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for faculty and administrators at U.S. community colleges and minority-serving institutions

The faculty development seminars to India, Mexico, and Senegal are no longer accepting applications, but please bookmark this page to easily check for future calls for applications. Subscribe to our mailing list at the bottom of the page to have updates sent directly to your inbox.


CAORC offers fully-funded overseas seminars that help faculty and administrators at US community colleges and minority-serving institutions gain international experience with the aim of developing and improving international courses, curricula, and teaching materials at their home institutions.

There is an immediate and growing need for US community colleges and minority-serving institutions to provide a global perspective to students that will broaden students’ cultural horizons and foster critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills for an increasingly interconnected world.


CAORC faculty development seminars are run in partnership with participating Overseas Research Centers (ORCs).

Awarded participants for these seminars will receive round-trip travel, accommodations, and meals for the duration of the two-week seminar. Each seminar will be comprised of approximately 12-15 participants.

Upcoming CAORC and ORC Seminars

*Please note that applicants may apply to only one of the CAORC Faculty Development Seminar opportunities being offered at one time

West Africa and the Diaspora—Continuities and Transformations

Senegal seminar dates: January 5 - January 26, 2023

Call for applications: July 12, 2022

Application deadline: Deadline has now passed.

Partner: West African Research Center

Mexico's Indigenous Languages and Cultures

Mexico seminar dates: May 21 - June 4, 2023

Call for applications: July 12, 2022

Application deadline: Deadline has now passed.

Partner: The Americas Research Network

Exploring Urban Sustainability through India's Cities

India seminar dates: January 1 - January 16, 2023

Call for applications: August 2, 2022

Application Deadline: Deadline has now passed.

Partner: American Institute of Indian Studies

Between Political and Climate Change in Southeast Asia

Myanmar (Burma) seminar dates: TBD

Call for applications: Deadline has now passed.

Partner: Inya Institute

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Recent Faculty Development Posts

CAORC’s faculty development seminars are generously supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Past seminars have also received assistance through various university-based National Resource Centers that support area studies education in the U.S., including: Boston University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Howard University, Indiana University, Michigan State University, Syracuse University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Kansas, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas, Austin, University of Washington, and University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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