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.

Calls for Proposals

AWB is seeks project proposals for capacity building projects in institutions of higher education in developing countries, from faculty members and staff at universities which 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. The first step involves submitting a proposal with a letter of support from the partner institution (in a developing country) to AWB. AWB will then contact the partner institution and ask it to provide a more detailed project proposal.

The proposal deadline for 2017 has passed.  Information about 2018 proposals will be posted when available. 

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact UAlberta’s liaison with AWB:

Dr. Sky McLaughlin
University of Alberta International

AWB Volunteer Opportunity in Ghana

Academics Without Borders is partnering with the University of Cape Coast, Ghana on a project to provide instruction in its graduate program in Computer Science and Information Technology. We are looking for two volunteers for this project.

If you would like to participate, please contact: 

Dr. Sky McLaughlin

University of Alberta International


Job Reference: Graduate Course Instructors - Computer Science and Information Technology

Number of Volunteers: 2

Partner Organization: The University of Cape Coast (UCC)

Location: Cape Coast, Ghana

Language: English

Overview: The Department of Computer Science and Information Technology at UCC in partnership with AWB is in the process of upgrading the qualifications of its lectures from M.Sc. to Ph.D., through a transitional Ph.D. program, which will enable the Department to be able to manage and deliver their own graduate program.

Job Description:  In order to realize the goals of the program, volunteers, who are either Computer Science or Information Technology instructors are needed to deliver graduate courses in the summer of 2018 in the following areas:

• Course 1: Artificial Intelligence/Intelligence Systems

• Course 2: Machine Learning

Educational Qualifications: Ph.D. degree in Computer Science or Information Technology

Professional Experience: Teaching experience at the university level. Experience mentoring students in research is considered of critical importance for the positions. Ideally, volunteers should have an interest in supervising theses of the students in the program.

Start date and duration: The volunteers will be required to deliver courses for 7 weeks, between June 1 and July 31, 2018.

Benefits: All expenses, flights, accommodations, local transportation, travel and medical insurance, vaccinations and medications, and other incidentals will be covered by UCC and AWB.

Applications: Please send CV, letter of motivation, dates of availability, and the names and contact details of two references to Corrie Young,, with a copy to Dominique Sotteau,

Deadline: March 1, 2018