COIL Grants

A page within Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning (CATL)

The CATL Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Grants support instructors undertaking curricular development to integrate collaborative projects or assignments that virtually connect UWL students with students from an international partner institution for a period of at least three weeks. 

More about COIL

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) activities should support regular course objectives while also enabling students to examine topics from varied cultural and societal perspectives. Examples of activities include shared readings, small group discussions and group projects that span the three weeks (or more). Student collaboration may be synchronous or asynchronous, as long as the technology used to connect students supports the goals for student learning. The goal of COIL activities/project is sustained and meaningful interaction between students in 2 or more countries. Activities and projects should reflect integrative outcomes. The goal of the grants is to imbed a collaborative project into a traditional 15-week course (14 weeks + finals) course. COIL grants are not available for faculty led programs – the goal is to internationalize a domestic course where international travel is not required. 

Descriptions and samples of COIL projects here -  

Instructors can apply to work with a colleague from any international higher education institution. Instructors would like assistance to identify a peer at one of UWL’s partners should contact Karolyn Bald, Director of International Education and Engagement.

Apply for a COIL Grant

Eligibility: Faculty and instructional academic staff with at least a 50% FTE during the cycle of application.

Faculty/staff from fully self-supporting programs are not eligible to receive funds from UWL-sponsored grant programs. Faculty/staff from self-supporting programs are encouraged to contact their department chair/unit director to request funds in support of their research, scholarly, pedagogical, and professional development endeavors.

Deadline: noon the Monday after Spring semester grades are due

  • Academic Year 24/25 Deadline: grant applications are due by noon on Monday, May 20, 2024 for grant work to be completed during Fall 2024 or Spring 2025, final report due June 1  

Application Guidelines: Complete the CATL Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Grants Application and submit as a single PDF file to 

Click on this link to access the Final Report Form

Questions? Please contact Kristin Koepke, Director of the Center for Advancing Teaching & Learning.

NOTE: These awards are supported by CATL in conjunction with the Provost’s Office and International Education and Engagement (IEE).