Curriculum Development Support for Middle Eastern or Foreign Language Topics

Extended Application Deadline: June 5, 2023

Faculty from community colleges in Arizona and New Mexico are eligible to apply for these awards.

This fellowship program supports faculty from community colleges in Arizona and New Mexico, who wish to work collaboratively with colleagues at the University of Arizona main campus, on projects aimed to upgrade foreign language courses or to internationalize community college course curricula with Middle Eastern content. Faculty from  Community Colleges in Arizona and New Mexico are invited to apply.

We welcome applications from a variety of fields, including humanities, social sciences, and sciences; applications can be for in-person, online, or hybrid classes. Fellows will receive a $500 stipend per semester and UArizona library privileges. Depending upon the project scope and topic, you may apply for up to two semesters. Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2023, Spring 2024, or both semesters.

Fellowship Project Types

Working in collaboration with University of Arizona colleagues and utilizing UArizona resources, fellows will do either a CMES or a CERCLL project:

  • The CERCLL option is to create, redesign, or expand a course unit or syllabus in a foreign language class, ideally a Less Commonly Taught Language, although others will be considered as well. The course or unit should be expanded with multi-literacies content, inclusive L2 pedagogies, or intercultural perspectives.


  • The CMES option is to create, redesign, or expand a course unit or syllabus to include substantial Middle Eastern-North African (MENA) studies content. For the purposes of this project, the MENA region is defined as: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Fellows may also include Spain, southeast Europe, parts of Africa, South Asia, the former Soviet Union, and other areas with reference to their connections to Middle Eastern history and culture. [Note: Projects may focus on more than one world area as long as one area is the Middle East, and applicants whose projects include Latin America or East Asia may apply separately to the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) or the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) for a semester or more of ISPP funding.]


These fellowships are supported by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) and the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language, and Literacy (CERCLL). The full application details are on the CMES website, here: .