Funding for Teaching

The Office of Undergraduate Education has Course Development Funds to "strengthen undergraduate education. . . through the improvement of instruction and curriculum." These funds are meant for limited experiments or one-time investments that improve individual courses or whole concentrations. Recent awards have funded the purchase of cameras for art studios, the creation of manipulables to teach concepts in calculus, and research assistants to review tutorial syllabi with the view of making them more inclusive. To apply for Discretionary Funds, please send us an email outlining the initiatives you'd like to undertake and how these funds would help you achieve them. We review applications twice a semester, just after spring break and again at the end of term.

Harvard College and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have Jorge Paulo Lemann Funds to support "courses that address innovation and entrepreneurship broadly defined." These funds can be used to revamp existing courses or to launch new ones, and faculty from across the divisions are encouraged to apply. Recent awards have funded guest lecturers and co-teachers and supported faculty in mastering new skills. To apply for Lemann Funds, please send us an email outlining the connection between your course and innovation or entrepreneurship and the use you would make of these funds. We review applications twice a semester, just after spring break and again at the end of the term.

The Mindich Program in Engaged Scholarship has Faculty Curricular Innovation Awards to support "applied and experiential learning experiences in or with community beyond the Harvard context." Recent awards have funded collaborations between Harvard courses and groups advocating for neurodiverse populations, for the incarcerated, and for local communities in need of legal services. To apply for Faculty Curricular Innovation Awards, please contact the Mindich Program. Applications focusing on inequality are particularly welcome.

The Learning Incubator at SEAS has LInc Faculty Fellowships to support "learning and teaching at Harvard" and to create "a growing community focused on intellectual inquiry around learning and teaching." LInc Fellowships enable faculty to redesign their courses according to research-based pedagogies by providing a semester of teaching replacement and a semester of post-doc assistance. The next deadline is 11 February 2019, and all full-time Harvard faculty members are eligible to apply.

The Harvard Initiative on Learning and Teaching has Spark Grants to support the development of "promising teaching and learning projects from idea to reality." Awardees are given pedagogical guidance and community support, as well as funds of up to fifteen thousand dollars, which can be used to hire research assistants or to convene collaborative groups. Recent grants have focused on teaching with podcasts and video essays and on bringing team-based learning to the humanities. The next deadline is 20 March 2019, and all benefits-eligible faculty, staff and postdoctoral researchers are encouraged to apply.

The Division of Arts and Humanities has Elson Family Arts Initiative Funds to promote "the integration of the arts into the curriculum within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences." These funds are meant to introduce art-making into courses and disciplines that have traditionally not included art-making. Recent awards have enabled students studying early manuscripts to learn calligraphy and students student East Asian cinema to make their own short films. To apply for Elson Funds, please contact the Arts and Humanities Division. The next deadline is 29 March 2019.