Full-time UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and doctoral students may apply for competitive funding of up to $2,000 to pursue projects related to international business research, teaching and outreach. Applications are accepted in the fall and spring of each year.
Projects must advance the Global Business Center's mandate to advance U.S. global competitiveness or increase students' global competency. GBC focuses, in particular, on the emerging markets of Brazil, China and India.
Faculty and doctoral students from all functional areas are encouraged to apply. Proposals with wide reach and long-term impact are particularly welcome.
Broadly speaking, funding may be awarded in support of:
- Scholarly research – Research on GBC themes and regions intended for publication in high-quality journals, academic workshops and conferences.
- Programming for business and policy communities – Professional training, workshops, seminars and development of policy papers intended for practitioners.
- Course materials development and dissemination – Development of text, audio or multimedia teaching materials, such as teaching cases or video chapters, the extensive revision of existing courses to internationalize business classes or incorporating international business content in non-business courses.
More specifically, funds may be used for:
- Research assistantships
- Travel support for fieldwork
- Data and software acquisition
- Materials procurement
- Expenses related to the organization of a roundtable, symposium or conference
- Travel and accommodation cost for a guest speaker
Individual UNC Kenan-Flagler students and student clubs may apply for funding ranging from $500-$2,000 to develop and execute programs and activities that support GBC's mission of increasing the global competence of business students. Programs that receive support must focus on the emerging markets of Brazil, China or India.
The Global Business Center is particularly interested in initiatives that are sustainable beyond the tenure of the club's leadership, for example, a program or series of activities that can be held annually in partnership with the center.
Activities that may qualify include:
- Workshops that build international business skills
- Case competitions with an international scope
- Speaker series with a global theme
- Conferences that incorporate global topics
Acceptable fund uses include:
- Speaker travel costs
- Venue rental
- Marketing and promotional materials
GBC funds may not be used for food, alcohol or gifts.
Contact the center at for more information.
UNC's Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative offers grants to junior faculty in India to conduct research and create knowledge in the rapidly evolving discipline of sustainable business strategy.
The grant program is managed by UNC Kenan-Flagler's Obama-Singh grant partner, the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB).
For information, contact PD Jose, associate professor of corporate strategy and policy, at IIMB, .