For Faculty

Faculty Development Seminar

The Center sponsors a Faculty Development Seminar every other year. The members of the Seminar travel to an international destination or set of destinations in order to enhance the international dimension of the Grinnell curriculum and individual faculty members' scholarship. Both before and after travel, members of the Seminar meet on a regular basis to discuss and measure curricular and scholarly outcomes.

Grinnell-India Faculty Exchange

The Center for International Studies has created a faculty exchange agreement with Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), a research university in New Delhi, India. The purpose of this exchange is to allow Grinnell faculty to get to know colleagues and students at one of India’s premier universities, with the hope that this will promote new teaching and research projects and a deeper, global understanding of one’s discipline. The Center invites Grinnell faculty in the Humanities and Social Studies Divisions—including faculty whose teaching and research does not include India—to express their interest in participating in this exchange, which will have the following structure:

  • A faculty member from JNU will come to Grinnell to teach a three-week short course in his/her academic discipline, serving as an International Visiting Fellow. This JNU professor will be hosted by a Grinnell faculty member in the same or a related discipline. As with other International Visiting Fellows, the Grinnell host will be responsible for introducing the JNU visitor to other Grinnell faculty and orienting him/her to our academic norms. The JNU visitor and the Grinnell host are expected to form a “team” to help plan the Grinnell professor’s subsequent trip to Delhi.
  • At an appropriate time, the Grinnell faculty member will travel to JNU to deliver a series of lectures within a regularly-scheduled JNU course, selected in consultation with the JNU faculty member who has come to Grinnell. Unless on regular sabbatical leave, the Grinnell faculty member will be expected to travel to India during a college recess period (Winter Break or Spring Break), and thus the length of stay in Delhi will be about two weeks. The Center for International Studies will cover the cost of transportation to Delhi, and JNU will cover lodging and food expenses.
  • The following departments and programs at JNU are participating in the exchange at this point: the Centre for English Studies, the Centre for Historical Studies, the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, and the School of the Arts and Aesthetics. We hope that more programs at JNU will be added to the list.

In order to express their interest in participating in the exchange, Grinnell faculty are asked to send the following materials to Lynn Stafford in the Center for International Studies:

  • A current CV indicating one’s disciplinary background, teaching and scholarly interests.
  • A working title for a group of approximately four lectures that could be delivered to JNU students. (This will help the JNU faculty to identify an existing course that could include the lectures.)
  • The particular academic year and preferred time (i.e. winter break or spring break) to travel to India.

JNU will be sending similar information from their faculty members to Grinnell. The Center for International Studies will then work to pair Grinnell faculty with their appropriate JNU counterparts and will facilitate the planning of the exchange for each team. All Grinnell faculty who submit information for the exchange will be informed about whether a JNU colleague has been identified for them or not.

For more information about how to prepare your application, please contact the Director of the Center for International Studies, David Harrison.

Teaching in Nanjing

Since 1987, Grinnell College has had an institutional partnership with Nanjing University, one of China's key comprehensive universities. Through this partnership, Grinnell receives two research scholars from Nanjing University each year, along with a visiting instructor of Chinese, and in return Grinnell sends two of its faculty or staff each year to teach students in Nanjing. Over the past twenty years, a wide academic collaboration has been carried out between the two institutions, with cooperative fields including English language and literature, political science, Chinese history, economics, Russian literature, chemistry, computer science, sociology, and ecology, among other fields.

How to Apply to teach in Nanjing

Grinnell faculty and staff who are interested in teaching in Nanjing should submit a letter of interest to the Director of the Center for International Studies by October 2nd . The letter should include a description of the proposed course, a rationale of how the course will contribute to Chinese understanding of the discipline, a proposed department in which the course might be housed, and background information about the instructor's sensitivity to cultural differences. Applications from staff members should include a c.v. that demonstrates qualifications for teaching at the postsecondary level. The application will be reviewed by a committee consisting of the Director, a member of the Chinese and Japanese Department, and two faculty who have previously taught in Nanjing. For more information about how to prepare your application, please contact the Director of the Center for International Studies.

