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

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the seminars to Mexico and Senegal were postponed and will now take place in winter (December 2022 – January 2023). The dates for the seminar to India are still to be determined due to ongoing uncertainty with the COVID-19 situation in India. We at CAORC have been closely monitoring the guidance of health and government officials in the US and overseas as we consider appropriate actions for our programs. The original program dates for these seminars were postponed to protect the health and safety of our participants, colleagues, and guest speakers overseas.


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.

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: December 2022 / January 2023

Call for applications: July 12, 2022

Partner: West African Research Association

Mexico's Indigenous Languages and Cultures

Mexico seminar dates: December 2022 / January 2023

Call for applications: July 12, 2022

Organizer: The Americas Research Network

Exploring Urban Sustainability through India's Cities

India seminar dates: TBD

Call for applications: TBD

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

Video: CAORC Faculty Development Seminars

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.