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, student engagement, 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 are encouraged to apply.

Sophomore Seminars

This new curricular initiative funds new courses focused on social justice, identity, and difference. Faculty are encouraged to propose courses that bring together ideas, perspectives, and approaches that are not normally seen side by side in a give course or program. 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. Download more information about the Sophomore Seminar Program.

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. This year we are especially interested in developing courses that promote data literacy across the curriculum. Regular faculty may apply online at

Engaged Scholars Initiative

Engaged Scholar 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 helps students to connect their learning across disciplines and to transfer their skills and knowledge into new and larger contexts at Brown and in the world. The Swearer Center can provide coaching and assistance in course construction, setting up community partnerships, assessing community-engaged work and locating appropriate disciplinary resources and examples. More information is available at

International Studies

Brown's Office of Global Engagement awards grants to faculty working to bring an internationalized perspective into a new or existing course.

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

Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards (UTRAs) support students who assist with course development and redesign during the summer ($3500) or the semester ($1000). Preference is given to projects that clearly set forth the perspectives and contributions of both the student and the faculty member in the curricular revision process. More information is at

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

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 at