Sponsoring a Visiting Scholar

Visiting Fellows

The International Visiting Fellows program is designed to allow Grinnell faculty to bring scholars and artists from international locations to Grinnell for a minimum stay of two weeks. Each International Visiting Fellow teaches a short course or course unit within an existing academic department. Fellows also give a public presentation during their stay on campus. This is an excellent way to complement a department’s curriculum and to introduce students to a scholar or artist who works outside the United States. International Visiting Fellows frequently state how much they enjoy their discussions with Grinnell students and appreciate the opportunity to pursue scholarly writing in the tranquil environment of Grinnell’s campus.

Each International Visiting Fellow receives a college apartment, an office, and a Grinnell email account, and the center sponsors at least one banquet to welcome the Fellow to campus. Fellows receive a generous stipend for each week of teaching.

If you are interested in bringing someone to campus as an International Visiting Fellow, fill out the application form. Typically, applications are reviewed by the center’s Advisory Board a year in advance of the proposed visit.

Heath Professorship

Endowed in honor of John Reardon Heath, Grinnell Class of 1919, who was an active member and President of the Grinnell Board of Trustees and gave steadfast support to Grinnell’s long and continuing engagement with the world, the Heath Professorship bring to Grinnell College the most distinguished international figures for a semester-length stay. Heath Professors teach two courses during their stay (typically one course at the 200-level and one course at the 300-level). Like the International Visiting Fellows, each Heath Professor receives college housing, an office, and a Grinnell email account, along with an honorarium that is competitive with the salaries of Grinnell’s most senior professors.

To bring someone to campus as the Heath Professor, fill out the application form. Typically, applications are reviewed by the Center’s Advisory Board a year in advance of the proposed visit.


For Students

Mentored Advanced Projects (MAPs)

 Certain students pursuing a Mentored Advanced Project (MAP) can apply for funds to conduct research at an international location. 

Off-Campus Study

International study is an integral element of a Grinnell College education. Students can study for a semester, or in some cases a year, in any of the world's continents except Antarctica. The Center works to ensure that every off-campus study experience reflects the academic standards of the College. For more information about individual programs, visit the Off-Campus Study website.


Through the Center for Careers, Life, and Service, students can apply for internships in international locations. The CLS also provides assistance in finding post-graduate job and internship opportunities in international locations.

Lan-Chang Fellowship

The purpose and spirit of the Lan-Chang Fellowships, in memory of Chien-Wei Lan and Sing-Chen Chang, is to promote cultural understanding of mainland China through students undertaking projects in China and the sharing of these project experiences upon their return to the Grinnell College campus. It awards initiative, originality, and creative exploration. The Lan-Chang Fellowship endowed fund was established in 1996 by Chien-Wei Lan and Sing-Chen Chang (grandparents of John Keshar Wenderoth ’96) with outright gifts totaling $24,933 and with the remainder value of charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts totaling $217,172. The purpose of this endowment gift is to fund the Lan-Chang Fellowships.

The Lan-Chang Fellowships, each in the amount of $3,500, shall be awarded to a maximum of two Grinnell College students every year to support the expenses of traveling to and from and living in China for six to eight weeks during the summer, while each student completes a Mentored Advanced Projects (MAP) or other Independent Research project focused on China. Students must have completed their second year with one remaining semester to be completed on the Grinnell College campus before graduation. Students of any major are eligible, and knowledge of Chinese language, history, or culture is not required; those without experience of or in China are encouraged to apply and will be given special consideration.

  • The Lan-Chang Fellowship shall fund a MAP or IR (Individual Research) project that has a strong experiential component, requiring student interaction with a variety of Chinese individuals and sites. (In years in which no appropriate MAP or Independent Project is proposed, the Fellowships may be used to support an unpaid internship or volunteer service project in China, provided the internship or project adheres to all other requirements and eligibility criteria listed herein). 
  • The Fellowship shall not be used for archival research or classroom study. 
  • The Fellowship shall not to be used to support faculty expenses; however, the faculty directors of the student projects are encouraged to travel to China with their students to engage in on-site mentorship. 
  • Students receiving the Fellowship must present their experiences to the rest of the Grinnell College community upon return to campus in the Fall. 
Teaching in Nanjing

Through our partnership with Nanjing University in China, graduating seniors can apply to spend a year in Nanjing teaching English after graduation. For more information, please visit the Office of Social Commitment.