International Center for Not-for-Profit Law : Global Education Initiative Grants 2019

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is pleased to announce a Global Education Initiative grants to support the study of civil society law at universities and schools of law in eligible developing countries worldwide. The 2019 Global Education Initiative will provide grants to support the integration of civil society law courses into the curricula of universities and educational institutions. Grant amounts are not fixed, but successful grant applications have in past years ranged from $10,000 – $20,000.

ICNL is inviting written expressions of interest from eligible applicants who would like
to create, refine or expand course material (or syllabus/syllabi or course modules)
addressing the legal framework for civil society, civic space and public participation, as
well as civic freedoms and to integrate this material into the existing university
curriculum. If successful, ICNL will support the candidate in the preparation of syllabi
and course materials. In exchange, the university agrees to integrate the course into its
curriculum and to cover on-going teaching costs.

The types of activities that ICNL can support include (but are not limited to):

  • The design of a course, module or full curriculum relating to civil society law, including the plan for integration of this into the university structure;
  • The preparation of a course syllabus or syllabi;
  • The preparation of course materials (incl. lesson plans, lectures, discussion questions, activities, etc.);
  • The development of digital learning platforms and/or e-learning resources;
  • Training for academics/professors on civil society law.

This list is merely illustrative and ICNL strongly encourages applicants with innovative
ideas and approaches not described above to apply.

Eligibility Requirements

The Global Education Initiative is open to any law professors, academics, and/or institutions located in countries currently listed on the DAC List of ODA recipient countries.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on the following factors:

  • Compliance with eligibility requirements and application procedures;
  • Demonstrated commitment of applicant to promoting the study of civil society
  • Quality of proposed project, including the innovativeness of the proposal, the proposed methodology/design, feasibility of the project (e.g. activities are targeted to achieve stated results, and anticipated results are realistic and attainable);
  • Likelihood that the proposed project will advance the study of civil society law in the country or region;
  • Sustainability of the proposed project beyond the grant period;
  • Proposed budget and apparent value for money; and
  • Inclusion of reasonable indicators to measure project success.

Application Instructions

To apply for Global Education Initiative grants  applicants must submit the following items in English or Spanish:

  • Application coversheet ;
  • Proposal (no more than five pages);
  • Resumes/CVs of leading project staff;
  • Background information about the applicant organization and/or educational institution (e.g. website links or informational materials);
  • Letter of support from the educational institution or institutions where the
    initiative will take place

Complete the coversheet and submit it, along with your proposal and other
application documents to Kristian Kopp at Please ensure that the subject of your email is “Global Education Initiative Application 2019.”

Terms of Reference

All grant recipients will be required to submit progress reports during the grant period and a final report on the use of funds, activities conducted, and outcomes of their projects prior to receiving their final grant disbursements. All project activities must be completed no later than November 30, 2019.


Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all grant funds are awarded. Applicants should submit their applications no later than March 29, 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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