Connecting Research to Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)

Program Guidelines

I. Purpose

  1. To encourage Fordham faculty to develop research projects with partners abroad through the use of (COIL) *Collaborative Online International Learning in new or existing courses.
  2. To support and promote faculty-student research collaborations, global research, international teaching and learning, and the teacher-scholar model.

II. Requirements 

  1. All Fordham tenured or tenure-track faculty members are invited to submit their applications to the Office of Research by February 15, 2024
  2. Faculty may propose to incorporate new COIL content into existing courses scheduled to be offered in the Summer or Fall of 2024 or Spring of 2025 but are required to identify and confirm an international partner for their proposed COIL collaboration.
  3. Preference will be given to COIL research projects that involve students as research partners. 
  4. Priority will be given to projects addressing projects that center around issues of racial and social justice.
  5. Faculty members who will have received three months' summer salary supported by external grants are not eligible to apply for the program taking place during the summer.

III. Application

Fordham faculty applicants must submit the following application materials via the COIL Application Form ( no later than February 15, 2024: 

  1. A one-page project summary, including a project description, objectives, and expected outcomes; 
  2. The project description should include an explanation of the degree and kind of involvement of the international partner
  3. A two-page resume
  4. A course syllabus and/or assignment description, including the specific characteristics of the research project.
  5. A letter of support from the international partner who will co-teach the course.

  IV. Award and Report

  1. A committee will review and recommend the finalists.
  2. $3,000 program stipend will be distributed to Fordham faculty awardee who may utilize the funds in accordance with their international partners' project plans. The one-time stipend payment is subject to applicable tax withholdings, which will be issued via payroll prior to the start of the planned research collaboration and in accordance with the University’s standard payroll schedule. 
  3. Each awardee is required to submit a report about the outcomes of research projects to the Office of Research three months after the completion of the course but no later than September 1, 2025
  4. All participating Fordham faculty are required to deliver public presentations at the Fordham Research Forum designed to showcase their international research collaborations in Fall 2025.

* COIL is a method of virtual collaboration between professors and students in the U.S. with those at partner institutions abroad. It is part of the classroom learning environment providing an opportunity to incorporate virtual exchange; co-teaching for faculty and co-learning for students. It facilitates the incorporation of multicultural perspectives and inclusion with instruction using various technologies. COIL permits an environmentally friendly way to encourage experiences on a global scale for both faculty and students without the costs associated with physical travel, including minimizing environmental impact. 

COIL 2024 Awardees

Gyula Klima, Professor, Philosophy 

Erick Williams Rengifo Minaya, Professor, Economics

Dongli  Zhang, Associate Professor, Gabelli School of Business, Information, Technology, and Operations