Course Development Grants

The Swearer Center provides curriculum development grants to Brown faculty and instructors to develop new community-engaged courses or revise existing courses to include community engagement. The goal of these grant programs is to create high-impact learning experiences and collaborative educational partnerships that address major social challenges and produce tangible public benefits.

By expanding its engaged curriculum, Brown can create more opportunities for students and foster substantive university-community dialogues and partnerships aimed at creating a more peaceful, just and equitable society. Engaged courses serve the Brown student population as a whole and also may satisfy requirements for students enrolled in Engaged Scholars Program.

Community-Engaged Course Development Grants

Community-engaged courses help students connect their academic pursuits with learning experiences in community, enabling them to transfer and generalize their learning to contexts beyond the classroom. They serve as the foundation for community-engaged learning and research projects that involve faculty, students and community members in collaborative inquiries aimed at addressing important community-identified challenges.   

Priority will be given to proposals for courses that identify clear engaged learning objectives, that incorporate strong community engagement components, and that will be offered on an ongoing basis by departments. Please consult the Swearer Center’s engaged learning outcomes/competencies framework in describing the learning objectives of your proposed course. Community engagement components may include:  

  • Case studies investigating local communities, organizations or social challenges
  • Guest speakers or panels representing relevant practitioner and/or community perspectives 
  • Site visits to organizations, neighborhoods, projects, exhibits, etc.
  • Community-focused investigations by students, involving field assignments or other experiential learning opportunities
  • Team-based research projects developed in partnership with community organizations 
  • Reflective practices aimed at exploring students’ positionality and agency in community and drawing connections between course content and community context

Faculty or instructors who build these components into their courses are strongly encouraged apply to have the course designated as a Community Based Learning and Research (CBLR) course.

Full Course Development Grant RFP (Proposals for courses offered in AY 2018-2019 & AY 2019-2020 are currently eligible for funding)

Funding Availability
Grants of up to $4000 per course.

Faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students are eligible to apply.

Application Deadline
Applications may be submitted at any time and are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will typically be notified about the status of their application within 6 weeks of submission.

The application for the “Engaged Course Development Grant“ is available through UFunds.

Community-Engaged Course Development Mini-Grants

The Engaged Course Development Mini-Grant supports the integration of community-engaged learning activities into existing courses. Funds may be used to bring guest speakers to class, to finance class field trips, to purchase demonstration materials for a course, etc.

Funding Availability
Grants of up to $500 per faculty member are available on a rolling basis.

Faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students are eligible to apply.

Application Deadline
Rolling Application is open for the Spring 2018 semester

The application for the “Engaged Course Development Mini-Grant“ is available through UFunds.