The University of Iowa

Global Curriculum Development Award


The Global Curriculum Development Award is given to faculty creating a new undergraduate course, or substantially revising an existing course, in order to integrate international or global perspectives into an undergraduate major. Revised courses must not have been already globally oriented. All courses developed or revised for the GCDA must be required for at least one undergraduate major.

Deadline and Spending Periods

Application deadline: June 1 of the academic year prior to one in which funded programming would take place - applicants will be notified of award status approximately three weeks after the submission deadline. 

Spending periods: Funds must be spent by June 1 of the year following the award. 


UI tenured or tenure-track faculty and senior lecturers are eligible for the GCDA.

Terms of Award

The award of $3,000 can be used toward professional expenses (e.g., travel, research materials, books). The initial offering of the new or revised course must be scheduled for the academic year following the award.  The award will be made upon receipt of the syllabus for the new or revised course and when the relevant DEO(s) confirm it is scheduled to be offered.

Evaluation Criteria and Selection Process

Proposals must include a brief letter indicating support of the departmental DEO(s) and a plan for how often the new or revised course will be offered.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • anticipated enrollments and expected frequency of the course offering
  • clear emphasis on global or international issues
  • demonstration of how the new or revised course augments the major
  • demonstration of how the new or revised course expands students’ knowledge of global topics
  • proposed or revised course material extends beyond individual countries or area studies
  • potential for long range impact on relevant University, local, state, national, and global communities, including scholars, students, practitioners, and the general public

While no matching funds are required, applicants should indicate additional sources of funding for which they intend to apply, from within the University or from external funding agencies, either for course development or closely related projects or programming. The committee to review proposals is appointed and chaired by the IP business manager.

Application Process

Complete the following and send as attachments to no later than 5 p.m. on June 1 of the academic year prior to one in which funded programming would take place. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

  • an application form
  • proposal addressing the evaluation criteria above (2-3 pages)
  • curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum)

Contact Information

For questions regarding the Global Curriculum Development Award, please contact:

Amy Welter
Business Manager