CC/MSI Opportunities

The European Union Center (EUC) is committed to providing educational and professional opportunities to faculty at Community Colleges (CC) and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI) in Illinois. Please explore the following links for current opportunities and application instructions. We are happy to answer any questions at

Open Call for Applications: Summer 2022 Course Development Grants for 2022-23 Area Studies Courses at Community Colleges and Minority-Serving Institutions (Deadline: Sunday, May 15 at 11:59 P.M. CDT)

The European Union Center at the University of Illinois is pleased to offer summer funding to support ongoing curricular innovation involving European studies in the 2022-23 academic year. These grants may support in- person, online, or hybrid instruction on topics having to do with Europe, international studies, or the instruction of a language of Europe. Funds may be used to help faculty transition current courses to online formats, to support the development of new online, in-person, or hybrid courses, including through virtual exchange with partners abroad. Awards are earmarked for faculty at community colleges (CCs) and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) in Illinois or surrounding Midwestern states (read here about one profile of work on virtual exchange at community colleges, or here for a reflection by a faculty member at an HBCU supported in a past cycle). Grants will be offered on a competitive basis in the amount of up to $2,000.

For more information, please see the call for proposals here.

Grant ApplicationsThe University of Illinois is pleased to offer funding for professional and educational travel, course development, and events related to European Union studies for faculty at CCs/MSIs. These funds are available through the EUC's Department of Education Title VI grant. Please visit the Faculty Funding page for application instructions and examples of past grants. The EUC is currently collaborating with the Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education (MIIIE) to sponsor a CC Teams 2020-2024 project and provide a community college — selected through a competitive proposal process — with $10,000 to enhance its international and intercultural programming with a regional focus on Europe and the Middle East. Please see here for a selection of recent CC/MSI grant proposals funded by the EU Center.

EU Studies Conference: CC and MSI faculty are encouraged to attend and present at our annual EU Studies Conference, which brings together regional college faculty, scholars, and graduate students with the aim of advancing research and teaching on the European Union at universities and four-year and two-year colleges in Illinois and the Midwest. It facilitates the building of a dynamic network for regional educators and scholars with interests in EU studies by presenting them with an intimate venue to share current research and ideas about teaching, develop new professional relationships, and learn about opportunities sponsored by the EU Center.

Summer Curriculum WorkshopThis workshop is hosted by the EU Center for K-12 teachers and community college faculty. The workshop has been held in both an in-person and virtual format, and it features topics supporting coursework in foreign language, world & US history, economics, politics, and more. You can find more details on workshop themes and content on the Curriculum Workshop page.

Brussels Study TourThe Brussels Study Tour is a five-day funded trip to Brussels, Belgium aimed at providing participants with the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge and experiences to further their understanding of Europe and the European Union. The EU Center will select 1-2 participants through a competitive application process and cover participants’ airfare, six nights double (shared) occupancy in a four-star hotel located in the EU Quarter, a per diem for meals, and administrative fees up to a total of $2,250. For examples of tour opportunities, please see the 2019 itinerary