Academics Without Borders (AWB) is a nonprofit organization that mounts international projects in partnership with universities in the Global South. Its mission is to support capacity development in higher education in developing countries so that these countries can educate the experts and professionals that are necessary for their development. It does this by sending expert volunteers from Canada and other countries to support local initiatives. AWB projects focus on a number of areas, including but not limited to health, teaching and learning methodology, various academic disciplines, student services, and back office operations. That is, in any area in which institutions of higher education are involved. 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.

Given the uncertainties regarding international travel during the course of the pandemic, in this call for project proposals, AWB encourages submissions that can be implemented in whole or in part online.


Open to current or retired faculty or staff members of an AWB Network institution.  When travel is involved, the volunteer 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 that is willing to enter into a partnership with AWB.  The project must be a priority for the partner institution in the developing world and the institution must be willing to be an active collaborator on the project. The initiative must contribute to sustainable institutional development.

This call for project proposals is designed to build on established relationships between you and your colleagues at an institution of higher education in a developing country. The existing knowledge, networks, and trust between you and the people with whom you have worked contributes to sustainable change.


All expenses directly related to the AWB project are covered by AWB or the partner institution in the developing world, including online platform costs (​to facilitate remote connections)​, 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.

The partner institution must cover the costs of their staff, laboratory and/or classroom space and equipment, office expenses, and publication necessary for the project’s success.  They are also expected to provide accommodations, local transportation, and, if possible, a stipend to cover local costs for the volunteer(s).


Application Deadline: March 7, 2022 (Please submit project proposals to Corrie Young at cyoung@awb-usf.org.)

Decision on initial applications: March 21, 2022

Second Step Deadline: May 2, 2022

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.

Please submit project proposals by March 7, 2022 to Corrie Young at cyoung@awb-usf.org.

For complete details on this call for proposals, click here.

Note that AWB will provide a copy of your proposal to the AWBNetwork contact person at your institution for their information.

Useful Links

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


At Academics Without Borders:

For any questions concerning this call for proposals, please contact Corrie Young at cyoung@awb-usf.org

At Carleton International:

If you would like assistance with proposal development or for more information, please contact Sylvie Jasen.