Faculty Small Grants Program

Academic Year 2014-2015

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 Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations and the Duke Middle East Studies Center) is pleased to offer the following grants:

Course Development Grants (Duke & UNC):

A small pool of $6,000 is available to develop new courses focused on the Middle East and/or Islam. Courses that are designed to serve student populations that are underrepresented in Middle East studies, and courses that connect Duke and UNC students, are particularly welcome.

Courses are to be offered at least twice during a period of two years, starting in Fall 2015. The deadline for interested faculty is December 5, 2014. Please submit your course proposal (1-3 pages), a budget estimate, and your CV to Shai Tamari at tamari@unc.edu (UNC applicants) or to Samah Choudhury at mideast@duke.edu (Duke applicants). Please note that these funds must be used by August 1, 2015.

Faculty Research Travel Grants (Duke & UNC):

A small pool of $4,000 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 5, 2014. Please submit your 1-page proposal, a budget estimate, and CV to Shai Tamari at tamari@unc.edu(UNC applicants) or to Samah Choudhury at mideast@duke.edu (Duke applicants). Please note that these funds must be used by August 1, 2015.

Language Instruction Training Grants (Duke & UNC):

A small pool of $4,000 is available to support Duke and UNC language instructors’ participation in pedagogical training programs with the National Middle East Language Resource Center (NMELRC) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), 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) or Samah Choudhury atmideast@duke.edu (Duke 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 used by August 1, 2015.