Course Development Funds

Innovative course development is fundamental to Brown’s open curriculum. Grant support is available to help faculty develop new courses or revise existing courses in ways that promote strategic initiatives. Currently, the College is interested in funding courses that focus on communication across difference, engaged scholarship, data literacy, international topics, and the creative arts. Small grants support improvements to existing courses at the undergraduate level. All regular members of the Brown faculty, including emeritus faculty, are encouraged to apply.

Sophomore Seminars

CLOSED FOR 2015-16. APPLICATIONS FOR 2016-17 WILL OPEN AFTER JULY 1, 2016 | Sophomore seminars provide students with focused opportunities to engage with faculty and other students on important questions or issues across the disciplines. They are dsigned to help students develop the habits of mind they need to progress toward more advanced learning in a discipline or field. Curriculum development grants are available for sophomore seminars that focus on social justice, identity, and difference. Course proposals must be submitted through Brown’s online course proposal system and must be for courses offered in a fall or spring term. Approved courses are eligible for up to $4,000 in course development funds based on a submitted budget. Regular faculty, including emeritus faculty, may apply online using UFUNDS

First-Year Seminars

CLOSED FOR 2015-16. APPLICATIONS FOR 2016-17 WILL OPEN AFTER JULY 1, 2016 | Brown’s First-Year Seminar Program allows faculty to work with newly matriculated students in a seminar-size course focused on a topic or issue of particular interest to them. Course development funds are available for new courses that promote current strategic initiatives. This year we are especially interested in developing seminars in the following areas: a) social justice, identity, and difference; b) STEM fields; and c) seminars that promote data literacy across the curriculum. Regular faculty, including emeritus faculty, may apply online using UFUNDS

Engaged Scholarship

CLOSED FOR 2015-16. 2016-2017 APPLICATIONS DUE DEC. 1 | Engaged scholarship courses help undergraduates connect their academic studies with real-world experiences. Funds are available to help faculty redesign a course or develop a new course that connects students' learning to new and larger contexts at Brown and in the world. The Swearer Center can assist with setting up community partnerships, assessing community-engaged work, and locating appropriate disciplinary resources and examples. This year's recipients of curriculum development grants are posted on the Swearer Center's website. Additional information is available on the Engaged Scholars Program website

Global Experiential Learning and Teaching

CLOSED FOR 2015-16. NEXT DEADLINE: SPRING 2017 | Brown's GELT grant program provides funds for advanced seminars/capstones in any academic discipline that embed an international travel component prior, during, or at the end of a fall or spring course AND for destination courses during Brown's Wintersession. Funds support international travel for one faculty member and up to 12 students. More information is available on the GELT site. Past recipients are showcased in News from Brown and the Brown Daily Herald.

Creative Arts Courses

Brown’s Creative Arts Council supports the development of new interdisciplinary or intermedial courses that promote collaborations among artists, scientists, and humanists and that cross boundaries of individual arts disciplines. Funds may be used for course materials, student assistance, travel, or research needs. Contact

Undergraduate Teaching and Research

DUE FEB. 10 (summer projects) and MAY 1 (fall projects) | 
Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards (UTRAs) support students who assist with course development and redesign during the summer ($3500) or the semester ($1000). Project proposals must clearly articulate the perspectives and contributions of both the student and the faculty member in the curricular revision process. More information is on the UTRA website

Summer Courses

These grants support the development of new and innovative courses taught through the Office of Continuing Education. Courses may be offered during Summer Session (as credit-bearing or three-week non-credit courses), in a credit-bearing certificate program, or as a Continuing Studies non-credit course. Proposals for courses using new or distributive learning technology are encouraged. Contact

Course Enhancement

CLOSED FOR 2015-16. APPLICATIONS FOR 2016-17 WILL OPEN AFTER JULY 1, 2016 | Salomon Grants support the integration of innovative learning activities into an existing undergraduate course. Funds may be used to bring guest speakers to class, to finance class field trips, and to purchase demonstration materials for a course. Eligible courses enroll at least ten students. Faculty members are encouraged to apply for course support early in the term; funds are limited. Apply online using UFUNDS