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Global Intersections - Student Research and Project Grants

Global Intersections is a Center for Global Studies initiative designed to encourage multicultural, international, transnational and global perspectives in student research on issues in world affairs that concern one or more countries. This initiative invites collaborative proposals from faculty and students across multiple disciplines that promote understanding and solving global problems. Projects provide opportunities for students to engage directly in the process of developing new research directions in areas of global import. 

The Center for Global Studies globalizes the research, teaching, and outreach missions of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a National Resource Center in Global Studies designated by the U.S. Department of Education. One of the globalizing missions of the Center is to promote and support innovative research to better understand global issues confronting the world’s populations and identify ways to cope with and resolve these challenges.
How to Submit a Project Proposal (RFP)
·       The Request for Proposals (RFP) is for projects beginning the following academic year.
·       The deadline for 2017-2018 projects is March 3, 2017.
·       If you have questions about Global Intersections, please contact Donna Tonini at
Award Information:  
Proposals may request up to $3,000 for project activities within the grant year (5/16/17-5/16/18). Global Intersections grants may provide funding for the following project components:
a) A campus event (e.g., workshop, conference, reading group, hackathon) focused on global studies; 
b) Travel funding for external speakers with an emphasis on global studies; 

c) A student publication with a focus on global studies.
Funded projects must begin no earlier than May 16, 2017 and end no later than May 16, 2018

Joint Area Centers Symposium on Governing Globalization - Call for Undergraduate Research Presentation and Poster Proposals (Application Deadline February 28)

LAS Global Studies invites proposals from students who would like to present their work at the Joint Area Centers Symposium (JACS) on Governing Globalization to be held on March 31 and April 1, 2017, organized by the Center for Global Studies (CGS).


LAS Global Studies invites proposals from students who would like to be part of a four speaker panel on governing globalization. Themes could include global markets, migration and human rights, climate change, conflict and diplomacy. We encourage submissions that incorporate a focus on gender, communities of color and under-represented groups. Panel presentations will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017.


LAS Global Studies invites proposals from students who would like to present posters on governing globalization. Themes could include, but are not limited to, armed conflict, terrorism, global markets, economy, role of superpowers, climate change, sustainability, social change, technology, gender, youth and migration. Poster presentations will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Submit your proposals as a pdf document by February 28, 2017 to Submissions should include the following information:

  1. Full name
  2. Major and year
  3. Institutional affiliation
  4. Email address
  5. Title of presentation/poster
  6. Abstract (no more than 250 words)

2017 Joint Area Center Symposium: Governing Globalization: Challenges for Democracy and Global Society

March 31 - April 1, 2017
Symposium Website

As the world has grown increasingly interdependent, populations have been forced into a closer web of relationships that require cooperation on a scale unprecedented in the history of humanity. Structures of governance around the globe are being called into question and the paradoxical relationship between increasing interdependence and the need for cooperation on one hand, and the rising sentiments of isolationism and xenophobia on the other, are being studied, analyzed and debated.

This symposium is focused on bringing together leading scholars to explore the pressing topic of Governing Globalization and enrich students interested in scholarship and careers in fields related to international cooperation and global governance.

Events This Week

Migration Crisis: Implications for Turkish-EU Relations

February 14
12:00 pm
International Studies Building, Rm 101

The European Union (EU) currently faces many challenges, one of the most serious of which is a crisis of migration. Turkey is of crucial importance in this process: it is a transit country through which an important migration route towards Western Europe passes. Turkey has become a place of political asylum for more than two million Syrian refugees who escaped from the civil war in their country. The migration crisis led to a revitalization of the relationship between Turkey and the EU, and ultimately to the signing of the refugee deal, with its supposed solutions to the migration crisis. This new approach will be illustrated in comparison to Turkey’s relationship with the EU prior to the 2013 crisis. Despite a significant increase in Ankara’s public diplomacy activities in the EU, these efforts have not led to any long term results. The deal did not provide solutions to the migration crisis in Europe, or to the acceleration of the process of Turkey’s integration with the EU.

Sponsor: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center


Brown Bag
Anglophone Problem Cameroon

February 15
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
International Studies Building, Rm 101

Dr. Nuesiri will show that the Anglophone problem in Cameroon has colonial, constitutional, cultural and citizenship dimensions. Thus, solutions must also be multi-dimensional.

