Course Development Fund

The Faculty Development Committee awards grants that support projects leading to new course development and the enrichment of existing courses.

A preference exists for projects that have ongoing value; however, one-time course additions with significant impacts will also be considered. Grants from this fund have supported research in relation to teaching and have paid for a variety of different types of expenses. These expenses include travel, costs for meals and lodging (up to $300 per day for food and lodging). They also include visits to libraries, visits to meet with scholars with a specific expertise or programs at other institutions, the purchase or duplication of primary materials, and the purchase of other instructional aids. Course Development Awards are not meant to be used for the purchase of capital equipment including cameras, iPads, etc. For similar reasons, awards cannot be used to support undergraduate tutoring programs.

The applicant should first check with his or her department about the availability of resources allotted directly to the department or through department funds for the purchase of materials, and should discuss such efforts in the proposal. Materials purchased through the grant become the property of the College unless other arrangements are made and authorized by the Committee, with the following exception. The purchase of books, dvd's, etc., that would become the property of the applicant should be justified in terms of the project.

Award Grants

  • $4,000

A maximum of $4,000 may be awarded per application and faculty may receive up to a total of $8,000 in a given academic year from among the various funds awarded by the FDC, excluding leave support.

Application Deadlines

  • November 6, 2020
  • January 26, 2021
  • April 13, 2021

Applications submitted after 11:59 pm on the deadline day will not be accepted. Retroactive proposals will be considered if funding permits.

All applications should be submitted electronically on or before the deadline to fdc@bowdoin.edu.