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Brown Teaching Grant Workshop

The Committee on Teaching invites all Rice faculty members to submit grant proposals for projects that foster excellence in undergraduate teaching at Rice. Funds for these Brown Foundation Teaching grants can be used to support a variety of activities, including “seminars and other programs aimed to improve the quality of teaching, and . . . studies and experimental tests of new instructional methods or programs.” In previous years, awards have ranged from a few hundred dollars to $5,000.

Projects involving significant innovation and those that benefit a large number of students are strongly encouraged. In the past, awards have been made for purchase of equipment, supplies, and materials; for honoraria for outside speakers and consultants; for support of special events; for wages of individuals who assist with a project; and for reasonable costs associated with developing and teaching a new undergraduate course, except for supplements to the instructor’s salary. These grants are intended solely for the enhancement of undergraduate instruction, and not to support faculty research or graduate education. 

Proposals should be prepared and documented according to the attached guidelines. All proposals will be evaluated at the same time by members of the Committee on Teaching, and the Committee’s recommendations will be reviewed by the Provost’s office. Funded proposals may later be made available for other Rice faculty to read.

Interested faculty are invited to attend a workshop held by the Center for Teaching Excellence that will provide guidance on the content of successful Brown Teaching Grant proposals and information about selection criteria. The workshop is currently scheduled for Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from noon to 1 pm, in Herring 129. (Contact Josh Eyler at for details).

DEADLINE: Brown Teaching Grant proposals must be submitted in pdf format to by the deadline of 5:00pm on Monday, March 5th, 2018. Proposals received after this will not be considered. For questions, or if receipt of your proposal has not been confirmed within 72 hours of submission, please email me at

Earlier Event: January 29
Workshop: Inquiry-Based Learning