Curriculum Development Awards


The Curriculum Development Award is designed to internationalize and enhance the undergraduate curriculum at the University of Iowa. Through the generous support of the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization, International Programs provides financial support for the development of courses with substantial international content.


Oct. 18, 2013


All University of Iowa tenured, tenure-track, clinical, permanent lecturer, and International Programs' adjunct faculty are invited to submit proposals. (Adjuncts outside of IP and visitors in all departments are ineligible to apply.)  Priority will be given to applications from departments whose curriculum does not currently offer students significant global perspectives.

Although past awardees are eligible to apply, priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received a Curriculum Development Award.

Proposed courses must:

  • have substantial international content;
  • be a new course not previously or currently offered in any form, or a course that is revised to such an extent that it will have an impact on the departmental curriculum as a whole
  • count toward a major in the applicant’s home department;
  • be an undergraduate-level course;
  • be taught in English;
  • contribute in new ways to internationalizing the curriculum.

Terms of Award

  • The $4,000 Curriculum Development Awards are paid as research and travel funds only.  Two awards will be made during this cycle.
  • Funded courses must be taught at least twice during the next three years.
  • Curriculum Development Awards fund course development within an applicant’s home department. Therefore, no course releases are granted with the award, and no monies are paid to the department.

Evaluation Criteria and Selection Process

Proposals for the International Programs Curriculum Development Awards are reviewed considering the following criteria:

  • the substance and scope of international content;
  • the extent to which the proposed course provides new learning opportunities for a large number of students;
  • the degree to which course objectives and content are appropriate for an interdisciplinary undergraduate audience;
  • the degree to which the course helps to internationalize the undergraduate major for which it counts.

Proposals for the International Programs Curriculum Development Awards are reviewed by a committee charged by the Dean of International Programs.

Application Process

Complete the application components listed below and send them as email attachments to no later than Oct. 18, 2013. Late applications will not be accepted.

  • Application
  • Curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum, including previous courses taught)
  • A course proposal of no more than two pages, including:
    • clear and compelling description of the course, including possible texts or other course materials;
    • focused objectives and detailed rationale for the course;
    • student assessment method(s), i.e. papers, exams, presentations.

Contact Information

For questions about Curriculum Development Awards, please contact:

Sonia Ryang
Director of Academic Programs
1111 University Capitol Centre