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Global Classrooms Funding Initiative


The University of Toronto is committed to providing all students with access to a globally relevant education through a variety of pathways, including through multiple types of learning abroad opportunities, through research exchanges, through the Global Citizens and Global Scholars initiatives, and through Global Classrooms.

Global Classrooms (GC) offer an accessible way to internationalize teaching and learning experiences by combining global and cross-cultural collaborations with technology, enabling faculty and instructors to work closely with peers abroad. GCs benefit students and organizations in participating regions by offering a cost-effective complement to student mobility, as well as creating pathways to international exchange and study abroad.

There is no one way to create a global classroom. The nomenclature of “Global Classroom” is intentionally open to allow for variations and approaches that are discipline-, region-, and challenge-specific. As described on this website, which is a resource for faculty considering global classrooms, a global classroom can be roughly divided into low, medium and high touch.

The Global Classrooms Initiative welcomes partnerships with institutions and organizations that support students underrepresented in global learning, including but not limited to Black, Indigenous, persons of colour, low-income and students with disabilities.

This funding competition will support costs identified by faculty in all three types of engagements.   

Eligible expenses associated with low and medium touch global classrooms cannot exceed $3000. High touch GCs may have higher costs; as such a budget of up to $10,000 will be considered by the review committee. Examples of eligible costs are given in the budget section below. Applications for Global Classroom funded previously will require a financial contribution from their division and will be considered for partial funding only.  As part of their application, applicants may make requests for support from the staff in the Centre for International Experience (CIE) and local campus teams to assist with outreach to partners, designing the learning experience, program development and administrative assistance.

Global classrooms funded through this competition must take place in the fall term of 2022 and/or the winter or summer terms of 2023. Applications may be for more than one term.

Sessional Lecturers are eligible to apply if their department chair, in the department in which the course is being taught, indicates their support by signing off on the application.

Applicants are encouraged to work with local campus teams in developing their proposals. These teams can also help address questions about/connect applicants with IT, teaching support or other resources as needed. To discuss your application in advance, please contact global.classrooms@utoronto.ca for St. George; international.utm@utotonto.ca for UTM; and Alyssa.graham@utoronto.ca; and for UTSC. Your query will be directed to the appropriate person. View the proposal form.

Applicants are encouraged to build on pre-existing international partnerships as well as engage new community and academic partners as appropriate. 

Successful applicants will also be expected to participate in a workshop in Spring 2023 to share best practices and learnings regarding their Global Classroom.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) & Majority Black Graduating Institutions: Global Classrooms that partner with HBCUs and Majority Black Graduating Institutions in the United States are encouraged.  Please indicate in your proposal if you will be partnering with one of these institutions.   If you are unsure if the institution you are partnering with is a Majority Black Graduating Institution, please contact global.classrooms@utoronto.ca to discuss. Successful applicants will also be expected to participate in a workshop in Spring 2023 to share best practices and learnings regarding their Global Classroom.

Timeline

April 11Launch call for proposals
On or before May 13Submission of (up to) three-page proposal
Week of June 6Decision on funded proposals

Please note, if you are applying for funding for a 2022 summer class, you may submit your application at any time before the deadline, and we will endeavour to review and respond within a week.

All queries related to this funding competition should be directed to global.classrooms@utoronto.ca