Penn Arts and Sciences

Course Development Grants

Together with the Office of the Provost, the Penn Social Science and Policy Forum is pleased to announce a competition for up to five Course Development Grants. Grants are to be used to design innovative courses in policy-relevant social science for undergraduates or graduate students. We strongly encourage proposals for courses that bridge disciplines or schools, including courses that may be cross-listed. We also encourage, where appropriate, courses that connect scholarship and policy analysis. Funds, between $2000 and $5000, will be available to successful applicants. These funds can be used for graduate and undergraduate assistants, course operations, and faculty salary.

Faculty at Penn in any of the 12 schools are eligible, and courses may be proposed for any future semester. We look to support innovations in the types of materials assigned, in classroom task design, in the format of graded assignments, as well as new team teaching, especially across schools.

Proposal Format: Proposals should be no longer than 500 words. They should outline the subject matter, the innovations planned, and the reasoning why these particular initiatives are promising. In addition, proposals should include a cover page that includes the name and departmental affiliation of the applicant, contact information (including email), and the title of the proposal. Applicants should also include a short biographical sketch, not to exceed one page and a budget specifying the proposed use of the requested funding.

Please submit applications as one single PDF to the Penn Social Science and Policy Forum at

Deadline: March 1, 2015.

2014 Penn SSPF Course Development Grant Winners

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