World Council for Curriculum and Instruction (WCCI)

Small Grant Proposal

Guidelines for small grants for research or curriculum development projects

Goal & Objectives

WCCI will be providing a number of small grants of up to US$2000 in support of members to conduct educational research or curriculum development projects which will contribute to the organization’s vision of education for the promotion of equity, peace, and the universal realization of human rights and the achievement of a just and peaceful world community. More specifically, this small grants initiative seeks to fulfill the following objectives:

  1. to encourage and facilitate the professional and academic development of WCCI members in enhancing their role as local and global educators committed to building a culture of peace, human rights, cultural diversity and environmental sustainability ;
  2. to yield findings from research studies helpful to the formulation of innovative policies and implementation of strategies for transforming educational institutions and systems in accord with WCCI values, principles and philosophies ;


  1. to design creative curriculum development projects relevant to WCCI values, principles and philosophies which have the potential for implementation in schools and other educational institutions in countries and regions with active WCCI membership;
  2. to publish journal articles, reports or manuals based on the outcomes of the funded research studies or curriculum development projects which will strengthen WCCI’s role in disseminating educational research knowledge and/or curriculum designs for peace, nonviolence, justice, human rights , intercultural understanding and sustainable futures.


Members of WCCI are eligible to apply for a small grant of up to US$2000 to fund either an educational research study or a curriculum development project which fulfill the stated goal and objectives of the grants initiative. However, successful applicants will not be considered again until two years after receiving his/her/their grant.

Focus Areas of Research or Curriculum Development Project

Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals in the following focus areas relevant to WCCI’svision and core themes of engagement among its members:

  • Global Education
  • Global Citizenship Education
  • Peace Education
  • Education for conflict resolution or conflict transformation
  • Disarmament education
  • Education for nonviolence
  • Human Rights Education
  • Education for global/local justice or Development Education
  • Values Education
  • Intercultural or multicultural education
  • Education for interfaith dialogue
  • Education for international understanding
  • Education for sustainable development or sustainable futures
  • Education for Gender Equity
  • Education for inner peace
  • Education for SDGs
  • Emergency education
  • Critical pedagogy
  • Education for community development
  • Humanistic Education

Other interrelated focus areas will also be considered.

The research study or curriculum development project should be contextualized in a specific mode or level of educational policy or practice, such as early childhood education; elementary, secondary or tertiary education; non-formal or community education; teacher education; technical and vocational education; various learning and curriculum areas; whole school ; pedagogies or androgogies; education policy; and/or evaluation.

Each proposal can be submitted by a member or members of one country or by 2 or more members across two or more countries who wich to collaborate in a cross-national, regional or international project.

A member can only submit one proposal in each year of invited applications.


In accepting an award, the selected applicant will agree to the following requirements:

  • The research study or curriculum project should be completed within 1 and a half years after receipt of the grant.
  • The findings of the research study or curriculum development project should be submitted as an article for consideration and potential publication in a referred journal in a relevant education field or alternatively as a working paper or report under the auspices of WCCI. The article should acknowledge receipt of the WCCI grant to support the research study.
  • The successful applicants should endeavor to present the results of their research study or the output of their curriculum development project in an international, regional or national conference organized by WCCI or other relevant educational organization. During its presentation, the applicant(s) should also acknowledge receipt of the WCCI grant to support the project or study.

Submission of Proposals

Deadline: Open

Length and format

Each proposal should not exceed 1200 words (excluding references) and include the following components:

  • Name (s), affiliation and contact details (phone, email) of applicant(s)
  • Title of project
  • Focus area
  • Start date ( Jan 15, 2019)
  • End date (should be not later than 1 ½ years after start of project)
  • Abstract: Provide a summary of 100 words of the proposal.
  • Rationale/ conceptual framework: Present a rationale and conceptual framework for the research study or curriculum development project, drawing on relevant literature (using citations in APA style)
  • Statement of research problem or focus of curriculum development project.
  • Methodology: specify research methods used, including sampling , data collection and analysis OR curriculum development procedures.
  • If human participants are involved in the research study or curriculum development project, research or study ethics approval provided by a relevant institution or organization is required. The approval notification, together with the consent forms for research or study participants, should be submitted with the grant application.
  • [ NB: If no institution is available for applicants for research ethics approval, a form can be obtained from the WCCI Secretariat for submission to the Alliant International University’s California School of Education];

  • Budget : list clearly the budget items in US dollars, including direct expenses such as equipment & supplies, transcription, travel, accommodation & meals for workshops; honoraria; printing etc. An approximate timeline for expenditures should also be provided. If the budget for the proposed project exceeds $2,000, the anticipated sources of additional funds should be specified
  • Names and contact details of two references, including at least one officer of WCCI International or a national WCCI chapter.

Each proposal should also be accompanied by a concise CV (max 3 pages) of each applicant.

Please send completed proposal and accompanying documents to:

Dr. Estela Matriano, Executive Diretor, WCCI
Copy to:
Carole I. Caparros, WCCI Executive Assistant

Selection Process

A selection committee comprising 3 WCCI members constituted by the International Board will review proposals submitted by the deadline and select two or three applications from diverse countries or regions to receive the small grants (each up to US$2000) per calendar year.

The following selection criteria will be followed: relevance of focus area to themes covered by WCCI’s vision and mission; innovativeness; adequacy of research or curriculum development design; significance of project.

The committee will endeavor to include in the successful submissions at least one research study and one curriculum development project.

Successful applicants will be informed of their selection by July 1, 2019.