Summer Institutes

$500-$1250 Stipends for High School and Community College Teachers of African Languages

Deadline: April 1, 2018 (Stipends will be awarded in a rolling basis starting January 15, 2017 until all funding has been used)

The African Studies Initiative at the Institute for Global Studies and CARLA are collaborating to offer $500-$1250 stipends for educators of African Languages (including Arabic and Portuguese) in order to attend a CARLA summer institute. Any K-14 educator who teaches an African language, including Arabic and Portuguese, is eligible to apply. Minneapolis/St Paul area educators are eligible for the $500 stipend.  Educators taking an online course are eligible for the $500 stipend.  Educators who travel more than 100 miles to attend a CARLA institute are eligible for the $1250 stipend. (Note: University of MN instructors are not eligible for this stipend; they may apply for the U of MN LCTL Teacher Scholarship listed above.)

The full line-up of institutes can be found on the CARLA summer institute website.

To apply:

  1. Fill out the Online Google Application Form
  2. Submit a one-page resume and a one-page letter of introduction in which you address how the stipend will aid your professional development and how the Summer Institute will aid your teaching of the African less commonly taught language.  Please email the resume and letter of introduction to Deborah Jane at or send to                             

Deborah Jane
Institute for Global Studies
University of Minnesota
214 Social Science Building
267-19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

You will be notified of your application status two weeks after you submit your application.

Please note: You will be required to register and pay for the institute ahead of time. The $500-$1250 stipends will be processed following the conclusion of the institute. Payment is typically received within 3-4 weeks.

Questions about the application process? Contact Deborah Jane or 612-624-7346

Questions about the CARLA summer institute program? Contact the CARLA office

Taking Action: Acting Locally Linking Globally

Date: June 18-21, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Place: TBD
CEUs: 30
Cost: $100 

Are you a K-16 educator Interested in incorporating action into your course of study? Thinking about how to build empathy and understanding for local action in a global context?  Wanting to relate civic engagement to global competencies? Wondering where to start? Join educators steeped in these areas for an immersive experience in preparing students to become active in their communities and world. Daily international lunches, field trips, related readings, and experiential activities included.  Institute leads are Maddy Wegner of youthrive, Julie Bascom of Edina Schools, and Deborah Jane of the Institute for Global Studies. (There are a limited number of $750 stipends available for those educators attending this institute and interested in adapting their African related curriculum to include community action the following week, June 25-29, 2018  Taking Action Curriculum Development)


Taking Action Curriculum Development 

Date: June 25-29,2018
Time: 9:00-4:30 pm
Place: TBD, West Bank UMN
CEUs: 40
Cost: free (but must be registered for Taking Action: Acting Locally Linking Globally summer institute)
Registration deadline:  until full.  (Stipends will be awarded in a rolling basis starting January 15, 2018 until all funding has been used)
Register here to be considered

The African Studies Initiative is pleased to announce a paid opportunity for experienced K-14 teachers working with African content who are attending the summer institute Taking Action: Acting Locally Linking GloballyJune 18-21, 2018. During the week following the summer institute, from June 25-29, those educators accepted to the program will work alongside other K-14 teachers and pre service teachers to develop African related curriculum linked with taking action.

Position Benefits

  • Professional Experience - develop curriculum on African content for Institute for Global Studies web resource page
  • Teach - share your global perspectives and experiences
  • Paid position: earn stipend of $750

Position Requirements

  • Must be a currently licensed teacher
  • Must be eligible for employment
  • Must develop curriculum with lesson plans linking African content and taking action
  • Must be available from 9;00-4:30 from June 18-21 (must be registered for Taking Action: Acting Locally, Linking Globally summer institute) and June 25-29,2018 (during curriculum development institute).


June 18-21,2018  participate in Taking Action: Acting Locally, Linking Globally summer institute
June 25-29, 2018 participate in Taking Action Curriculum Development


Develop complete lessons and units containing African content and taking action steps which will be shared at Institute for Global Studies Educator Resources

Madagascar Study Tour

Dates: July 27-August 10, 2018
Deborah Jane, from the University of Minnesota African Studies Initiative,  has been invited by Boston University staff to help facilitate the academic portion of the Global Exploration for Educators Organization trip to Madagascar this summer.  A few openings for educator participants are still available.  In addition to the organized educational trip itself, participants will receive CEUs, country-specific lesson plans and teaching resources, and post-trip curriculum development support.  Join Deborah and others on an amazing trip this summer.  

See Boston University program flyer here with information about available stipends for educators coming from Minority Serving Institutions.

See trip information here.