The Kansas African Studies Center (KASC) at the University of Kansas (KU), USA is pleased to announce our Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Initiative. COIL courses take advantage of technological affordances to enable students at distant universities to interact with each other in the context of the same course. The initiative offers paired grants of USD $5000 to an instructor at a KU professional school (paid as summer salary) and a faculty partner at an African University (paid as a stipend) who collaborate in development and joint offering of a COIL course.  To be eligible for the award, the KU faculty partner should have their primary affiliation with a KU professional school—including Schools of Architecture & Design, Business, Education & Human Sciences, Engineering, Health Professions, Journalism & Mass Communications, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Social Welfare—and the resulting course must carry a designation associated with that professional school. There are no constraints on the departmental affiliation of the African university faculty partner.

KASC is currently accepting proposals for a COIL course offered in the KU Spring 2023 semester (i.e., January to May) related to the theme of Public Health and Well-being. Interested applicants should submit proposals to by the deadline of December 15, 2022. Proposals should include the following components:

  1. CVs of both KU professional school and African university partners,
  2. the syllabi for the linked classes from each institution, and
  3. a description of the joint activities that constitute the COIL experience.

Please note that, although successful proposals will likely involve greater integration of activities rather than less, there is no requirement that instructors at partner institutions make identical assignments or conduct every minute of every class session as a joint meeting.

Looking ahead, KASC plans to make another award for a COIL course offered in the KU Fall 2023 Semester (i.e., August to December) or Spring 2024 semester related to the theme of Disinformation and Epistemic Violence. KASC will announce the call for proposals sometime in the KU Spring 2023 Semester. Please feel free to contact KASC ( if you have questions about the initiative.Faculty Travel Awards for Professional Development and Outreach Enhancement