Call for Applications: International Studies Partnership Program


Curriculum Development Support for Middle Eastern or Foreign Language Topics

Deadline to Apply: June 5, 2023

This fellowship program, through the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) and the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language, and Literacy (CERCLL), supports selected faculty from community colleges in Arizona to work collaboratively with colleagues at the University of Arizona main campus, on projects aimed to internationalize community college course curricula with Middle Eastern content or to upgrade foreign language learning in any foreign language. Faculty from  Arizona and New Mexico Community Colleges (including tribal colleges)  are invited to apply.

We welcome applications from a variety of fields, including humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Fellows will receive a $500 stipend per semester and UArizona library privileges. Depending upon the project scope and topic, you may apply for up to two semesters. Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2023, Spring 2024, or both semesters.

Fellowship Project Requirements

Working in collaboration with University of Arizona colleagues and utilizing UA resources, fellows will do one of two types of projects: CMES projects or CERCLL projects. We recommend that applicants consult with their department heads at an early stage of project development to ensure that the proposed unit/class can be taught. We welcome applications for in-person, online, and hybrid classes. 

The CMES option is to create, redesign, or expand a course unit or syllabus to include substantial Middle Eastern-North African (MENA) studies content. For the purposes of this project, the MENA region is defined as: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Fellows may also include Spain, southeast Europe, parts of Africa, South Asia, the former Soviet Union, and other areas with reference to their connections to Middle Eastern history and culture. [Note: Projects may focus on more than one world area as long as one area is the Middle East, and applicants whose projects include Latin America or East Asia may apply separately to the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) or the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) for a semester or more of ISPP funding.]  

The CERCLL option is to create, redesign, or expand a course unit or syllabus in a foreign language class, ideally a Less Commonly Taught Language, although others will be considered as well. The course or unit should be expanded with multi-literacies content, inclusive L2 pedagogies, or intercultural perspectives.

Scope of Participation

During the fellowship term, each fellow will be paired with a UA faculty colleague with expertise relating to the subject of the proposed project. Fellows are expected to communicate – by email, Zoom, phone, or in-person – with their UA colleague at least three times during the semester. We recommend meeting at the outset of the project, midway through the semester, and when the project has been fully developed.  

Fellows are expected to create their fellowship project, to allow publication of their project, with attribution, on the Community College Curriculum Internationalization website, and to teach the unit/course. After teaching the unit/course, fellows are invited to provide updates to the project as posted on the website as appropriate. Fellows are also strongly encouraged to participate in at least one CMES/CLAS/CEAS/CERCLL workshop.

Fellowship Terms

Fellows will receive a stipend of $500 per semester, as well as access to UA and CMES library resources. The Stipend will be paid when the final version of the curriculum development project is received by CMES or CERCLL The fellowship term may last for one or two semesters. Individual project length may vary depending on project scope and topic. If you apply for two semesters, you should describe how you would modify two different major units or courses or develop a new course

Application instructions: Please fill out this form ( attach required documents to apply for an ISPP Fellowship. 

Questions?  Please contact Abby Limmer, (CMES), or Kate Mackay, (CERCLL).



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