Experiential Learning Mini-Grant

DCAL's Experiential Learning Mini-Grant program supports faculty in the development and implementation of experiential learning activities in Dartmouth courses that engage students in intentional, reflective, and applied learning experiences. 

Mini-Grant Overview

The Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning offers one-time small grants to support faculty in the development and implementation of experiential learning activities in current Dartmouth courses in the Spring '19 or Summer '19 term.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until funding is exhausted. Applications should address the criteria below.



  1. Applicant must be a faculty member teaching an approved Dartmouth course.

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

    1. Students intentionally engage intellectually, creatively, emotionally, or physically in a direct experience
    2. Students have the opportunity to take initiative, make decisions, problem solve, and be accountable for the results
    3. Students conceptualize and critically reflect on the experience
  3. The 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:

    1. Innovate, take risks, and learn from failure
    2. Work effectively with people from very different backgrounds, cultures, and life situations
    3. Understand the importance of deep thinking and the power of the intellect to address the world’s most difficult issues
    4. Effectively communicate about complex issues and objectives
    5. Apply multiple disciplines and perspectives to a complex problem or opportunity
  4. Applicants will work with DCAL/Learning Design staff to ensure the project effectively meets the criteria for experiential learning and to craft a mechanism to evaluate the effectiveness of the activity in the course.

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

  6. As the funding in non-renewable, applicants should briefly detail other potential sources of support to continue the activity in future offerings. 

  7. Proposals should detail a budget with a maximum of $5,000 and indicate whether spending will take place before or after June 30, 2019.  


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

In  each case, funds must be utilized to cover costs associated with the assignment or project. This could include materials, travel costs, equipment, admission or registration fees, honoraria, etc.