Grants

The Swearer Center provides engaged course development grants (maximum $4,000) and implementation mini-grants (maximum $500) to instructors of undergraduate courses at Brown. The goal of these grant programs is to create high-impact learning experiences and collaborative educational partnerships that address major social issues and produce tangible public benefits. 

All regular faculty (including tenure-track and tenured), clinical faculty, term faculty (adjuncts, lecturers, visiting faculty), postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students teaching undergraduates at Brown are eligible to apply. 

If the new or existing course does not already have the Community-Based Learning and Research (CLR) curricular program designation, the instructor is strongly encouraged to submit the course for the designation in Banner.

Engaged Course Development Grant

The 2020-21 Engaged Course Grants funded by the Davis Educational Foundation will support the development or enhancement of engaged research or capacity-building projects (e.g., evaluation, translation, writing, data analysis, product development) in undergraduate courses. 

Funding Availability
Faculty and instructors may request up to $4,000. Suggested proposal amounts are $4,000 for developing a new engaged course; $2,000 to revise an existing course to include engaged components; and $1,000 for TA support. Funds may be used for material expenses related to course development (including paying faculty, community partners, and/or students for participating in designing and/or delivering the proposed curricular engagement opportunities); for guest speaker honoraria, printing, supplies or small equipment necessary to complete engaged projects, and other course-related events during the semester when a course is offered. Funds must be used by April 30, 2021. 

Application Deadline
September 28, 2020

Apply
For more detailed guidance and the application, see the “Engaged Course Development Grant“ available through UFunds.

Engaged Course Mini-Grants

The Swearer Center’s Engaged Course Mini-Grant supports the implementation of community-engaged learning activities in undergraduate courses. 

Funding Availability
Grants of up to $500 per instructor are available on a rolling basis. Funds may be used for material expenses related to implementing an engaged course, such as community-based guest speaker or partner honoraria; printing, supplies or small equipment necessary to complete engaged projects; student assistants supporting engaged components of the course; and other course-related events during the semester when a course is offered. 

Application Deadline
Rolling through May 10, 2021 for the 2020-21 academic year

Apply
For more detailed guidance and the application, see the “Engaged Course Mini-Grant“ available through UFunds

Contact

With any questions, please contact jesús hernández, Assistant Director of Engaged Scholarship ([email protected]), or Julie Plaut, Director of Engaged Scholarship ([email protected], 401-863-6282).