Funding for Teaching

In the 2021-22 academic year, the Office of Undergraduate Education will again fund innovative projects in pedagogy, course design, and undergraduate education. For more information and to apply for innovation funds, please go to

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 Mindich program is currently not accepting new applications.)

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. All full-time Harvard faculty members are eligible to apply: learn about the call for proposals for the LInc Faculty Fellowship. (Applications were due February 2021.)

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. Learn about past projects (HILT Grants program is currently on hiatus). 

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. Learn about the application process for the Elson Family Arts Initiative Fund to Support the Integration of Arts into the Curriculum. (Applications were due March 2021.)

Additional funding opportunities can be found on the FAS Research Funding webpage