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Due to KASC’s role as one of ten National Resource Centers (NRCs) for African Studies with funding from the U. S. Department of Education for 2018-2022, the Center is able to grant funds to KASC Core and Affiliated faculty members for the following professional endeavors: 

 

  1. Foreign Travel Grants for Faculty Professional Development, Internship Building & Outreach Support Trips
  2. Foreign Travel Grants to Faculty for African Studies Unit and Pedagogical Material Collection for KU’s Core Curriculum 
  3. Domestic Travel Grants to Faculty for Professional Meetings & Outreach Enhancement
  4. Domestic Travel Grants to Attend the annual African Languages Teachers' Association (ALTA) Conference
  5. Collaborative Course Development Initiative: Team-Taught Seminar with African Studies content in a Professional School at KU
  6. Faculty Summer Salary for Individualized Instruction of a Less Commonly Taught Language (LCTL)
  7. Funding for a Graduate Teaching Assistant at .50 FTE to help with Experiential Learning Course Development in Introductory African Studies Courses

 

The Executive Committee of KASC will oversee the awarding of funds, in consultation with the Center Director, Faculty Associate Director, and Assistant Director. Information about the guidelines for each funding opportunity appears below. Questions about the process of awarding funding should be directed to Dr. Emily Riley, Assistant Director of KASC, at rileyem@ku.eduor 785 864-1064.   All funding requests should be submitted as a Word document to the Center’s main email, kasc@ku.edu.  Please note that all awards will be contingent on the availability of federal funds and approval by the KASC Executive Committee. 

 

OVERALL GUIDELINES FOR TRAVEL GRANTS

A. Ordinarily only one request per faculty member will be granted in an academic year, but faculty may request an exception if additional NRC funds are available.

B. Normally only costs associated with travel will be funded. The amount of an award will be dependent upon funding.

C. There will be one deadline annually, every September 30th. These funds can be used for travel during the subsequent Fall, Spring, and Summer months. 

 

Foreign and Domestic Travel Grants

Generally, grants are limited to one per year for each applicant. However, if funds remain after the first round of a competition, a second application may be considered in the same academic year.

1.Foreign Travel Grants for Faculty Professional Development, Internship Building & Outreach Support Trips, (Up to $2,920 each). These may involve travel to professional conferences, meetings, and workshops, or to research field sites, archives, or other relevant places.

To apply: send an abstract (limited to one-page) that explains in some detail the purpose of your travel (professional development, internship building, outreach), the institutions you intend to collaborate with, and a travel plan that indicates where you will be and why you need to be there. Also include in your abstract the intended outcome of your trip. Include a rough budget that indicates your anticipated costs, and indicate what other funding sources you have or will apply for. Please be aware that in order for you to be eligible for a foreign travel grant, you must comply with the Fly America Act.

 

2.Foreign Travel Grants to Faculty for African Studies Unit and Pedagogical Material Collection for the KU Core Curriculum (up to $1000 each)

 

This funding source supports travel for faculty to gather necessary materials and experiences to develop or enhance an African Studies-focused course to be integrated into KU’s Core Curriculum.

To apply: send an abstract (limited to one-page) that explains in some detail the course you intend to develop for the KU Core, the materials you need to gather (including where you will find these materials), and a travel plan that indicates where you will be and why you need to be there. Also include in your abstract the intended outcome of your trip. Include a rough budget that indicates your anticipated costs, and indicate what other funding sources you have or will apply for. Please be aware that in order for you to be eligible for a foreign travel grant, you must comply with the Fly America Act.

 

  1. Domestic Travel Grants to Faculty for Professional Meetings & Outreach Enhancement (Up to $750)

 

To apply: send an abstract (limited to one-page) that explains in some detail the purpose of your travel (professional development and/or outreach), the nature of your participation (paper, panel, event, fieldwork, etc), and how the trip will enrich your professional goals as well as help to promote KASC and African Studies at KU generally. Include a rough budget that indicates your anticipated costs, and indicate what other funding sources you have or will apply for. Please also include documentation or a weblink if you will be attending a conference, meeting, or other event.

 

  1. Domestic Travel Grants to Attend the African Languages Teachers' Association (ALTA) Annual Conference (up to $1150 each)

 

To apply: send an abstract (limited to one-page) that outlines the goals and outcomes of participating in the ALTA conference, and the ways in which this conference will help you professionally and enrich the instruction of African languages at KU. Include a rough budget that indicates your anticipated costs, and indicate what other funding sources you have or will apply for. 

 

 

New Course Development Grants and Faculty Summer Salary for Individualized Instruction of a LCTL

 

Grants are available to help support the development of new non-language courses in African Studies in collaboration with a professional school by year.

  1. Collaborative Course Development Initiative: Team-Taught Seminar with African Studies content in a Professional School (Summer Salary of $4500 plus 35% fringe for a team of two faculty members):

Year 1 (2018-2019): Team-Taught Seminar. School of Social Welfare

Year 2 (2019-2020): Team-Taught Seminar. School of Education

Year 3 (2020-2021): Team-Taught Seminar. School of Engineering

Year 4 (2021-2022) Team-Taught Seminar. School of Medicine

To apply: send an abstractthat describes in some detail the proposed course, proposed collaborating professor and their School, justification for the relevance of the course, and the targeted student population. 

 

  1. Faculty Summer Salary for Supervision of Individual Instruction in LCTLs:  2 @ $500/semester/student; 35% fringe

 

To apply: send an email of intent to supervise a student studying a Less Commonly Taught Language (LCTL). Briefly describe your experience with the language and plan for individual instruction. Include information about the student’s familiarity with foreign languages and African Studies. A syllabus will be requested by the second week of classes.

 

  1. Funding for a Graduate Teaching Assistant at .50 FTE to help with Experiential Learning Course Developmentin Introductory African Studies Courses (Two @ approx. $14,000 each)

To apply: send an email of intent to design an experiential learning opportunity in an introductory African Studies course.  Indicate how the KASC-funded GTA would assist with this initiative in ways that go beyond past iterations of the course. Describe the learning goals of the course and provide other basic information about the course and the experiential learning that will take place.

 


 
 
 






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