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Theme Semester Co-Curricular Programming Grants

Call for Proposals 

Beginning in Fall 2020, faculty and students from across the College of Arts and Sciences will spend the fall semester exploring ideas related to the single, intellectually engaging theme of “Justice.” Justice is an idea, topic, and aspiration that connects people across academic, political, and everyday spaces. 

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) invites proposals from CAS faculty members for funding to help develop and offer scholarly and creative activities and events that engage the undergraduate population and complement our inaugural Fall 2020 CAS Theme Semester on Justice.  

Programming might include: 

  • Lectures and panel discussions 
  • Colloquia and Workshops 
  • Art exhibits 
  • Museum programming and exhibits 
  • Film screenings 
  • Creative Performances  

For this pilot year, we anticipate that most awards will be in the $250-$1,500 range but will consider funding larger requests for especially strong proposals.  Applicants are encouraged although not required to pursue matching funds to cover the cost of the planned event.

Proposal Submission Deadline:  April 62020. 


Who Can Apply?

Any faculty member (tenured, tenure-track, or non-tenure-track) with an FTE appointment in the College of Arts and Sciences may apply.  

Expectations for Funding Recipients

  • Grantees are expected to handle all scheduling and logistics surrounding the proposed programming. The dean’s office will provide college-level publicity and funding of various amounts to all successful grantees.  
  • Grantees must submit receipts in order to be reimbursed for the approved amount toward the event or activity.  
  • Grantees will attend a theme semester kickoff party in early May 2020 along with a pre-semester meeting in August 2020 to share plans and discuss possible collaborations with fellow curricular and co-curricular grantees. 
  • Grantees will complete a survey and/or participate in a focus group in December 2020 to provide feedback on their experience with the Theme Semester pilot, so that we may improve the program in the future. 

Selection Criteria

Projects will be evaluated based on how successfully the proposed programming integrates the theme, the likelihood that it will attract student interest, and the overall quality of the proposal.  Since Theme Semester is meant to inspire discussion and reflection on important topics within and across disciplines, multidisciplinary events and partnerships between CAS units are encouraged.  

Application Submission

To apply, complete the online form below by April 6, 2020.   


Please contact Cynthia Davis at  with questions or concerns. 

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