Course Development Funds

Innovative course development is fundamental to Brown’s open curriculum. Grant programs sponsored by the Dean of the College, the Creative Arts Council, and the Office of International Affairs support curricular initiatives that focus on student writing, international topics, community development, 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

(up to $4000, Deadline: Feb 9)
This new curricular program 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

(up to $4000, Deadline: Feb 9) 
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. Courses from all areas of the curriculum are welcome. Apply online at

International Studies

(up to $4000, rolling deadline)
Brown's Office of International Affairs awards grants to faculty working to bring an internationalized perspective into a new or existing course.

Global Health

(Deadlines: Feb 1 and Nov 1)
The Framework Faculty Curriculum Grant supports initiatives that bring global health content into seminars and courses that previously had none. Grants help cover the cost of students who assist instructors in revising the course, travel and related expenses for guest lecturers, or other costs entailed with the integration of global health content into existing courses. Application guidelines are posted at

Creative Arts Courses

(up to $3000, Deadline: Feb 9) 
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

(up to $3500, multiple deadlines) 
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

(up to $4000, Deadline: March 24) 
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

(up to $500, rolling deadline) 
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

Engaged Scholars Initiative

(no deadline)
The Swearer Centers Engaged Scholars initiative can assist faculty in redesigning a course or developing a new course that incorporates community engagement. The Director of Faculty Engagement 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 available at