Apply for the Global Atlanta Innovative Teaching Grants

Call for Proposals 2020-21

The Halle Institute for Global Research and the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence support innovative undergraduate and/or graduate, and postgraduate teaching at Emory. GAIT Grants are open to all full-time regular faculty and post-docs and are available for both individual faculty members and faculty-led teams (which may include post-doctoral scholars and graduate students). Priority will be given to those proposals that promise long-term educational effects within or beyond Emory.   

Grants are up to $3000 and only one proposal per project will be considered. Applicants must have their own speedtype account or be connected to an academic unit that has a speedtype account.

The goal of the GAIT Grants is to create new pedagogies that help students put “Domestic” and “International” issues into conversation by using Global Atlanta as a classroom.  

Examples of past project awardees:

  • Global Feminist Theologies:  Asian and Latina Perspectives. (Joy McDougall, Candler School of Theology) Students engaged with church communities that include many people of Mexican and Korean descent.

  • Multilingual Atlanta. (Hiram Maxim, Emory College of Arts and Sciences)  Students conducted linguistic landscaping in multi-lingual communities in Clarkston and the Buford Highway area.

  • Soccer and Globalization. (Pablo Palomino, Oxford Campus of Emory University) Students conducted research on “futebol” teams around the globe and participated in a seminar with Atlanta United’s president prior to a game.

Other potential directions include, but are not limited to, courses that

  • take advantage of Atlanta global geographies such as Clarkston or the Buford Highway area
  • engage with one or more of Atlanta’s many immigrant groups
  • engage with one or more of the many non-US owned businesses located in Atlanta
  • engage with one or more of the many US-owned businesses located in Atlanta that have global reach
  • consider geographies outside of Atlanta but that are linked to global Atlanta
  • build on existing Emory engagements with Atlanta (for example, the Buford Highway University-Partner Learning Community; the Global Health Institute’s Emory Refugee and Immigrant Health & Wellness Alliance)

Due to the uncertainty of COVID, we ask that your proposal include an in-person plan as well as a remote learning plan, as both may be possible for the Spring 2021 semester.


The submission must include

  1. the proposed innovation
  2. course outline or proposed syllabus
  3. budget
  4. schedule for integration of the proposed project in the class

Please click here to apply by uploading your completed documents online.

Grant proposals will be judged based on three criteria:

  • the suitability of the project for the areas described above;
  • the clarity of educational purpose;
  • the proposed budget being reasonable and sufficient to accomplish the aims.

Grantees will be required to provide a report that includes

  • a final syllabus
  • student evaluations that include students’ opinions of the new approach and how it affected their learning  
  • future plans for this topic
Please note:
  • Only one proposal per project will be considered.
  • Applicants must have their own speedtype account or be connected to an academic unit that has a speedtype account.
  • If accepted, the applicant must commit to two meetings in which GAIT recipients will meet to discuss their projects.
  • Funds cannot be used for honoraria and gift cards of any kind are not allowed.
  • 75% of the total approved funding amount will be disbursed upon selection and receipt of your departmental speedtype.
  • The remaining 25% will be transferred upon submission of the project summary report at the end of the semester.
  • The funds may be used for reimbursements. 
  • Funds may be used for direct expenses only.
  • The funds may not be used to offset regular or summer salary.

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