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Brittingham visiting scholars grants for undergrad education – apply by April 1

The Brittingham Foundation has provided generous funding to enrich small upper-level courses or seminars for undergraduates by bringing distinguished visitors to the classroom. The purpose of the Brittingham Visiting Scholar program is to introduce advanced students to those working “in the field” who can help them increase their awareness of the kinds of expertise and accomplishments they will need after they graduate. Visitors who can help students make linkages between their academic study and the world they will enter upon graduation are of special interest to this program. Brittingham awards are intended to provide sustained interaction between a single distinguished visitor and a specifically designated small group of undergraduates over a period of a few days.

Criteria for Brittingham Visitors Scholars Grants:

1) Brittingham visitors need not have “academic” credentials, and we encourage you to consider proposing individuals who work outside the academy.

2) The program will integrate the visitor into advanced undergraduate seminars, capstone courses, or other small advanced courses.

3) The course or seminar should either carry honors credit or provide a means by which individual students may obtain honors credit.

4) Lecturing to large groups or classes is not necessary and does not enhance an application. Although the visitor may include larger lectures in the schedule, the proposal must clearly demonstrate that sustained interaction with an identifiable group of undergraduates is the primary activity for which funding is requested.

5) Although Brittingham Visiting Scholars may work with groups other than undergraduates, undergraduate education must be the primary focus of the proposal.

In past years, visitors have been on campus approximately a week; it is unlikely that visits of fewer than three full days will be funded. Budgets of up to $3,000 will be considered for each project, although larger awards will be considered under unusual circumstances. These must be carefully justified. Travel expenses, honoraria, special supply needs, and other appropriate expenses are included in this award. All proposals should include:

  • A brief letter from the department chair (or chairs in the case of co-sponsored proposals) indicating as specifically as possible how the proposed visits will strengthen the education of undergraduate students;
  • A brief (1-2 page) proposal from the faculty member(s) in charge of the main upper-level course(s) in which the visitor will work. The proposal must clearly outline the tasks, schedule, and contributions of the visitor(s), including any events such as lectures, workshops, etc., that would benefit other students, staff, and members of the community;
  • A budget of estimated expenses to cover the costs of the visit and other material which might be necessary, either in preparation for the visit or as a result of it. Meals and lodging will be covered by a per diem at the rate of $100 applicable only to the days on which the visitor is working with undergraduates on campus. Proposals should specify the number of days’ per diem requested. Air fares should be based on economy class, 30-day advance purchase. In proposing honoraria, bear in mind the standards set by other programs on campus, such as those developed by the University Lectures Committee www.secfac.wisc.edu/lectures/lectcomm/PoliciesAndGuidelines.htm#About Budget. The honorarium and per diem can be supplemented by the sponsoring unit through other funds.

Departments should forward their proposals for the 2009-10 academic year to Mo Noonan Bischof, Assistant Vice Provost, 117 Bascom Hall, by Wednesday, April 1, 2009 or to her at mabischof@wisc.edu preferably in PDF format. If submitted in hard copy, deliver three full copies. Announcements of awards will be made by mid- to late-April. For additional information, contact Mo at the above email address or at 265-4413.

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