FACULTY RESOURCES AVAILABLE FROM KASC
Travel/Research Award Application Deadline: March 30, 2021
As of February 2021, KASC is now receiving applications from core and affiliated faculty members of the Center for a modified travel/research award competition funded by our Title VI NRC grant. We realize that many faculty will not be able to travel this year due to pandemic-related restrictions and health/safety issues, so we have expanded the award guidelines to allow for a broader use of funds.
Faculty may therefore apply for support to offset research-related expenses beyond travel including, but not limited to expenses related to:
- attendance at virtual conferences
- hiring a research assistant or KU student worker
- virtual research consultations in the U.S. or abroad
- remote photocopying/scanning expenses or the like (such as at an archive or library)
Please reach out to Doreen Siilo, KASC Assistant Director, to discuss your specific needs and anticipated expenses in order to see if grant funds may be used.
Faculty requests for funds that will be used by August 14, 2021 will be given first priority. A second competition may be held in late 2021 or early 2022 if additional grant funds are available then.
Any requests for funds to offset actual travel costs must be for a travel itinerary ultimately approved by both KU (for both domestic and international travel) and the U.S. Department of Education (for international travel only). At this time (February 2021), most KU-approved travel is exclusively by car. Faculty applicants will be responsible for familiarizing themselves with the latest travel restrictions and understanding that conditions may change and lead to the revocation or deferral of any awards issued provisionally.
Abstracts for this special spring 2021 competition will be limited to one page for new applicants, as outlined below. The deadline to submit applications to firstname.lastname@example.org is March 30, 2021
NOTE: You may recall that awards issued in fall 2019 that were to be used in the spring and summer of 2020 were deferred due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. We did not hold a competition in fall of 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic. Those who elected to defer their awards for use at a later date may also apply again in this special spring 2021 competition, but they must include a justification (of up to one page) for needing additional funds. Awardees from 2019 who would like to change their travel plans substantially (such as to a different location) or request funds for travel or research that is of an entirely different nature (such as for a different research project or conference) should contact the KASC Assistant Director, Doreen Siilo, for guidance. The Center aims to be flexible and accommodating given the constraints and difficulties arising from the pandemic. However, any changes to the major goals of the original travel plan submitted in 2019 will require approval by the Director, and any foreign travel must also be approved in advance by the Department of Education. We request that 2019 awardees send a brief email update about their plans to use (or decline) their award to Doreen Siilo by April 1, 2021.
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:
- Foreign Travel Grants for Faculty Professional Development, Internship Building & Outreach Support Trips
- Foreign Travel Grants to Faculty for African Studies Unit and Pedagogical Material Collection for KU’s Core Curriculum
- Domestic Travel Grants to Faculty for Professional Meetings & Outreach Enhancement
- Domestic Travel Grants to Attend the annual African Languages Teachers' Association (ALTA) Conference
- Collaborative Course Development Initiative: Team-Taught Seminar with African Studies content in a Professional School at KU
- Faculty Summer Salary for Individualized Instruction of a Less Commonly Taught Language (LCTL)
- 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 Doreen Siilo, Assistant Director of KASC, at email@example.com or 785 864-1064. All funding requests should be submitted as a Word document to the Center’s main email, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 abstract that 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.
- 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.
- 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.