Curriculum Enrichment Grants
Launched under the auspices of the Georgetown Learning Initiative (GLI), curriculum enrichment grants support class-related activities that strengthen the intellectual climate around introductory-level undergraduate courses. The impetus for these grants came through a report on the state of learning at Georgetown called the "Call to Action: Curriculum and Learning at Georgetown" which asked us to commit to enhancing the undergraduate learning culture by engaging all students. Consequently, these grants are intended to help faculty and students take advantage of the resources of the larger community, bringing the curricular and co-curricular together in order to give students in introductory classes a richer sense of the broader implications and applications of work in that particular discipline. Events funded by these grants could include field trips, performance attendance, lectures, cultural dinners, and other activities designed to foster dialogue inside and outside the classroom, extending students' understanding of course material and how it relates to the world outside of academia. Note: if you are applying for a CEG to fund a cultural dinner, we recommend a budget of no more than $20 per student per meal.
Interested in seeing how other faculty have used curriculum enrichment grants? Read about the week guitarist and composer Marc Ribot spent on campus at the invite of Ben Harbert (Performing Arts), as well as a hands-on look at activism in Anacostia by students in the "Environmental and Food Justice Movements" seminar with Yuki Kato (Sociology).
Doyle Diversity Grants
The Doyle diversity grants also facilitate similar activities designed to engage students in introductory-level courses with issues of difference and diversity. In addition to the goals articulated above, Doyle diversity grants are meant to fund projects which help students engage with diversity or gain a greater recognition of their own positionality vis-a-vis issues of plurality and social justice. The Doyle Program is involved in a number of diversity-related initiatives on campus; you can find details concerning these initiatives in on the Doyle website.
Engelhard Connecting Life and Learning Enrichment Grants
Engelhard course grants support class-related activities that strengthen a culture of well-being in courses. Engelhard course grants are intended to help faculty and students take advantage of the resources of the larger community, bringing the curricular and co-curricular together in order to give students a space to bridge salient well-being issues on campus with the rich academic content of their coursework. Events or activities funded by these grants could include guest speakers, wellness activities, field trips, materials that support health and well-being, or activities designed to foster attention to well-being—physical, mental, spiritual, or otherwise—both within and outside of the classroom, extending students' understanding of course material and how it relates to their larger life experiences. All faculty are eligible to apply for Engelhard Enrichment Grants, which are supported by the Engelhard Project for Connecting Life and Learning.
Who Is Eligible?
All full-time and part-time faculty are eligible to apply for curriculum enrichment, Doyle diversity, or Engelhard grants of up to $500.
What Are the Criteria?
Before applying, please review these updated criteria:
- These grants are primarily for activities that somehow merge the classroom experience with outside or co-curricular opportunities
- We are particularly interested in supporting innovative ideas and especially those that lend themselves to adoption in other courses
- We welcome applications for repeat funding, though please note that these grants are not meant as a perennial source of funding; repeat awards are more likely in the case of faculty securing sources for matching funds
- We award individual faculty members a maximum of $500 per year (not per course)
- Note: If awarded a grant, you must agree to complete a brief report detailing the students’ experience and assessing the overall merits of the project. (This report form will be sent upon award of the grant.)
How Can I Apply?
CEG Applications received by September 3, 2019 will receive first consideration for the Fall 2019 grant cycle.
To apply for either the curriculum enrichment or the Doyle diversity grant, please complete our online application. You will be asked to provide a brief description of the proposed activity or event, an account of how you think this activity or event will deepen the intellectual engagement of students enrolled in your class, and a budget indicating the total amount requested and how the money will be spent. If awarded a grant, you must agree to write a report detailing the students’ experience and assessing the overall merits of the project.
If you are unsure whether a particular event or activity might be funded, feel free to contact Maggie Debelius with your questions.