Departmental and Faculty Grants: Call for Proposals

With the support of an external grant from the Lilly Endowment, the Program for Leadership and Character is offering a variety of grants to support faculty and departments in the College and Professional Schools. who wish to engage with leadership and/or character, broadly understood.

Departmental Grants

Grants (up to $3,000) provide funds for a department, program, or school to engage leadership and character with faculty, students, and staff. These one-year grants could support a variety of activities, including but not limited to:

  • providing honoraria and/or travel for visiting speakers to discuss leadership and character within a particular course, discipline, or profession
  • hosting workshops or colloquia on leadership and character
  • supporting relevant professional development opportunities for faculty and staff
  • organizing student programming (films, discussions, field trips, museum visits, performances, etc.) related to leadership and character
  • covering conference registration and travel for faculty, staff, or students who wish to attend a related
    conference or present relevant research
  • funding student research assistants to pursue related projects
  • offering incentives for students participating in learning science research related to leadership and character

Departments may apply here by July 1, 2021. Recipients will be notified by July 15. Departments will be expected to submit short reports detailing how they used the funds by December 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

Course Development and Redesign Grants

Course development and redesign grants support individual faculty in the College or Professional Schools who are interested in integrating leadership and/or character into their disciplinary or interdisciplinary offerings. Through a partnership with the Center for the Advancement of Teaching, recipients will have the opportunity to learn more about intentional course design, apply research-based strategies to support the holistic development of students, and work with faculty and staff experts to design and assess new courses or modules in their department. Applications are encouraged from faculty who wish to approach leadership and character from a variety of disciplines, professions, traditions, or perspectives. Applicants who received grants last year may apply again, though priority will be given to first-time applicants.

Grants are available in two forms:

  • Course Development Grants ($4,000) to develop a new course
  • Course Redesign Grants ($1,000) to redesign a course or develop a new course module or unit

Grant recipients will be expected to attend a summer course development workshop series, tentatively scheduled to be held virtually on July 12-14. Recipients will continue to design their course or unit on their own and share ideas and feedback with fellow recipients. Recipients will be expected to submit a copy of the new syllabus or lesson plan by the end of the summer and complete a brief survey and reflection about what they learned by August 16, 2021.

Faculty may apply here by June 11, 2021. Recipients will be notified by June 18.

For more information, contact Michael Lamb, Executive Director of the Program for Leadership and Character and Assistant Professor in the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program, or Kenneth Townsend, Director of Leadership and Character in the Professional Schools and Scholar-in-Residence in the School of Law.