Sponsor: Center for African Studies


EUC Lecture
Leadership in Hard times: How Angela Merkel learned to love the European Union

February 17
12:00 pm
Foreign Languages Building, Room 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge)

Deeply rooted in the shared recollections of two world wars, the vision of an integrated Europe played a crucial role in Germany’s efforts to rehabilitate itself on the international stage for half a century. Born in 1954 and socialized in the Eastern “rump state,” Angela Merkel never developed the emotional tie to France evinced by her predecessors, nor did she inherit the intuitive understanding of the Europe Community that drove the policies of western leaders stretching from Adenauer to Kohl. By the time she became Chancellor in 2005, the European Union had become a very complex institutional creature, best reflected in the 168,349 pages (Commission estimates, versus 714,000, according to Brexit supporters), comprising EU’s acquis communautaire. Merkel quickly came to recognize the leverage potential inherent in EU institutions between 2007 (German Council Presidency) and 2008 (banking crisis), however. It would nonetheless take her another seven years to move from an instrumental appreciation of “pooled sovereignty” and multi-level governance to her personal embrace of the EU as a value community. This talk traces the stages of that evolution, illustrating ways in which Merkel’s preferred “leadership” style facilitated this process.

Sponsor: European Union Center


The Erotics of Nostalgia: Performing Longing and Belonging in Skyrian Music

February 17
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Foreign Languages Building, Rm 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge)

In this lecture, Prof. Glaros discusses aspects of her research on the traditional music of Skyros. A small Aegean island with approximately 3000 inhabitants, Skyros is well known for its Carnival masquerading tradition. Less well known outside Skyros are the a cappella "table songs" sung at festivals, which form an integral part of the island's musical heritage, and which many Skyrians regard as endangered. As traditional music on Skyros reflects local history, memory and identity, its performance comments on the nature of community belonging, with sometimes surprising implications. 

Sponsor: John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation (Athens, Greece), Program in Modern Greek Studies, School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, European Union Center, Center for Global Studies, Russian, East European and Eurasian Center

Upcoming Events
February 21

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Foreign Languages Building, Rm 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge)
February 22
Global Career Opportunity: Careers in Japan
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Career Center Interview Suite, Rm 213

February 22
Afro-Latinos: An Untaught History
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Foellinger Auditorium

February 22 - February 23
International Science Film Festival
7:00 pm
Location TBA

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library, Library 314

March 3
Relocating Innovation: Places and Practices of Future Making
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
NCSA, Auditorium

March 3
CEAPS Brown Bag
Future at the Periphery: Young Adult Urban-to-Rural Migration in South Korea
12:00 pm

Davenport Hall, Rm 109A

March 3
Women’s and Gender History Symposium
Time TBA
Location TBA

March 5
A Classic Malaysian Tale of Tuah Jebat: For the Sake of Our Brotherhood!
8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
Lincoln Hall, Theatre
April 1
Worldfest at the Spurlock Museum
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Spurlock Museum

April 4

Turkey in the Aftermath of the Failed Coup Attempt
Time TBA
Location TBA

April 5
CSAMES Brown Bag Lecture
“A Seat at the Table? – Muslim Acts in the American Political Landscape”
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Foreign Languages Building, Rm 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge)

April 25
Lemann Institute Lecture Series
Racial Inequalities in Brazil and Affirmative Action: What Has Changed?
2:00 pm
International Studies Building, Rm 101
Opportunities for University of Illinois Students and Faculty

Fred S. Bailey Scholarship (Application Deadline February 16)
The Fred S. Bailey Scholarship awards $3000 and $5000 scholarships to University of Illinois undergraduates making a difference in their communities. To learn more or to submit an application for a Fall 2017/Spring 2018 Bailey Scholarship, visit: Applicants will be evaluated based on their commitment to service, leadership, and action. Financial need and academic achievement will also be considered. Applications are due February 16. 

Onassis International Scholarships For Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, Economics And Finance In Greece 2017/2018 (Application Deadline February 28)
In 1995 the Foundation established an annual program of grants and scholarships for research, study and artistic endeavor within Greece. The educational program is intended exclusively for non-Greeks: members of national academies, university professors of all levels, PhD holders, post-doctorate researchers and doctoral candidates. Exceptionally and on a case-by-case basis, the program may accept Greeks of the Diaspora, second generation Greeks, and Greeks who permanently reside abroad and have been studying or have been employed in foreign Universities for over 10 or 15 years, depending on the type of scholarship.

Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Program (Application Deadline March 14)

The Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program provides fellowship funding to doctoral students looking to perform research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies in order to complete their dissertation research. Recipients are encouraged to pursue teaching or public service careers upon completion of their doctoral programs.

