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 seminars in STEM fields and seminars that promote data literacy across the curriculum. Regular faculty may apply online using Ufunds

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 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. More information is available on the Swearer Center website.  

Experimental Teaching Modules

The Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning provides funding for existing or new courses that deploy new online environments, digital tools, or “hybrid” approaches to promote participatory learning. Proposals will include a narrative that clearly articulates the module’s potential benefits and includes specific examples of the materials it will cover, the teaching methods involved, and at least a brief discussion of how you hope to evaluate its effect on the course. Proposals from regular faculty in all disciplines and subject areas are welcome. More information is available on the Sheridan Center website.

Global Experiential Learning and Teaching

Brown's GELT grant program provides funds for advanced seminars/capstones in any academic discipline for undergraduate or graduate students that embed an international travel component prior, during, or at the end of the course. Funds support international travel for one faculty member and up to 12 students. More information is availabe on the website of the Office of Global Engagement

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 Chira_DelSesto@brown.edu.

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 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 James_Chansky@brown.edu.

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 using Ufunds