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Develop New Courses in Global and Regional Issues

Deadline: April 2, 2021

Stanford Global Studies (SGS) is once again inviting proposals for Course Innovation Awards to support the development of courses focused on substantive topics of regional or global interest. This year, in partnership with Stanford Introductory Studies, we are especially interested in supporting courses that can be offered through the new first-year Civic, Liberal, and Global Education Requirement (COLLEGE), which is launching in the 2021-22 academic year. 

SGS has played an integral role in helping design and launch the new COLLEGE program, one of several important initiatives that emerged through the University’s Long-Range Planning process. This new program—which requires first-year students to take courses focused on the themes of Civic Engagement, Liberal Education, and Global Engagement—will engage students in a purposeful study of liberal education and challenge them to examine their roles as global citizens in complex, diverse societies.

Above all, this program underscores Stanford’s commitment to preparing students for today’s increasingly interconnected world.

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SGS Course Innovation Awards

Our goal is to spur the design of courses that can appeal to large numbers of students and will engage first-year students. We particularly welcome proposals that feature cross-disciplinary teaching partnerships and co-curricular activities that engage students in learning beyond the classroom. Examples include, but are not limited to, field trips, guest lectures, and seminars. View a list of courses that have received funding in the past.

Awards will support the development of courses that:

  • Develop in students an awareness of cultural diversity, as well as cultural self-awareness, and the ability to recognize connections between cultural, economic, and social practices across countries

  • OR provide students with a set of methods for conducting comparative or systemic studies of global phenomena.

Strong preference will be given to faculty planning to offer Global Engagement courses through Stanford’s Civic, Liberal, and Global Education requirement (COLLEGE).

Why Teach in COLLEGE?

Teaching in COLLEGE offers faculty the exciting opportunity to engage with first-year students, pedagogic development and support, and collaboration with postdoctoral teaching fellows. Faculty will also have the opportunity to participate in a summer course incubator, which will provide them with the space, time, and support of university resources (including a stipend) to work collaboratively on their courses.

Courses designed for COLLEGE could be offered next year or in subsequent years as the new First Year Experience is rolled out.

Applying for Funding 

Please send a 1-3 page proposal, including a budget, to Kate Kuhns ( by April 2, 2021. The proposal should include:

  1. Name of the teaching faculty (cross-disciplinary partnerships are encouraged)

  2. Indicate whether this will be a cluster of seminars or a lecture course

  3. Course title and description that addresses how the course meets the COLLEGE requirement learning goals

  4. Annotated list of texts/topics (not a full syllabus) that is aimed at first-year students and reflects an inclusive course design

  5. Description of at least two assignments and how they will be assessed

  6. In your proposal, please indicate if you would like to offer your course as part of the new first-year requirement

We will submit any proposals that meet the COLLEGE requirement learning goals to the COLLEGE program on your behalf. 

Please note: Courses that are not selected through COLLEGE will still be eligible to receive a Course Innovation Award. 


April 2, 2021


Funding is available to Stanford faculty who belong to the Academic Council.


For more information about Course Innovation Awards, please contact Kate Kuhns, Executive Director of Stanford Global Studies, at