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May 09, 2024

Overseas Faculty Development Seminars now accepting applications for January 2025! Deadline to apply: July 19, 2024

Sponsored by the Council of American Overseas Research

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers Announces the Overseas Faculty Development Seminars for January 2025. 

Overseas Faculty Development Seminars from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) are fully-funded, short-term programs designed for faculty and administrators from community colleges and minority serving institutions. These seminars provide international experience to enhance the development of international courses, curricula, and teaching materials at participants’ home institutions.

  • January programs in Bangladesh, India, and Senegal
  • Fully-funded, including airfare
  • 16-21 days of activities and site visits
  • Small groups of 12-15 awardees
  • Lasting connections with local faculty and Overseas Research Centers 
  • International experience enhancing your teaching and research
  • Become a CAORC alum and take advantage of future opportunities

January 2025 Seminars are Accepting Applications

Deadline July 19, 2024

Questions: [email protected]

Bangladesh: Navigating the Bangladesh Paradox: The Dichotomy of Development

In Collaboration with the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS)

Bangladesh, roughly the size of Michigan, stands as the world’s eighth most populous nation, surpassing the population of countries like Russia, Mexico, and Japan. With Bangla/Bengali as its national language, ranking sixth globally in terms of native speakers, Bangladesh boasts a rich linguistic heritage. Despite its significant population and relatively low GDP per capita, the country has made remarkable strides in socioeconomic development in recent years. Key sectors such as agriculture, education, and healthcare have witnessed substantial progress, facilitated in part by the contributions of Bangladeshi NGOs, many of which have emerged locally and played pivotal roles in poverty alleviation efforts. Nonetheless, the nation faces formidable challenges, including climatic disruptions, governance vulnerabilities, and unpredictable global trade dynamics, posing significant threats to the sustainability of its developmental achievements.

Learn More & Apply by July 19, 2024

India: Exploring Sustainability through Urban and Agricultural India

In Collaboration with the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS)

This seminar, administered by CAORC in collaboration with its member center in India, the American Institute of Indian Studies, funds participation in a two-week seminar that will include visits to Delhi, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Jaipur and Jodhpur to understand the varying economic, cultural, social, and environmental pressures confronting emerging cities as more and more Indians migrate to urban areas in search of work and opportunity. As towns grow into cities and as cities morph into megacities, what can be done to ensure that demands for quality economic opportunities and decent standards of living are balanced against increased pressures on the environment, energy resources, and threatened cultural sites and traditions?

In addition to exploring the overlapping and cross-cutting challenges and opportunities created by India’s rapid urban development, participants will gain first-hand experience—through specialist-led site visits and cultural excursions—of India’s fascinating history, culture, languages, religions, and contemporary society that can be harnessed to address urban sustainability. Throughout the program, participants will learn from and have the opportunity to partner with university faculty engaged in international collaboration and exchanges, community leaders, and Non-Governmental Organizations engaged in programs related with Sustainable Development in India. The 2025 cohort will visit Delhi, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Jaipur and Jodhpur.

Learn More & Apply by July 19, 2024

Senegal: West Africa and the Diaspora: Continuities and Transformations

In Collaboration with the West African Research Association (WARA) and its member center, the West African Research Center (WARC)

This seminar, administered by CAORC in collaboration with the West African Research Association and its member center in Senegal, the West Africa Research Center, funds participation in a two-week workshop in Dakar that will also include visits to Gorée Island, Toubacouta, and Saint-Louis, among other locations. This seminar will feature lectures, site visits, panel discussions, and film screenings on the history, culture, arts, economy, and political life of Senegal, with a focus on connections between West Africa and the diaspora. The seminar will also place a special emphasis on Senegal’s spiritual diversity and religious tolerance, as well as the region’s growing transnational movements and their impact on society and especially young people.​ ​​

Learn More & Apply by July 19, 2024

Summer Overseas Faculty Development Seminars Coming Soon!

CAORC is offering Summer seminars in addition to our winter seminars. Previous destinations have included Mexico, Cambodia, and Mongolia with topics regarding climate change, indigenous languages, and public health.

The official announcement for these will be in July of 2024. Please visit our website and sign up for our mailing list so you can be the first to know!

You can view the guidelines and descriptions for previous seminars here.

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