Cluster of Excellence

Global Society & Sustainable Development

Our Global Society and Sustainable Development initiatives foster the growth of the next generation of environmental leaders through examining the needs of the world’s populations in tandem with a concern for preserving resources for future generations.

Cluster of Excellence

Global Health

The Global Health Initiative at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign engages global health issues through interdisciplinary problem-solving, research, training, and international exchange.

Area Studies Center At

University of Illinois

The Center for Global Studies globalizes the research, teaching, and outreach missions of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Center is a National Resource Center in Global Studies designated by the U.S. Department of Education

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Global Knowledge


The Center for Global Studies contributes to the Global Studies Library’s collection development. Our Global Knowledge Efforts also facilitate research, teaching and outreach in the area of new information technologies, government policies, and emerging social/communication networks.

Cluster of Excellence

Global Governance

(Security/Law/Human Rights)

CGS facilitates research, teaching and outreach on Security & Natural Resource Conflict as a global issue through an undergraduate certificate, course development, academic conferences and publications, teacher workshops, and informed lectures.


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The Center for Global Studies at Illinois

The Center for Global Studies globalizes the research, teaching, and outreach missions of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Center is a National Resource Center in Global Studies designated by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Supplemental FLAS Competition for Academic Year 2019-20


Thanks to a late increase in funding from the U.S. Department of Education, CGS will be able to offer several supplementary FLAS fellowships to support graduate and undergraduate study in academic year 2019-20. This competition will be held in Fall 2019 (with an application deadline of October 15) and will be a one-time supplement to the regular competition that was held in January of 2019.  If you have applied last January but were not awarded a FLAS, we encourage you to re-submit your application for these supplementary awards. New applicants are also welcome.

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The Center for Global Studies was honored to attend the Global Studies Consortium hosted by the Global and European Studies Institute at the University of Leipzig in June. The consortium met to share curricula and ideas about teaching programs, exchange teaching materials, including lectures and reading lists, facilitate cooperative teaching projects, such as distance learning, on both bilateral and multilateral levels, develop surveys of student career paths, and share information about employment and internships for students and encourage student and faculty exchange agreements.

We are proud to share that our director, Steven Witt, was named a visiting professor at Dokkyo University in Sōka, Japan!





CGS-Sponsored Global Health High School Program Featured By ABET

Read about CGS affiliates Jenny Amos and Kenny Long and their work with Njala University in Sierra Leone.

We’re proud to partner with Jenny and Kenny in their work.

Learn more about the Global Health program.


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