Global Labs

Global Labs should be rooted in the liberal arts, civic engagement, and/or scholarly research, and will enable:

  • Faculty to meaningfully engage students on important global issues through different pedagogical approaches combining academic and/or experiential learning;
  • Faculty and students to interconnect on-campus courses with off-campus experiences and engagement;
  • Faculty and programs to utilize new and existing partnerships to expand student opportunities for directed research and collaboration.

Faculty are encouraged to think broadly and imaginatively about ways to bring Colby students into direct and meaningful contact with issues, perspectives, or cultural phenomena from around the world through research and/or civic engagement and service. Global Labs can vary widely in their make up; however, these differ from other courses with global or international content through a combination of academic and experiential dimensions of learning connecting classroom work with research and/or civic engagement in other contexts.

Such a move beyond the classroom to global learning spaces offers new insights, hands-on experiences, and a variety of possible models. With flexibility for different contexts and approaches that differ from typical classroom experiences, Global Labs, for example, can be ISP clusters, language courses, or thematically linked courses culminating in faculty-led off-campus research programs during January or a school break. Or Jan Plan courses could constitute their own month-long Global Labs. While other courses would not have to leave Maine or the U.S. at all if, for example, they engage participants in research or projects focused on immigration, migration, tourism, commodity flow, and other globally complex topics.

Proposals should be specific about the nature of the activities to be undertaken with grant support and about the goals of the curriculum to be developed.


As interested faculty develop their proposals, please feel free to share any questions or ideas about possible Global Labs with Arne Koch, Dean of Global Engagement. 

Criteria for Global Lab proposals

Proposals should not exceed three pages and be emailed (as PDF) to Bev Boose by the deadlines prescribed here. For logistical and budgetary planning assistance, please contact staff members of DavisConnects.

  • Your name and departmental affiliation
  • Proposed title and course level (100-, 200-, 300-level)
  • Course term (fall/January/spring)
  • Goals and objectives of the course
  • A description with details on the nature of the Global Lab
  • A discussion of whether this course might become a regularly offered course
  • Number of students participating in the Global Lab
  • One sentence précis (if awarded funds, this description would be used to publicize future grant proposals)
  • A list of (potential) outside contacts or collaborators
  • A preliminary budget (as detailed and accurate as possible, noting available funds through grants or department/program, overall cost for the Global Lab, including estimates of costs for any travel, lodging, supplies, student work, guest consultants, etc. that you are requesting)
  • Travel (as detailed as possible, dates of departure and return, destination(s))
  • A statement of support from your department chair or program director
  • Evidence of appropriate consultation with departments or interdisciplinary programs should also be included
  • In cases in which pedagogical work requires support from IT or other academic support staff, proposals should describe the support needed