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

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.

Additional Resources & Online Information Sessions

Join us for an information session about the CAORC Overseas Faculty Development Seminar program with Jeff Badger, Program Manager. The agenda will cover the objectives and structure of the program, how to craft a strong application, and an open Q&A.

 Please enroll in one of our upcoming seminars by clicking the link below:

Session 3: August 28, 2023 @ 3:00pm ET

Session 4: September 26, 2023 @ 12:00pm ET

Session 5: October 27, 2023 @ 10:00am ET

Session 6: December 20, 2023 @ 10:00am ET

Session 7: January 26, 2024 @ 3:00pm ET

Special Session on the Seminar to Palestine: November 7, 2023 @ 3:30pm ET


  • Click here  to download a list of the 2023 Overseas Faculty Development Seminar awardees. 

  • Faculty Development Seminar FAQ

2024 Seminars

*Applicants may only apply for one Overseas Faculty Development Seminar per cycle. Please do not submit applications for concurrent seminars. 

West Africa and the Diaspora—Continuities and Transformations

Senegal seminar dates: January 3 - January 21, 2024

Call for applications: April 19, 2023

Application deadline: September 18, 2023

Partner: West African Research Center

Mexico's Indigenous Languages and Cultures

Mexico seminar dates: May 19 - June 2, 2024

Call for applications: April 19, 2023

Application deadline: January 31, 2024

Partner: The Americas Research Network

Exploring Urban Sustainability through India's Cities

India seminar dates: December 26 - January 13, 2024

Call for applications: April 19, 2023

Application deadline: September 18, 2023

Partner: American Institute of Indian Studies

Between Political and Climate Change in Southeast Asia

Cambodia seminar dates: May 15 - May 30, 2024

Call for applications: April 19, 2023

Application deadline: January 31, 2024

Partners: Inya Institute & the Center for Khmer Studies

Climate Change and Public Health: What does Climate Change mean for the People of Mongolia?

Mongolia seminar dates: May 31 - June 15, 2024

Call for applications: April 19, 2023

Application deadline: January 31, 2024

Partner: American Center for Mongolian Studies

Faculty Development Seminar to Palestine

Palestine seminar dates: May 16 - May 29, 2024

Call for applications: September 5, 2023

Application deadline: December 11, 2023

Partner: Palestinian American Research Center

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.

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