Call for Proposals

2024-25 Course Innovation Awards

One of our priorities at Stanford Global Studies (SGS) is to provide more pathways for students across all undergraduate majors to learn about issues of regional and global importance, be it through coursework, internships, research opportunities, or study abroad.

In an effort to stimulate new curricular pathways, SGS is making available a pool of resources–on a competitive basis–to support the development of new courses focused on substantive topics of regional or global interest for the academic year 2024-25. Our goal is to spur the design of courses that can appeal to large numbers of students or reach students early in their academic trajectory.

Submit a proposal by February 15, 2024

This year, we will be making two types of grants:

New course development

We are specifically looking to provide support for the development of courses that:

  1. Are centered on a question or issue that invites a focused exploration of regional or cross-regional materials (e.g. the rise of populism, the behavior of great powers in their periphery, the role of religion in politics, the impacts of migration, the consequences of environmental change, etc.)
  2. Bring regional or global perspectives to technical fields or issues
  3. Are geared toward frosh and sophomores

We also welcome proposed courses that find creative ways of actively engaging students in the learning process using alternative modes of engagement (i.e., hands-on research opportunities, student-engaged learning, etc.) New courses could be designed for a faculty member’s own department (with the potential for cross-listing).

If you would like to apply for a new course, please complete this application form

New course development with a study abroad component in partnership with the Bing Overseas Studies Program

Faculty are invited to consider including a study abroad component to the development of a new course.  This is best requested for courses offered during the winter quarter (overseas component taking place during spring break), as well as spring quarter (overseas component immediately following the end of quarter).

If you would like to apply for a new course with a study abroad component, please complete this application form AND submit a program proposal directly to the Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP) before the deadline of February 15, 2024. Upon receipt, BOSP will share the application with SGS for their review.

Please note: Students must have completed 3 quarters at Stanford before participating in a BOSP study abroad program. If you would like first year students to participate, best to plan for spring course/summer travel.


Course Innovation Awards will be capped at $10,000


February 15, 2024 for courses to be offered in the 2024-25 academic year


Proposals are accepted from any current Stanford faculty member who belongs to the Academic Council. Non-tenure track Stanford faculty may be considered occasionally, as may emeriti. Please inquire about your specific circumstances.


For more information about Course Innovation Awards, please contact Kate Kuhns, executive director of Stanford Global Studies, at kkuhns [at] (kkuhns[at]stanford[dot]edu).