International Studies Research Lab

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The Center for Global Studies (CGS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is excited to announce the 2022 International Studies Research Lab (ISRL), an initiative that promotes the internationalization of community colleges nationwide. CGS invites applications from faculty, librarians, and administrators interested in expanding global and area studies curricula, instruction in less commonly taught languages, library collections, or international education programs at their home institutions. The Center is a National Resource Center supported by Title VI funds from the US Department of Education.

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The lab will start virtually on July 11th and an optional in-person week will be held on  July 18th - 22nd. Those who choose to participate in-person will need to follow the UIUC's COVID-19 Guidelines that are listed below On July 21nd, ISRL will hold a  collaborative workshop which participants can share their work, discuss research progress, and establish collaborations. Other events include social check-in sessions, guest speakers and a library orientation. Final research submissions are due August 5th. 







July       11





12:00 Virtual - Kickoff workshop

Meeting ID: 842 4674 3520
Password: 565104




Virtual - End of week Check In


Meeting ID: 857 7751 4942

Password: 368919







9:00 am In-person Library Orientation & Breakfast

Main Library 309



Hybrid Coffee Hour

Meeting ID: 876 3421 4539

Password: 820404


Main Library 309


12- 4

Hybrid Closing Workshop (lunch)


Meeting ID: 844 1618 7290

Password: 845662


Main Library 309





To apply, you must be faculty or an administrator at a 2-year community college or a 4-year university that offers associate degrees. The Center for Global Studies particularly encourages applications from minority-serving institutions.

To demonstrate the extend of your research by the end of the lab, you are expected to submit a research or program plan. This can be a draft or current syllabus, an abstract and white paper, a library collection development abstract, or a draft plan for a new international education program. These materials will be published in our institutional repository, IDEALS.



Participation in the ISRL provides resources and time for research otherwise unavailable to applicants. ISRL offers the opportunity and funding to assist with the creation of materials to help internationalize your curriculum or college. Stipends for lodging are available for those who want to participate in-person during the week of July 18th.  Research stipends  are available contingent upon receipt of completed research materials. For details, please refer to our funding page.


Research Support

Books at the University Library

CGS will connect you with subject librarians from the university’s International and Area Studies Library to provide specialized reference support for your research needs. The library 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 EU, Japan, Korea, Latin America and the Caribbean, North Africa and the Middle East, Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and South Asia. The library's holdings include current issues of over 1,000 periodicals and 110 newspapers in Western and less commonly taught languages.

The International and Area Studies Library is part of the University of Illinois Library, the largest library (by number of items) at any public institution of higher learning in the United States. You will receive courtesy access to the University Library collection for the duration of the lab. Via digital library privileges, you will have the opportunity to search among thousands of online journals and databases. For physical (print) items, we will work to find online versions or scan book portions as needed.

if you are a language instructor, the International Studies Research Lab offers the opportunity to conduct research and prepare curricula on less commonly taught languages including Arabic, Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, French, German, Modern Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Quechua, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Ukrainian, Uzbek, Wolof, Yiddish, and Zulu.

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An in-person library orientation will introduce participants to the library's services, discovery tools, and collections. This is tentatively planned for July 18th. 

Over the course of the lab, weekly coffee hour sessions will enable participants to discuss their work, socialize, and share ideas. 

The ISRL will culminate with a virtual Collaborative Workshop at which participants will have the opportunity to share their work, discuss research progress, and establish collaborations. Other events include social check-in sessions and a library orientation. Guest speakers will offer you insight into the process of internationalizing curriculum, programs, and library collections. The Collaborative Workshop will take place sometime during the week of July 22nd. 

COVID-19 Guidelines 

To protect the safety of staff, participants, and the community, proof of COVID -19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test is required for all participants. Printed or digital proof must be presented showing full vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of camp arrival. At-home COVID-19 test results will not be accepted. 

Face coverings are mandatory for all indoor activities pending any changes in state guidance. Face coverings may be removed when actively eating or drinking. 

For more information, please visit the university's COVID-19 information page.


For further information, please contact the Center for Global Studies at

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 Russian, East European and Eurasian Center, and the European Union Center.


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