Course Expansion Grants

Please note: Application deadline has been extended to June 15, 2024.

The Global Asias Initiative at UMBC is offering Course Expansion Grants once per semester up to $2000 to fund curricular innovations especially around the incorporation of a public humanities or community-engaged component into existing courses that serve the Asian Studies program, the Asian American studies minor and fit within the field of Global Asias. The course expansion grants are intended to support the development of Global Asias courses that centralize diasporic, transnational, and ethnic studies approaches.

The courses may be co-taught by faculty and community collaborators and include community-based research projects, the integration of digital tools, or a key activity to make the course more public facing. The expenses may include honoraria for speakers, supplies, books, and technology tools. We will provide funding for one course per semester starting in Fall 2024 and continuing through Spring 2026. Funds must be spent during the semester the course is taught; however, some funding may be used for course preparation and conceptualization on a case by case basis, if requested.

We are accepting applications for Fall 2024. Application is due June 15, 2024.

Before submission, applicants should discuss their proposed course expansion grant with Tamara Bhalla (, Co-PI and Meredith Oyen (, Key Faculty Leader of the Global Asias Mellon Initiative.

To apply please submit a brief description (no more than 500 words) describing the proposed course expansion and explaining how the course expansion fits within the field of Global Asias. Please also submit a proposed budget.