Global and Area Studies Summer Research Lab

Program Description

The Center for Global Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is pleased to announce fellowships and development grants to support the internationalization of community colleges nationwide. We invite applications from faculty, librarians, and administrators interested in expanding global studies curricula, instruction in less commonly taught languages, library collections or international education programs at their home institutions. Projects for minority-serving institutions are particularly welcome. During their stay, Fellows can work one-on-one with international and area studies reference librarians and explore the unlimited print and online resources of the University of Illinois Library.

To see what 2016 Fellows said about the program, read Derek Shouba’s review on IHEC Blog.


The International and Area Studies Library (IASL) has an extensive service that facilitates access to a wide range of materials related to globalization and global and regional studies. These collections come from Africa, China, the E.U., Japan, Korea, Latin America and the Caribbean, North Africa and the Middle East, Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and South Asia. IASL provides access to workstations; print, digital, and microform collections, online research resources; reference collections, and current issues of over 1,000 periodicals and 110 newspapers in Western and less commonly taught languages. Additionally, Summer Lab participants may set up individual consultation sessions with the Global Studies Librarian and/or other international reference specialists who can provide individualized support and guidance on developing curricula, library collections, and international education programs.

For language instructors, the Global and Area Studies Research Lab offers the opportunity to conduct research and prepare curricula on less commonly taught languages: Arabic, Bamana, Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, Georgian, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lingala, Mandarin, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Quechua, Russian, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Uzbek, Wolof, Yiddish, and Zulu.

For more information on library resources, consult the Global and Area Studies Summer Research Lab Library and Resource Guide and Collection Highlights at Illinois. These guides highlight only a small fraction of resources available for patrons visiting Illinois. You may wish to contact the International Reference Service to explore additional resources.


July 18 – 29, 2016
Participants may spend any amount of time during these dates on campus.

Application Procedure

All applicants are required to submit an online application, a project proposal, CV, and a letter of institutional endorsement. To receive full consideration for funding, apply by May 2, 2016. Applications will be accepted until May 17, 2017. For more details on application requirements, please consult our Application Instructions.

Library Access and Support

During the Summer Lab, participants receive full borrowing privileges and complete access to collections at the University of Illinois Library. The dates of the Global and Area Studies Research Lab (GAS SRL) fall during the University’s Summer Session 2. Please check the Library portal at the beginning of June for a full schedule. When planning your trip, also be aware that in July the library is open for limited hours on weekends.

Joint CGS-REEEC Workshop

The Global and Area Studies Summer Lab is part of a joint initiative between the Center for Global Studies, the International and Area Studies Library, and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) aiming to promote the internationalization of education in Illinois and nationwide. Follow this link for more information on fellowships and the Summer Research Lab at REEEC. Participants in the two programs will be invited to share their work and establish collaborations in a joint workshop that will take place on July 22. Please consult the 2016 Schedule for more information. If you are interested, please indicate your wish to participate in the application form.

Questions?  Please contact:

Steve Witt
Director, Center for Global Studies
Head, International and Area Studies Library
or 217-265-7518

This program is made possible by generous funds from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI Program and by co-sponsorships from the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.