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, data literacy, STEM, engaged scholarship, and international topics. 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. Unless otherwise indicated, applications open July 1 in UFUNDS and close when funds are exhausted.

Sophomore Seminars

Sophomore seminars are dsigned to help students develop the habits of mind they need to progress toward more advanced learning in a discipline or field. Like First-Year seminars, they are limited in size to ensure that pre-concentration students have an opportunity to engage with faculty and students in a smaller class setting. In accordance with the University's strategic plancurriculum 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 based on a submitted budget. Regular faculty, including emeritus faculty, may apply online using UFUNDS

First-Year Seminars

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. In alignment with the University's strategic plan, we are funds are available to develop courses 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

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. Last 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

International Travel in a Semester or Winter course

APPLICATIONS DUE SPRING 2017 | Brown's Global Experiential Learning and Teaching (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.

Course Enhancement

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. Faculty who have received a grant during an academic year may re-apply after March 1 if additional funds remain. Apply online using UFUNDS

Faculty interested in funds for course development, curricular innovations, or the development of teaching technologies in the physical or biological sciences should consult with the senior associate dean for the curriculum, Besenia Rodriguez

Undergraduate Teaching and Research

DUE FEB. 10 (summer projects) and Nov. 15 (spring and interdisciplinary team projects) | 
Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards (UTRAs) support students who assist with course development and redesign during the summer ($3500) or the semester ($1000). Faculty-student teams may also apply for a summer + semester extension, which funds the student to conduct research during the summer and serve as a TA during the semester in which the course is offered ($4500). 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 Jim Chansky.