International Opportunities for Faculty
Competitive funding of up to $3,000 is available to faculty to develop courses, programs, or projects with a global component that involve Barnard students. Examples include:
- “Semester embedded” programs, in which a semester course includes a global component that takes place during the spring break or at the end of the semester
- Collaborative Online International Learning courses, or COIL courses, in which a faculty member builds into the syllabus an online project with a faculty colleague and students abroad
- Summer study away programs for credit
Proposals should include a brief description of the proposed program and a concrete plan for developing it, including a tentative timeline.
The Global Innovation Fund is on hold for the 2020-21 academic year. Please contact Giorgio DiMauro, Associate Provost for International Initiatives and Special Projects, at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the timeline for submitting a proposal.
Proposing a Faculty-Led Program
Faculty are encouraged to develop short-term programs off-campus (either internationally or domestically).
The Barnard Global office can help faculty by:
• Providing guidance and feedback on developing an experientially-rich program
• Recommending potential partners and providers abroad
• Negotiating agreements and contracts and making payments
• Developing program budgets
• Supporting program outreach, admissions, and pre-departure processes
• Providing safety and security training and responding to emergencies
The next round of proposals for semester embedded programs is April 2, 2021. All proposals are reviewed by the Faculty Advisory Committee on Internationalization (FACI) in conjunction with the Associate Provost for International Initiatives
In conjunction with FACI, the Barnard Global office has developed these guidelines for faculty-led programs. There are currently three types of faculty-led program abroad, based on whether the program is for academic credit and the type of credit provided:
1) Summer Term faculty-led program for credit
Programs must be a minimum of four weeks for Summer Term in order to count as a regular 3-credit course. Faculty salary and costs are included in the program fee.
2) Semester Embedded program
Faculty are encouraged to develop programs abroad in conjunction with their semester teaching. The abroad component should be closely tied to the academic focus of the semester course and should take advantage of the location as a way to deepen the students’ understanding of the subject matter. The time abroad can take place either at the end of the semester or during the spring break.
3) Short-term faculty-led program abroad not for credit
Faculty are encouraged to develop programs abroad that are not tied to academic credit but would enhance Barnard undergraduates’ understanding of a particular subject area, region, or country. Examples include involving undergraduates in research projects abroad, having them participate in professional conferences and symposia, or engaging them in service-learning or volunteer opportunities. Programs that provide a capstone experience abroad for majors are particularly encouraged.
It is strongly recommended that faculty interested in proposing a trip meet with Giorgio DiMauro, Associate Provost for International Initiatives and Special Projects, ahead of submitting an application.
For proposing a Semester Embedded program during 2021-22: April 2, 2021
For proposing a Summer 2022 program: October 1, 2021
Please submit the appropriate program proposal form, as well as a preliminary budget, syllabus and itinerary to Giorgio DiMauro at email@example.com.
Fulbright Scholars Program
Applications are due by September 14, 2020 for the Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar program. Awards are available for teaching, research or combination teaching/research in all academic disciplines. To view the open awards by discipline, region, country, or activity, visit the Catalog of Awards.
Barnard faculty should be in touch with Giorgio DiMauro, Associate Provost for International Initiatives and the Fulbright Scholars Program Liaison, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Barnard students interested in applying for the Fulbright Student Program should be in touch with the Beyond Barnard office at email@example.com.
Sponsoring an International Scholar
Full-time Barnard faculty members may apply to sponsor a visiting international scholar through Barnard's J-1 program. The sponsoring department must first have the appointment reviewed and approved by the President’s Advisory Committee on Appointments, Tenure, and Promotion (ATP). The procedure for requesting the appointment of a Visiting Scholar is available here.
The following documentation will be required:
• A letter of support from the department chair, which includes a description of the anticipated benefits of the association, the scholarly research to be conducted, and the specific term of the appointment
• The candidate’s current curriculum vitae
Requests should be submitted to Dr. Christopher Barthel, Associate Director of Faculty Support Services in the Office of the Provost, 101 Milbank Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-854-8365) no later than October 1 for appointments commencing the following spring and March 1 for appointments commencing the following fall.
Once the appointment has been approved by the ATP Committee, please submit the following documentation to Dr. Giorgio DiMauro, Associate Provost for International Initiatives, 202 LeFrak Center (email@example.com, 212-854-7430):
1. A completed application_to_sponsor_a_j-status_visiting_international_scholar.docx, signed by the sponsoring faculty member
2. Appointment letter signed by the Provost
3. A copy of the information page of the visiting scholar's passport
4. A letter of financial support from the visiting scholar's funding institution or proof of private funds from a bank at a minimum of $2,500 a month for one individual
Please note the following important parameters when considering J-1 status for a visiting international scholar:
• The stay of a J-1 exchange visitor coming to the United States as Professor or Research Scholar is limited to five (5) years, including any previous continuous time spent at another institution under J-1 status.
• If you wish to sponsor a J-1 exchange visitor for longer than six (6) months, and if the visitor has held J-1 or J-2 status at any other institution for longer than six (6) months in the past year, there is a bar on repeat participation. Please consult with the Associate Provost for International Initiatives.
• Under certain circumstances, J-1 scholars may be subject to a two-year home residency requirement upon completion of the J-1 program: 1) if the scholar is directly receiving US or home government funding, 2) if the scholar’s area of expertise appears on the home country’s skills list, or 3) the scholar is receiving graduate medical training.
• U.S. immigration law prohibits J-1 sponsorship for appointments for tenured or tenurable positions.
Weiss Fellowship for Visiting International Scholars
The Weiss Fellowship was established by a generous benefactor to support visits to Barnard by distinguished international critics and scholars.
