CAORC-AIIS Faculty Development Seminar in India


Exploring Urban Sustainability through India's Cities

India (Delhi - Jaipur - Lucknow)

December 26, 2019 – January 10, 2020

Application Deadline: September 16, 2019

About the Award

CAORC recognizes the immediate and growing need for professors at U.S. community colleges and minority-serving institutions to provide a global perspective to their students. These administrators and faculty understand the value of developing “internationalized” learning environments that both broaden their students’ cultural horizons and foster critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills for an increasingly interconnected world.


To support community colleges and minority-serving institutions, CAORC offers fully-funded overseas seminars that help faculty and administrators gain the requisite first-hand experience needed to develop and improve international curriculum development, publications, public engagement, and/or digital humanities projects.

This award program, administered by CAORC in collaboration with its member center in India, the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS), funds participation in a two-week capacity building workshop in India that will include stays in the cities of Delhi, Jaipur, and Lucknow.

Funding for this program is provided to CAORC through a grant from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Round-trip travel, accommodations, and meals will be provided for the seminar.

Seminar Overview: "Urban Sustainability"

The program will include extended visits to the Indian cities of Delhi, Jaipur, and Lucknow to understand the varying economic, cultural, social, and environmental pressures confronting emerging cities as more and more Indians migrate to urban areas in search of work and opportunity. As towns grow into cities and as cities morph into megacities, what can be done to ensure that demands for quality economic opportunities and decent standards of living are balanced against increased pressures on the environment, energy resources, and threatened cultural sites and traditions?


In addition to exploring the overlapping and cross-cutting challenges and opportunities created by India’s rapid urban development, participants will gain first-hand experience—through specialist-led site visits and cultural excursions—of India’s fascinating history, culture, languages, religions, and contemporary society that can be harnessed to address urban sustainability. Throughout the program, participants will learn from and have the opportunity to partner with local university faculty engaged in international collaboration and exchanges.

Follow-up Research Funding

AIIS will be offering $5,000 to an alumnus of the AIIS/CAORC faculty development seminars in India for faculty at community colleges and minority serving institutions, for a summer project in India to carry out follow-up research that would result in publications, public engagement, curriculum development and/or digital humanities projects. Those interested will be asked to submit proposals for their projects by April 15, 2020 for funding for summer 2020.

Eligibility and Program Expectations

Participants must be faculty members of a community college or minority-serving institution and must be available to participate for the duration of the seminar. At the conclusion of the program, participants will be required to develop new or improved course materials about India that can be openly shared on CAORC’s website and social media to enhance U.S. teaching on South Asia. In addition, participants should demonstrate how they will improve knowledge and awareness of India on their campuses and in their local communities, such as through workshops, open houses, or information sessions. Finally, participants may be asked to attend a funded follow-on workshop in the U.S. to reflect on program achievements, lessons learned, and future collaborations.

Please refer to the Department of Education for a complete listing of minority-serving institutions. A useful directory of MSIs can also be found at the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions. Read and follow the instructions carefully prior to submitting your application.


PLEASE NOTE: Interested faculty may only apply to one of the available 2020 seminar opportunities; in addition, previously awarded CAORC seminar participants must wait at least two years before applying for a new award.

The application deadline for this Seminar was September 16, 2019.

Council of American Overseas Research Centers
PO Box 37012, MRC 178

Washington, DC 20013-7012
202.633.1599 main

202.633.3141 fax



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