TBC Major/Mid-Size Grants (Faculty)

Due date for applications for the TBC Major and Mid-Size Grants for the Fall 2023 semester is Monday, April 3, 2023 at 5pm

TBC Major and Mid-Size grants are open only to regular faculty (both T&TT and TPAC) in the College of Arts and Letters. All College of Arts and Letters faculty, including adjunct faculty, visiting faculty, graduate students, and post docs who are instructors of record, may apply for one of the TBC small grants.

We do not fund projects which can be construed as essentially student research projects for which students are eligible to receive their own research funding. Activities for which students must miss other classes will not be funded. All proposed events must occur during the academic year. No events during the summer term will be funded.

Major Grant (funding up to $20,000)

Examples of activities suitable for a Major Grant include taking students to a series of world-class cultural events (play, opera, etc.) or visiting a unique site that is the focus of a course and for which there is no reasonable analog nearby. It is expected that these activities will be scheduled during fall or spring break and that the trip will last at least four days.

Faculty can receive a maximum of one Major Grant every three years. This grant is highly competitive, as the College only funds one each semester. Due to Covid, awards were not awarded during the AY 2020-21, therefore that year will not count in the three years between awards.

Mid-Size Grant (funding up to $5,000)

Examples of such activities suitable for the Mid-Size Grant include taking students to a cultural event (play, film, opera, etc.) or visiting a unique site that is the focus of the course located at a distance for which overnight accommodations would generally be needed.

Faculty can receive a maximum of one Mid-Size Grant per year and projects normally will not be funded two years in a row. This grant is competitive, as the College will only fund two to three grants per semester. 


To apply for this award, an online application needs to be completed. Faculty should then submit an abbreviated CV, itemized budget and a proposal of no more than 500 words, to Megan Fitz. A letter of support from the chair of your department describing the contribution the course makes to the major/minor and that addresses your performance as a teacher should be sent under separate cover. 

The proposal should provide a description of the proposed event, cultural excursions, or other activity, and a clear explanation of the ways this will help advance learning beyond the classroom. Include how this course relates to a departmental major or college/university requirement and whether or not students will complete a substantial project based on the excursion, activity, or event.

Proposals will be vetted by a faculty committee that includes the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies. You can find more information about successful applications on the Teaching Beyond the Classroom Awards- Archived page.