Global Studies Association of North America 2017 Conference (Application Deadline May 10)

The “Global Social Movements: Left and Right” discussion will occur June 14-16, 2017, with key speakers: Carl Boggs, Doug Kellner and William I. Robinson.

Now accepting 100-word abstracts by May 10, 2017 on all topics examining aspects of globalization. Send your abstract, full name, affiliation, and current email address in the body of an email to Jerry Harris at

Slavic Graduate Student Conference 2017 - Call for Papers

Graduate Student Conference in Slavic Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
A Century of Revolution: Culture, Politics, and People
April 7-8, 2017

College of Education Spring Break Study Trip to France
Spend spring break in local K-12 schools and a university in Lyon, get a glimpse inside the lives of Lyon residents through a home stay, and spend the weekend before you return to the states in Paris!

Please email Jenn at or Jacob at with any questions. 

Information Sessions: Major/Minor in Global Studies
Global Studies majors develop the interdisciplinary knowledge and intercultural skills necessary to analyze and solve contemporary world problems. The Global Studies major fosters respect for diverse ways of living and commitment to sustainability through coursework, advanced language acquisition and study abroad.  The competencies established through the major prepare students for careers in business, communications, education, immigration, international affairs, law, public health and sustainable development.

L.A.S. Global Studies Information sessions for Minor In Global Markets And Society, Certificate In International Development, and Certificate In Global Health
The Minor in Global Markets & Society teaches about interdependent relationship between businesses, governments & individuals. You will study topics such as corporate social responsibility, fair trade, global supply chains, and sustainable business practices, among others.

The Certificate in International Development is ideal for students interested in careers in development & poverty reduction. You will complete courses on development theory and poverty interventions.

The Certificate in Global Health is ideal for students interested in health professions. You will study courses on global provision and global health interventions.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships: Now Accepting Applications 
The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to deepen research knowledge of languages and cultures not generally included in U.S. curricula. More broadly, Fulbright-Hays programs aim to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through educational and cultural exchange.

Opportunities for K-12 Students and Teachers

Teacher Professional Development Workshops 

China: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
March 3, 2017, The Field Museum

March 4, 2017, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, in association with the Confucius Institute at the University of Illinois, the Field Museum of Natural History, and the Center for Global Studies, is offering a two-day seminar for current and pre-service teachers in grades 5-12 and community colleges. This two-day seminar will focus on Chinese history and the role of China in contemporary society. 

The first day will be spent at The Field Museum in Chicago, exploring the Cyrus Tang Hall of China and learning inquiry-based instructional approaches using artifacts from museum collections. This session will be led by educational professionals at The Field Museum. The second day will be spent on the University of Illinois campus learning about China's place on the contemporary world stage. Teachers will be trained in how to use the Choices curriculum program from Brown University.

Foreign Exchanges: The U.S. and the Wider World in the Twentieth Century (Application Deadline March 1)

Foreign Exchanges: The U.S. and the Wider World in the Twentieth Century offers K-12 educators new perspectives for the study of U.S. identities and foreign interactions across the twentieth century - a century that forged the interconnected world our students inhabit today. Our course of study both complements and challenges traditional diplomatic history to bolster teachers' abilities to present a more thorough and nuanced account of American foreign relations, with a particular focus on the regions of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. Here we address traditional topics (e.g. immigration and progressivism, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, etc.) reimagined in vital new ways through a transnational lens. Teachers in the institute will look at the various levels, modes, and structures through which ideas of the "foreign" were constructed and consumed by Americans in the twentieth century, and the consequences of those ideas. Teachers will gain fluency with the richly creative literature of twentieth century transnational U.S. history and learn from some of the field's leading scholars and practitioners.

The U.S. and the Wider World is designed for teachers of U.S. and world history, English language arts, music/art, world languages, and some social sciences. With an emphasis on foreign relations post-1898, the institute asks these enduring questions about the United States and the world: How have Americans defined, debated, and carried out their role in the world? How does the world shape or act upon the United States? How has interacting in the world influenced how Americans think about themselves? How does the United States look when viewed from other regions of the world at different moments in time? The institute will illuminate points of entry in the curriculum where these issues may be addressed and invite teachers to identify others.

We welcome you to learn more about this opportunity through this website or by contacting Ann Marie Gleeson at Primary Source via email or phone (617) 923-9933 ext. 133.

Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program (Application Deadline March 7)

The GPA program supports groups of K-12 teachers, college students, and faculty as they engage in short-term and long-term overseas projects focused on training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies. Short-term projects include seminars, curriculum development, and group research or study. Long-term projects support advanced intensive overseas programs that focus on languages, the humanities, or social sciences.