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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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IU Bloomington faculty receive grants for international research, teaching

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Jan. 15, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Nearly two dozen Indiana University Bloomington faculty and graduate students have received grants in the first round of funding made possible by the Mellon Innovating International Research and Teaching program.

The MIIRT program is funded through a $750,000 award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation received last year.

The Mellon award supports a three-year program to foster new directions in international and area studies that include collaborations among faculty in the humanities, social sciences and professional schools throughout the Bloomington campus. It also will extend opportunities for faculty and students to engage in collaborations in international, area and global studies.

"International engagement is one of IU Bloomington's major strengths and top priorities. These projects exemplify the far-reaching and meaningful work that is being initiated on this campus," said Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel, who also serves as principal investigator on the Mellon grant. "We are exceedingly grateful to the Mellon Foundation for recognizing the importance of this work and enabling our faculty and graduate students to pursue such promising and significant projects."

According to IU Bloomington Vice Provost for Research Sarita Soni, a diverse group of faculty from IU Bloomington are receiving awards, including faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences and its new School of Global and International Studies; the Maurer School of Law; the Jacobs School of Music; the School of Education; and the IU Libraries.

"The number of faculty and schools involved in this new grant program speaks to the fruitful collaborations the Mellon funding is making possible," said Soni, co-principal investigator on the project. "The international regions covered by the awarded projects are truly wide-ranging, from Brazil, China and India to Peru, South Africa and Vietnam."

In each of the three project years, there are four funding programs, all of which are new initiatives at IU Bloomington: faculty short-term fellowships, graduate short-term fellowships, curriculum development fellowships and innovative workshops.

Mellon Innovating International Research and Teaching award recipients:

Faculty Short-Term Fellowships -- $20,000

Graduate Student Short-Term Fellowships -- $20,000

Innovative Curriculum Development -- $20,000

Innovative Workshops -- $5,000

More information about the MIIRT program is available at the Research Development section of the website for the IU Bloomington Vice Provost for Research.

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