Faculty Grants

The Division of Undergraduate Education (UE) offers faculty grants for course development, enhancing teaching and learning, and cultivating student discovery. Contact the sponsoring UE unit for details.


American Cultures Center

AC Course Development Grants

The American Cultures (AC) Center offers course development grants of up to $1,500 to assist in the design of an AC course. Such course development might build on an existing course offering but which is currently non-AC in status, or assist with the development of a new course which has yet to be offered.

  • Next grant cycle: Ongoing

  • Application deadline: Rolling basis

ACES Program Grants

The American Cultures Center welcomes applications for the next cycle of American Cultures Engaged Scholarship (ACES) funding. The ACES program provides faculty with the opportunity to develop, broaden, or deepen their research and teaching of community-engaged scholarship.

  • Next grant cycle: Fall 2021

  • Application deadline: July 16, 2021

Multimedia Teaching and Learning Initiative

The Multimedia Teaching and Learning Initiative and its fellowship program allows faculty and graduate students to enrich course instruction by working with media-based resources from the Media Resources Center (MRC) to create a critical and collaborative “clip” collection from some of their favorite and yet to be found favorite DVDs in the MRC. Members participate in a one-semester fellowship and receive a one-time grant of $250 at the end of the term, and an honorary certificate from the American Cultures Center.

  • Next program cycle: Ongoing

  • Application deadline: Rolling basis


Berkeley Collegium

Berkeley Collegium Grant Program

The Berkeley Collegium invites proposals for new and existing faculty projects that further the goal of narrowing the gap between teaching and research at Berkeley. The Collegium aims to fund up to five projects of up to $15,000 each over a one- to two-year grant period depending on the nature of the project.

  • Next grant cycle: Fall 2022

  • Application deadline: March 2022 (exact date TBA)

Berkeley Discovery

Berkeley Discover Departmental Innovation Awards

Berkeley Discover is a new initiative to develop and infuse the Discovery Arc throughout the undergraduate experience. The Departmental Innovation Awards will provide funding and Berkeley Discovery staff guidance to departments in a multi-year process of weaving Discovery into the fabric of the undergraduate experience.

  • Next grant cycle: Fall 2020

  • Application deadline: December 11, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.

Creative Discovery Grants

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded on a competitive basis to faculty to develop new undergraduate courses or enhance existing ones with innovative creative pedagogy and both online and offline opportunities for reflective making  visual art, design, film, media, the performing arts, and more. Faculty from non-artistic disciplines are also encouraged to apply.

  • Next grant cycle: TBA

  • Application deadline: TBA


Center for Teaching & Learning

Lecturer Teaching Fellows

Provides UC Berkeley lecturers with an exceptional opportunity to work individually, or in teams, to build teaching and learning tools, templates, and resources for both their individual courses and the entire campus community. Ten to twelve lecturers are selected annually to participate in a series of workshops and seminars focused on teaching and learning. Participants receive grants of $1,500 each for instructional improvement applied to their home department account.

  • Next program cycle: 2021-22

  • Application deadline: September 10, 2021

Presidential Chair Fellows Curriculum Enrichment Grant Program

Provides an opportunity for a team of two or more faculty members from a department to develop, improve, transform, and examine core areas of the undergraduate curriculum. The grant program will fund up to four projects, each up to $22,000 over the one-year grant period.

  • Next grant cycle: 2021-22

  • Application deadline: April 26, 2021

Teaching Excellence Colloquium

Offers new UC Berkeley faculty the unique opportunity to engage with new faculty peers, explore shared teaching interests, and conduct peer observations of classroom teaching. Faculty who participate throughout the year will be provided a course improvement grant of $2,000, a certificate, and a letter from their dean in support of their next merit review.

  • Next program cycle: TBA

  • Application deadline: TBA