Current and Upcoming

Call for Applications: Course Development Grants

September 6, 2024
11:59 PM


Open to instructors (at both Columbia and Barnard) who will be able to establish the course beyond a single semester. Co-applicants from outside the university can serve as collaborators on the course. 


Grantees will receive a $1,500-$4,000 research allowance to be used for the development and teaching of the course within the following two years. 

If non-academic community collaborators are part of the project, at least half of the funds will be awarded directly to the partners. Honoraria cannot be paid to any University faculty or staff. Costs can include books, instructional and course materials, consultant fees, expenses related to meetings between co-instructors such as compensation awards and travel costs for outside collaborators, and funding to support student activities such as field trips or research projects. Funds will be transferred to the awardee's accounts in his/her home department.


The Center for Science and Society at Columbia University invites proposals for the development of new curricular offerings open to undergraduate students in the study of science, technology, and society or the environmental and climate humanities. The aim of this grant program is to introduce and implement regularly taught courses that deal with issues in science, technology, and society. Information on the courses funded in previous rounds of course development grants can be found via our course development page.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Develop courses that can be taught more than once (even if by other instructors)
  • Contribute to two undergraduate minors that are being developed by the Center, Science and Society, Technology, and Society and Climate Humanities
  • Seek to co-develop and design pedagogical offerings with collaborators outside academia
  • Incorporate experiential learning opportunities for students

The Center for Science and Society will help publicize the courses across the University and feature the courses on its website. Administrative assistance will also be available to awardees to facilitate inter-school and inter-departmental issues that may arise in the development and cross-listing of the course.


To apply, please complete the following application form by September 6, 2024 at 11:59PM ET. Documents to be uploaded with the form include:

  • Budget
  • Course outline or draft of course syllabus (including any tentative plans for community-engaged and/or experiential learning)
  • Instructor(s) CVs or resumes (for non-academic co-applicants)

Please email the Center’s Assistant Director of Curriculum Development Madi Whitman at [email protected] with any questions.