To be a Weiss Fellow, a candidate must meet three basic criteria: (1) the candidate must be a foreign national (i.e., not a citizen of the United States) and should not be residing long-term in the United States, (2) the candidate must conduct research on topics that are global in nature, and (3) the scholar’s visit to Barnard must include a lecture that is offered to the greater Barnard community. All full-time Barnard Faculty Members are eligible to apply to sponsor a Weiss Fellow.
While there is a preference for scholars who specialize in the arts and the humanities, scholars in the social sciences, natural sciences and math will also be considered, especially if their public lecture and other activities on campus highlight interdisciplinary connections with the arts and humanities.
Faculty Members who sponsor a Weiss Fellow are also encouraged to ask the Weiss Fellow to engage with our undergraduates—e.g., giving a guest lecture or teaching a module in a course (or courses), offering a master class or workshop for students, consulting with students on projects.
Please note that a Faculty Member may apply to sponsor a Weiss Fellow whether or not a particular individual has already been identified for the role. In one case, a Faculty Member may know (even if only by reputation) a scholar in a particular field who could lecture on a global issue that would be of general interest to the Barnard community. In another case, a Faculty Member may want to fill a particular need (for example, to identify a guest lecturer who could represent a non-Western tradition of literature, history, music, etc.) and could apply for funding for a Weiss Fellow and then, once funding has been approved, solicit applications for that particular Weiss Fellowship through professional list-servs.
If you have any questions regarding the definition of a Weiss Fellow and the appropriate use of these funds, please contact Giorgio DiMauro, Dean for International and Global Strategy, at 212.854.7430 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply to sponsor a Weiss Fellow
Faculty Members interested in inviting a scholar, critic, or artist to be a Weiss International Visiting Fellow should prepare the following materials:
(1) A short explanation (1-2 pages) of the objectives for inviting a Weiss Fellow to campus. The explanation should address the following questions:
- If the scholar has already been identified:
- What is the scholar’s name, country of origin, and current country of residence, and is the scholar affiliated with any particular institution of higher education (or, in the case of an artist or critic, with a particular company or organization)?
- What is the scholar’s field of research, and how is it global in nature? What makes the scholar (or critic or artist) particularly distinguished in that field?
- What is the proposed title and topic of the lecture that the scholar would deliver to the general Barnard community, and what is the proposed date for the lecture? What particular opportunity does this lecture offer the Barnard community to enhance their knowledge of and/or conversations about a particular global issue?
- What are some other ways in which the scholar would engage Barnard faculty and/or students to enhance their knowledge of and/or conversations about a particular topic that is global in nature?
If the scholar has not yet been identified, but the desired profile is known:
- What would be the purpose of bringing an international scholar to campus in this particular case? What particular need would an international scholar fulfill in your teaching and/or research pursuits at this time?
- What would be the ideal field of research of the scholar, and how would you advertise the role in order to attract a researcher who is particularly distinguished in the field and whose work is appropriately global in nature?
- What plan do you have for the scholar to engage Barnard faculty and/or students, in or out of the classroom, with regard to a particular topic that is global in nature?
- What sort of open lecture would you like to hear from a scholar with such a profile, and what particular opportunity would that lecture offer the Barnard community to enhance their knowledge of and/or conversations about a particular global issue?
(2) A detailed budget proposal for the Weiss Fellow’s visit
- The specifics of the budget proposal will vary in each case, and may or may not include costs for honoraria, travel, accommodation, per diem, and event details (e.g., programs, catering).
These materials should be submitted the semester before the proposed visit: by December 1st for a scholar to come in the spring semester, and by May 1st for a scholar to come in the fall semester. Please submit materials by email to Giorgio DiMauro, Dean for International and Global Strategy, at email@example.com. The approval process will involve the Faculty Advisory Committee on Internationalization, the Office of the Provost, and, as needed, consultation with faculty/departments/programs at Barnard that may have similar international initiatives underway and with the Office of Budgeting & Planning.
It is possible that funding may be available for only a portion of the proposed budget or that funding may not be available at all; in either case, the Dean will work with the Faculty Member to adjust budget amounts or to identify alternative sources of funding where possible.
Once funding is approved for the Weiss Fellow, the Dean will then work with the sponsoring Faculty Member to craft an invitation letter to the scholar, and the Provost’s Office will provide administrative and logistical support for the Weiss Fellow and related programming as needed.
After the completion of the Weiss Fellow’s visit to campus, the sponsoring Faculty Member will be asked to submit a short (1-2 page) report of the visit, including a brief description of the scholar’s activities while on campus, a consideration of the impact of the scholar’s activities, and an evaluation of the success of the scholar’s visit—including any suggestions for improvement for the Weiss International Visiting Fellowship program overall.
New University in Exile Consortium
Barnard is a founding member of the New University in Exile Consortium, a growing group of schools with The New School as the lead institution. This initiative is based on the conviction that the academic community has the responsibility and capacity to assist scholars and protect the intellectual capital that is jeopardized when universities and scholars are under assault. Each member has committed to hosting an endangered scholar for a minimum of two years. The Consortium will organize seminars, workshops, and an annual conference to foster a sense of community among the scholars.
Faculty who are interested in nominating a scholar at risk to the New University in Exile Consortium should submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 1, 2020 for a Fall 2020 start date:
• A statement of support noting the scholar’s academic profile and how the scholar can be integrated into the department and the broader Barnard community over the next two academic years. The expectation is that the scholar will engage in some combination of research and teaching while at Barnard. The nominating faculty member or members should commit to acting as a mentor for the scholar and meeting on a regular basis.
• An academic CV for the scholar.
• A statement from the scholar, explaining her/his current circumstances, location, and passport/visa status.