Academics Without Borders (AWB) is not a funding agency but a nonprofit organization that mounts international projects in partnership with universities in the Global South. Its fundamental operating principle is that its international partners identify, themselves, the areas in which cooperation is needed and they take the lead in project design and implementation. AWB provides the expert volunteers necessary for these projects. After volunteers have completed their assignments, it is the partner institutions, themselves, which sustain the projects’ activities.

Carleton faculty and staff are invited to submit a proposal introducing a capacity-building project in an institution of higher education in the Global South. The proposal must conform with AWB’s mission and operating principles and be in countries in which AWB works.

With new funding from Mastercard Foundation, AWB is poised to ramp up the number of projects they are able to undertake. They are especially eager for submissions as they will be able to approve a greater number of strong proposals in this call than would otherwise have been the case.

Carleton International is holding a free information session on AWB opportunities for Carleton faculty and staff on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.  For details on the event and to register, please click here.


Open to current or retired faculty member, administrator, or member of staff of a university or college that belongs to AWB’s Network of Canadian universities.  Must be willing to spend the time at the partner institution in the developing world to realize the goals of the project.

The partner institution in the developing world must be a public or private non-profit institution of higher education accredited by a national agency.  The partner institutions in the developing world must cover the costs of their staff, laboratory and/or classroom space and equipment, office expenses, and publication necessary for the project’s success.  The partner institution in the developing world is expected to provide accommodations, local transportation, and, if possible, a stipend to cover local costs for the volunteer(s).


Funding Available

All expenses directly related to the AWB project are covered by AWB or the partner institution in the developing world, including economy air travel, airport transfers, medical and travel insurance, visa, necessary vaccinations and medications, in-transit costs for hotels and meals, and stipend for living expenses.  AWB does not cover the cost of equipment or books and does not provide a salary or honorarium for its volunteers.


Application Deadline: Friday, November 8, 2019 (Please submit project proposals to Corrie Young at cyoung@awb-usf.org.)

Decision on initial applications: Friday, November 22, 2019

Second Step Deadline: Friday, January 10, 2020

Submitting Your Application

The process is in two stages.

1. Submission of a first stage application introducing a capacity-building project proposal in an institution of higher learning in a low-income country.

2. If the proposal meets the eligibility requirements, it moves to a second stage in which AWB contacts the partner institution and invites a more fully developed project proposal.

Useful Links

  • For further details about the application process, eligibility criteria and submission requirements, click here.
  • For more information on AWB, click here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your proposal, please contact Carlos Vargas.