President's Global Innovation Fund: The President’s Global Innovation Fund (PGIF) awards grants for faculty members to engage and leverage Columbia’s network of global centers. The program aims to enable the development of new projects and scholarly collaborations across global centers, in order to increase global opportunities for research, teaching, and service. Projects must engage at least one of Columbia’s global centers and may be sited in one of the nine cities in which a global center is based or in other locations in the regions served by a global center.

The first round of PGIF grant request proposals was issued in May 2013. To date, a total of 61 projects have been supported in the past four rounds of grants. Together, these and future projects will play an essential role in realizing the potential of the Columbia Global Centers to create new opportunities for faculty and students, and defining what it means for Columbia to explore new channels of knowledge in the 21st  century.

A total of 12 proposals across eight centers were selected for funding in 2016, two of which leverage Columbia Global Centers | Amman. Those include Human Rights Treaty Body Reform Process: Towards a Stronger Human Rights Protection Regime (Amman and Istanbul Centers) and Advancing Solutions in Policy, Implementation, Research, and Engagement for Refugees (ASPIRE) Project (Amman Center).

In 2017, 11 projects received awards with faculty members working across University departments and schools, and partnering with other academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, and research consortia.

The following projects involve the Amman Center: 

  • Religion & the Rise of Populisms: Difference, Dissent, and Tolerance – Katherine Ewing
  • Mental Health and the Psychological Impact of War on Individuals, Families, and Communities in Yemen: A Project to Advance Research, Services, and Advocacy –Sarah Knuckey and Lindsay B. Stark

Review a full list of funded projects

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