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


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 for Winter term are due by Friday, Feburary 11, 2022. Decisions will be sent on or around Feburary 25, 2022.


Preview application here (PDF).

Applications must address the criteria below.


Applicant must be an instructor teaching an approved Dartmouth course in Winter or Spring term (2022).

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.

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 the Winter, Spring, or Summer term (2022). 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, you may request up to $1,500 to cover materials and other costs associated with implementing the new curricular module.

Interested faculty are strongly encouraged to attend the upcoming workshop: 

Design for All: Deepening Student Learning With Design Thinking

This session is for Dartmouth faculty interested in learning how design-focused activities and projects can be added to any course to deepen student learning and engagement.

Applications for Winter term are due by Friday, November 12th, 2021 at 5pm ET. For more information contact with questions.
Preview the application (PDF) before applying.


DIAD Program Overview

DIAD grant recipients to participate in the following:  

  • Attend a workshop and at least one design consultation with a DIAD learning designer 
  • Participate in the cohort kick-off meeting at the start of the term 
  • Participate in having your students complete a survey or attend a focus session about the design thinking component(s) of the course.         
  • Complete a faculty survey or attend a focus session related to your participation in the DIAD Program.    
  • Attend a wrap-up event at the end of the term or academic year.   

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