Call for Proposals: Morgridge Center for Public Service Community-Based Learning Course Development Grants

Proposals for the Morgridge Center for Public Service Community-Based Learning Course Development Grants are due Jan, 2, 2019 for courses to be taught during either Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020 or Summer 2020. Faculty or instructional staff can apply for up to $5,000 ($15,000 for summer term courses) in funding to create a new course or modify an existing course to be taught using a community-based learning approachThis grant can be received only once per course.

Information about how to apply can be found here.

The Course Development Grant program is intended to support courses that bring together a diverse group of UW–Madison students to engage in community-based learning with non-profit or community organizations. Community-based learning is a credit-bearing, high-impact educational experience that integrates meaningful community service, both direct service as well as project-based work, with guided reflection to enhance students’ understanding of course content and sense of civic responsibility. This initiative is designed to support undergraduate and graduate level courses in all disciplines, and priority will be given to proposals that describe a plan for involving under-represented UW students.

Two examples of courses that have received this grant are Legal Studies 400 and Folklore 490. In Legal Studies 400, students interested in healthcare professions develop an understanding of the impacts of social and legal issues on health by working directly with patients in partnership with local health clinics to identify social determinants negatively affecting patient health and assist in connecting patients with resources. In Folklore 490, a summer course, students considered the cultural, political, and ethical dimensions of documenting and presenting local culture at a folk festival in Michigan.

Contact Beth Tryon, Assistant Director for Community-Engaged Scholarship, with any questions at or (608) 890-3334.