024

Additional Information

For additional information about the GTC program, contact Eve Duffy, Associate Vice Provost for Global Affairs at

Office of Global Affairs Presents Global Engagement Funds


Deadline: Rolling Application Accepted Throughout the Year

The Office of Global Affairs seeks to support and facilitate the global engagement and learning of the Duke community. These global engagement funding awards are intended to support new and innovative programs, activities, and approaches that are in line with Duke’s Vision as a global university.

This vision outlines a three-campus approach in which learning and research take place at the university’s home campus in Durham, NC; across a network of sites and partnerships abroad; and online, through Duke’s many interfaces for teaching and research.

Duke faculty members may apply for these funds individually or as a group, through a department, institute, center, or other recognized administrative unit. Students may not apply directly for these funds, but support for students may be included in a faculty proposal.

Two general types of activities will be considered for funding:

  • Exploring research collaboration opportunities (up to $7,500)
  • Organizing and convening international conferences, symposia, lecture series, retreats, etc., relevant to Duke’s global mission and held on the Duke campus (up to $7,500)

Priority will be given to proposals that focus on one or more of the issue areas, at a global or international level:

  • Health
  • Policy
  • Environment
  • Health Humanities
  • Environmental Humanities

Projects focusing on these issue areas in India will be given additional preference.

Requests for global engagement funds are accepted throughout the year and reviewed on a monthly basis.

If you require more information about these funds, please contact Eve Duffy, Director, Office of Global Affairs, at or at 919-684-3272.