Capacity Building

Academics without Borders

Academics Without Borders’ (AWB) mission is to support capacity development in tertiary education in developing countries, so these countries can educate their own experts and professionals necessary for their development. The University of Alberta is a member of AWB.

AWB carries out its mission by supporting projects in institutions of higher education in developing countries, by working with talented and committed people there, who are initiating and sustaining institutional growth and change. It does this by sending academic volunteers to support these local initiatives.

Call for Project Proposals: First Stage Submissions

AWB is seeking project proposals for capacity building projects in institutions of higher education in developing countries, from faculty members and staff at universities that are members of the AWB network of universities, including UAlberta. AWB's funding covers a volunteer's travel costs and living expenses.
Submitting a proposal is a two-step process:
1. Submit a proposal with a letter of support from the partner institution (in a developing country) to AWB.
2. AWB will contact the partner institution and ask for a more detailed project proposal. 


See full details (PDF) 

Should you wish to submit a proposal, please contact UAlberta's liaison with AWB:

Dan Fredrick
University of Alberta International



  • First Step Deadline: Monday, March 11, 2019
  • First Step Decision: Monday, March 25, 2019
  • Second Step Deadline: Monday, April 22, 2019

AWB Volunteer Opportunity at Naryn State University in Kyrgyzstan

In partnership with AWB, Naryn State University is seeking a volunteer to support assessment and development of its programs in Agriculture.

One volunteer is being sought for this project.

Applicants for the position must have a minimum of a master’s degree in Agriculture or a related discipline and experience teaching in and overseeing an agriculture-related higher-education program.

If you would like to participate, please contact: 
Dan Fredrick

University of Alberta International

The deadline for applications is April 9, 2019.

Learn more (PDF)