DCAL provides funding opportunities to support Dartmouth faculty, students, and co-curricular educators in their teaching and learning endeavors.

The Design Initiative at Dartmouth (DIAD)

The Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning together with the Thayer School of Engineering is offering small grants to support faculty in the development and implementation of design thinking activities in current Dartmouth undergraduate courses in AY22/23. We encourage applications from all disciplines.

Each faculty grant recipient will receive a $1,000 stipend at the end of the term in which they teach the course. In addition, applicants may request up to $1,500 to cover materials and other costs associated with implementing the proposed design activity.

Visit the DIAD Course Development Grant hub to learn more and apply. Deadline to apply for the SU/FA '23 review cycle: Friday, April 28, 2023 at 11:59 pm ET.


DCAL is offering small one-time grants to support faculty in the development and implementation of new experiential learning activities in current Dartmouth courses. Preference will be given for activities focused on community building and student interaction, and/or examining/addressing systemic racism. This grant program is funded by DCAL's Experiential Learning Initiative.  

As a pedagogical approach, experiential learning requires students to actively and iteratively apply and reflect on the concepts, knowledge, and skills acquired in their course of study. It provides students with opportunities to confront the uncertainties, complexities, and challenges of bringing theory into praxis, and translating ideas into social application. 

Recent grants have supported the purchase of materials for course projects, honoraria for guest speakers, and software subscriptions to enable collaborative work. Funds can be used for any material or activity needed to facilitate experiential learning opportunities that meet the criteria outlined below.

Applications maybe submitted for any upcoming term and priority will be given to requests received at least two week prior to the start of the term in which the course is offered.


Preview application here (PDF).

Applications must address the criteria below.


Applicant must be an instructor teaching an approved Dartmouth course during the 22/23 academic year.

The proposed augmentation of the course must satisfy DCAL's definition of experiential learning by including the following components:

  • Students intentionally engage intellectually, creatively, emotionally, or physically in a direct experience

  • Students have the opportunity to take initiative, make decisions, problem solve, and be accountable for the results

  • Students conceptualize and critically reflect on the experience

An experiential learning activity must be designed to promote student learning and development. Specifically, experiential learning at Dartmouth should demonstrate a positive impact on students' confidence and abilities to:

  • Innovate, take risks, and learn from failure

  • Work effectively with people from very different backgrounds, cultures, and life situations

  • Understand the importance of deep thinking and the power of the intellect to address the world's most difficult issues

  • Effectively communicate about complex issues and objectives

  • Apply multiple disciplines and perspectives to a complex problem or opportunity

For the benefit of dissemination to the Dartmouth community, applicants will share the story of their experiential learning activities in partnership with DCAL. 

Proposals should detail a budget with a maximum award of $5,000 or as funding allows.

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 information and to apply, visit the Center for Professional Development's SELF page or contact

Teaching Professional Development Grants

Teaching Professional Development Grants of up to $1000 are designed to support and encourage attendance at workshops, seminars, and conferences related to pedagogy intended to support the applicant's professional development as a teacher.

These events may be discipline-specific or higher education pedagogy-focused. The purpose of participation must be directly related to improving instruction in Dartmouth courses and programs.


Any Dartmouth faculty member, graduate student, or professional staff member who is directly involved with student instruction.

Selection Criteria

Funds will be awarded to applicants who make a clear case for how attendance will contribute to their pedagogy, course design, or understanding of student learning. Attendance to increase course/curriculum content knowledge will not be funded. The experience must be explicitly and specifically intended to develop one's teaching practice.

Application and Award Process

  • Complete the Professional Development Grant application.
  • Secure the signature of the chair, program director or dean confirming that the applicant is eligible for a grant and that the experience falls outside the normal scope of the departmental budget.
  • Submit the application to DCAL via email, fax (603-646-6906) or campus mail (HB 6247).
  • If you are approved for the grant, you will be required to submit original itemized receipts for reimbursement after the event has taken place. These should be sent to Elaine Livingston at DCAL. All receipts must be submitted in the fiscal year in which the travel occurs.
  • Awardees will be expected to share their learning with the Dartmouth teaching and learning community through DCAL.
  • Applications must be submitted prior to the conference or meeting; no retroactive applications will be considered.