Academics Without Borders – Competition for a $10,000 grant for a Capacity Development Project

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AWB-USF is seeking proposals for capacity building projects in institutions of higher education in low or medium development countries. A grant of up to $10,000 will be awarded to one project to be carried out beginning in 2016.

Deadline for proposals: December 15, 2015

AWB-USF is a Canadian bilingual NGO, based in Montreal. Its mission is to support capacity development in tertiary education in developing countries. AWB-USF has representatives in 65 Canadian universities and colleges and has partnerships with several universities and with associations connected to higher education and development. Since 2009, it has done over 60 projects in 14 countries, including, Benin, Bhutan, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Sierra Leone.

AWB-USF carries out its mission by supporting strategic projects in higher education institutions in developing countries and working with talented and committed people there who are initiating and sustaining institutional growth and change. It does this by sending academic volunteers, including active and retired staff, faculty, and administrators from Canada and other countries to support these local initiatives. See the website for more information.

If your project is chosen, AWB-USF will ask the volunteer to sign a contract and the partner institution in the developing world to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with our organization.


Capacity development at tertiary level institutions

AWB-USF will award the grant to a project that develops the capacity of tertiary level institutions to produce graduates that can aid a country develop, for example, in disciplines such as the health sciences, engineering, education, business, and agronomy or that strengthen the administrative skills and infrastructure of a tertiary level institution, for example, through assisting in upgrading its registry office, information technology, finance department, strategic planning, or services for students, including students with disabilities. The winning project can fall within the social sciences or humanities, if it is shown how the project is important for a country’s development, regarding for example, such matters as gender, family, youth, governance, or other community or political issues.
Building on Established Relationships.

This Call for Proposals is designed to build on established relationships between faculty, staff and administrators and their colleagues in tertiary level institutions in developing countries. The relationship can be informal and need not involve a prior development project. The existing knowledge, networks and trust between the academics and their partners in the developing world provide a context for cooperation that contributes to sustainable change.

For more information including Eligibility, details of AWB-USF eligible costs, Proposal Guidelines, Selection Process, please review the attached document and visit the Organization’s website.


Contact Information

Jason Darby
Research Funding Manager, US & International | (416) 946-5568

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