Funding

DCAL coordinates several funding opportunites to support students, faculty, and co-curricular educators in their experiential endeavors.

Experiential Learning Mini-Grant - Up to $5,000

DCAL's Experiential Learning Mini-Grant program supports faculty in transforming assignments or projects contained within an academic course and creating opportunities for students to engage in intentional, reflective, and applied learning experiences. Grant recipients will receive both financial and learning design resources to enhance assignments in order to engage students more deeply in complex problem solving, creative thinking, collaborative work, and integrative learning. Funds may be applied to a wide variety of projects. including but not limited to: covering the cost of studio or workshop fees for students, supporting students in publishing or presenting scholarly work associated with the course, obtaining materials for student projects, bringing students on field trips or site visits, inviting experts to campus to engage with students, and more.

Click here to learn more about the program and submit an Experiential Learning Mini-Grant proposal.

Experiential Learning Seed Grant - Up to $50,000

DCAL’s Experiential Learning Seed Grant catalyzes the creation and expansion of intentional, reflective, applied learning opportunities across the institution with one-year pilot funding, dedicated campus partnerships, expert professional development, and a cohort-based model for project development. Through this grant program, DCAL engages students, faculty, and co-curricular partners in the process of seeding imaginative, high-impact ideas that have potential to grow into viable models for integrating experiential learning as a core component of the Dartmouth experience. From 2015-17, DCAL received 69 proposals requesting over $1,480,000 in experiential learning funds. To date, DCAL has awarded 42 grants totaling $690,179 in experiential learning seed funding to projects in 20 Arts and Sciences departments, 7 co-curricular centers, and all 3 professional schools.

The 2018 Seed Grant application portal is now live - and proposals are due by Friday, March 16. Click here to access the full 2018 Request for Proposals & the application.

Student Experiential Learning Fund (SELF)

The Student Experiential Learning Fund (SELF) is directed in partnership between the Center for Professional Development (CPD) and the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL). The fund supports students’ skill, confidence, and capacity building through intentional experience with and critical reflection on:

  • Internships, externships, job-shadowing
  • Non-Dartmouth research opportunities
  • Group and team projects
  • Social sector and direct service experiences
  • Conference travel and scholarly presentations
  • Specialized professional/leadership training

For more details and to apply, visit the Center for Professional Development's SELF page or contact [email protected]

Stamps Scholars Program

The Stamps Scholars Program allows the most promising students an opportunity to design an experiential learning plan (E-Plan) to build on or respond to what they've learned in their first and second years at Dartmouth. Stamps Scholars have access to an enrichment fund of up to $20,000 per student to engage in experiential learning opportunities that can be spread over multiple terms, during on and off terms. Examples of ways the funds can be used include pursuing: an entrepreneurial idea, a research project either on or off campus, leadership training, an internship, service learning, and more.

Click here for more information about the Dartmouth College Stamps Scholars Program.