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Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning

Supporting Undergraduates through Integrative and Experiential Learning Grants

The Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning invites proposals to develop, implement and assess instructional materials or approaches that integrate within and beyond the classroom experiences to achieve course or program learning outcomes. Integrative and experiential learning experiences should support students in connecting theory and practice in meaningful and interdisciplinary ways and in reflecting on those connections. 

Application Deadline: TBD



$2000 in funding that can be used for materials, technology, transportation and more


Full-time faculty involved in 4-year degree programs at USC Columbia and Palmetto College campuses who have completed, or are currently completing, the Integrative and Experiential Learning Certificate from the Center for Teaching Excellence

How to Apply

Applications should include:

  • Complete grant proposal cover sheet
  • 2-4 page project description
  • Budget with justification
  • Brief resume or biographical sketch
  • Supplied cover sheet and budget template



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: Support of $500-$2000 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 Underrepresented Minority, Pell-eligible, Transfer and Male students. 
  • Produce results that increase student learning and help them 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.

For more information, contact Laszlo Folks, Experiential Learning Coordinator, CIEL,, or 576-7771. 

  • Participate in a kick-off meeting and three grantee cohort meetings Spring 2022 through Spring 2023. 
  • Teach the course developed or implement program enhancements in Fall 2022, Spring 2023, or May 2023. 
  • Share grant-related activities and results with CIEL. 
  • Submit a final report by January 15, 2023. 
  • Provide access to student artifacts. 
  • Assistance with course/program design and assessment strategies through CTE instructional design staff and/or CIEL staff. 
  • Assistance identifying relevant experiences and subsequent activities (such as student reflection) that foster connections.
  • Provision of four grantee cohort meetings from Spring 2022 – Spring 2023 to provide faculty with time to share ideas, plan the project, and receive feedback.
  • Networking opportunities with the potential for collaboration, scholarship and publications. 

Ben Roth, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and inclusion, College of Social Work

SOWK 668 - Environmental Justice and Social Work
This course provides a framework for understanding environmental (in)justice and environmental activism from a social work perspective. What does the study of environmental risks tell us about racism, classism, and sexism in our nation and world today? How are activists, communities, and policy makers responding? This Maymester course will combine intensive study and field-based learning to explore the forces and factors associated with environmental injustice and what we can do about it. The grant will help cover transportation and guest speaker costs.


Jeff Savage, Assistant Professor, Darla Moore School of Business, Dept of Management

MGMT 479 - Advanced Issues in Entrepreneurship 
Through this grant I hope to redesign and refocus one section of MGMT 479, Advanced Issues in Entrepreneurship. Specifically, the class would partner with the Nonprofit Organizations Clinic, run by Jaclyn Cherry, professor in USC’s School of Law. Jaclyn runs a Nonprofit Organizations Clinic (LAWS 716), which works with several nonprofits during the Spring semester to prepare and file their bylaws, charter, and other necessary filings (i.e. 501C-3, 501C-4, etc.). I learned that the Clinic often struggles to adequately advise their clients in the best way to fill out these fillings, as the founders of these nonprofits typically do not have a well-thought-out business model. To improve this, I would like for our class to take 1-3 nonprofits, depending on the size of the class, and work with them on developing their business model while the law students are working to prepare and file their paperwork.


Kathryn Whitener, Lecturer, Darla Moore School of Business, Dept of Management

MGMT 479  -  Creative Entrepreneurship: Porchfest Project
Cola Porchfest is a business-build experiential learning spanning two semesters facilitated by the same course (MGMT 479) in the entrepreneurship sequence. The course is a project-based consulting class and Cola Porchfest will be one of the projects introduced in the Fall 2022 cohort and continued into the Spring 2022 cohort of the same class. The plan is for students to organize a community-based music festival to be held in Spring 2023. The organizational work will require community engagement on a variety of tasks including but not limited to: 1) location scouting and commitment, 2) city permitting and law enforcement compliance, 3) sponsorship and advertising, 4) musician recruiting and advertising, 5) university participation and socialization. The fall class will lay the groundwork for the festival while also mapping processes, resources, and procedures for the event to occur in future terms (2023-2024, 2024-2025, etc). The spring class will execute the event while mapping processes, resources, and procedures for the development of a legal entity to execute future events.


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