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Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning

Rolling Beyond the Classroom Grants

The Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning (CIEL) is offering rolling beyond the classroom grants to faculty and staff involved in 4-year degree programs at University of South Carolina Columbia and Palmetto College campuses to support smaller one-time beyond the classroom engagements as part of a course or program. Grants of up to $300 will be provided to proposals that promote engaging students beyond the classroom and encouraging reflection on those engagements. 

Application Deadline: At least 4 weeks before event takes place



Up to $300 to create one-time beyond the classroom experiences for students in courses or programs


Full-time faculty and staff involved in 4-year degree programs at USC Columbia and Palmetto College campuses

How to Apply

Complete the Formstack application, including justification for the project with a budget. 

  • The engagement should be completed within the same academic year as one applies. Awardees will be notified of acceptance within two weeks of applying.
  • Funds will be transferred directly to their department or division once receipts have been submitted. 


Complete grant details are available in pdf form. 

Grants are competitive. Proposals will be judged using the following criteria:  

  • Completeness of the application and conformance to these guidelines.  
  • Reasonableness of the budget. Note: Up to $300 may be requested.  
  • Potential for the project to increase the opportunity for beyond the classroom experiences for all students, but also particularly for targeted populations of Pell-eligible, Underrepresented Minority, Transfer and Male students; produce results that increase student learning and help make connections across experiences.  
  • Feasibility of completing the project in the time proposed and with the funds available.  
  • Potential to sustain the integrative learning experiences beyond the grant period.

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee consisting of the CIEL faculty executive director, QEP director, experiential learning coordinator, and the QEP outreach coordinator. If you have questions or require more information, contact Laszlo Folks, Experiential Learning Coordinator, CIEL,, or 576-7771.

  • Implement the Beyond the Classroom engagement within the same year as application submitted.
  • Engage students in reflection during and/or after the engagement based on the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) learning outcomes.
  • Complete a survey on the effectiveness of this grant program and about the strengths and weaknesses of integrative and experiential learning strategies that were explored.
  • Share grant-related activities and results by providing materials for the CIEL website, IEL repository, presenting at the Center for Teaching Excellence, or otherwise supporting colleagues interested in learning from the grantee’s experience.
  • Provide access to student artifacts (e.g., submitted student work) based upon the assignment aligned with the QEP learning outcomes to help support institutional assessment efforts.
  • Assistance with logistics for the excursion/field trip from CIEL.
  • Assistance identifying relevant experiences and subsequent activities (such as student reflection) that foster connections.
  • Assistance with office-to-office transfer as part of the reimbursement process.

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