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Course Development Grants

The Upstate Institute provides course development grants each year to support Colgate faculty with teaching interests that involve community engagement.


The Upstate Institute invites all continuing members of the faculty at Colgate University to apply for a course development grant to be administered by the Upstate Institute in partnership with the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.  These grants aim to provide faculty with the resources necessary to offer students immediate opportunities to apply research skills in the support of local agencies that exist to provide service to the community.  The Upstate Institute Course Development Grant will support a course that provides a community-based research component in one or more disciplines while addressing a significant, community-identified need.  These grants include a faculty stipend as well as support for course-related expenses to develop a new or revised course that engages students in community-based research.


Faculty at any level may apply for these opportunities. The proposed course may be new or a substantial redesign of a course the applicant has already taught. By accepting the grant, the applicant is expected to teach the proposed course two times in the four subsequent academic years. The applicant will also be expected to share the results of his/her course development work with others through various media, and should be prepared to work with the Upstate Institute on a plan for course assessment.

To Apply

Proposals are due to the Upstate Institute by January 29, 2016 and will be reviewed by members of the Upstate Institute Executive Board. 

Course Development Grant Application 2016

Previous Awards

Janel Benson of Sociology and Anthropology (“Sociology of the Family”), Jessica Graybill of Geography (“Urban Geography”), and Tim McCay of Biology (“Applied Natural Resource Conservation”) were awarded grants through the Upstate Institute in 2015, and each will teach their courses in partnership with regional organizations. The Upstate Institute has worked closely with these faculty to develop these partnerships and incorporate community engagement in the curriculum for each course; faculty submitting proposals for grants in the current funding cycle can count on this same support.