Capacity Building in Higher Education

Academics Without Borders (AWB) is a Montreal-based, not-for-profit organization that supports capacity building projects in the higher education sector in low- and middle-income countries. These projects are aimed at increasing the local capacity of universities, in order to further advance their academic and research goals, as well as contribute to their own countries’ human development. AWB offers volunteer-based opportunities for Canadian university faculty members and staff interested in joining existing projects or applying for new ones.

Examples of projects:

  • Building academic programs
  • Curriculum development
  • Graduate workshop
  • Improving pedagogy
  • Policy assessment
  • Research capacity
  • University governance

AWB projects are conceived to build on established relationships between faculty members or staff and their colleagues at collaborating tertiary institutions. The partner university is expected to cover part of the costs, and lead the design and implementation of projects. AWB might cover the following expenses:

  • Airport transfers
  • Economy air travel
  • In-transit costs for hotels and meals
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Necessary vaccinations and medications
  • Stipend for living expenses
  • Visa

Carleton volunteers have been involved in several projects:

  • Local-based internationalization of higher education frameworks (current) | Colombia
  • Pedagogical strategies and quality of education for faculty members | Thailand
  • Academic writing and research development | South Africa
  • Strategic planning | Uganda
  • Capacity building and conflict resolution | Sudan


Carleton faculty members and staff interested in AWB opportunities can apply. Future calls for proposals or existing project opportunities will be published on this page.

  1. Volunteer Opportunity: Mentoring in Best Teaching Practices at African Development University, Niger
    “AWB is seeking volunteers to act as faculty mentors to enhance the teaching skills of the faculty associates. Specifically, the faculty associates need to learn how to best serve the students in their role as the intermediary between the students and the offsite faculty course instructors. The activity of the onsite faculty associate will be crucial to optimizing student engagement and learning in the online course format. Deadline: June 24, 2021

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For questions, please contact:

Carlos Vargas
International Outreach Manager
Carleton International