How to Apply
Proposals for 2017-2018 project funding are due Friday, February 3, 2017.
application forms: (click to download)
- Application Guidelines (PDF)
- Application Cover Sheet (PDF)
- Application Cover Sheet (MS Word)
- Budget Summary Template (MS Excel)
- Sample Budget (MS Excel)
The Alumni Class Funds support projects that contribute to MIT’s educational excellence and improve teaching and learning within the MIT residential educational system. The selection committee is especially interested in proposals for projects that explore ways in which innovative and creative pedagogies can help MIT faculty teach more effectively, develop new pilots or prototypes, strive to demonstrate the special and specific value of a residentially based education, or endeavor to improve student-faculty engagement and/or student self-efficacy.
The Funds support undergraduate education projects from any discipline as well as collaborations among disciplines. Multiple year projects will be accepted, but grants will be made on a year-by-year basis.
MIT faculty and teaching staff may apply. Student proposals will be considered, but only with the support of a supervising faculty sponsor and the appropriate department head.
Normally, grants range from $10,000 to $50,000. Larger grants will be considered for special projects. Cost sharing is encouraged.
The proposal deadline for projects to be undertaken during academic year 2017-2018 is Friday, February 3, 2017.
A complete application includes:
- An Alumni Class Funds cover sheet (see application forms).
- A proposal narrative that includes:
- A detailed description of the project that is comprehensible to people in other fields.
- A description of your educational objectives with answers to the
- How will the project enhance your teaching?
- How will it improve the students' experiences in the classroom?
- What is the potential impact of the project at MIT? Estimate number of students served now and in the future.
- Description of resources and staffing needed.
- Assessment plan and desired outcomes. To help you develop your plan, a workshop will be offered by the Teaching and Learning Laboratory on January 19, 2017 from 9:30-11am. Please contact email@example.com to RSVP and for more information.
- Requests for project renewals must include a report on the project to date.
- If you have received other funds previously from the Alumni Class Funds, briefly describe the project(s) and what was accomplished.
- A project budget that includes a breakdown of costs, amount requested, and other funding sources such as support from the department or school, as well as a budget narrative explaining the costs. For multiple year projects, complete the budget summary template for the application year and include an estimated budget for the complete project in the narrative.
(See application forms for budget summary template and a sample budget summary.)
- A letter from your department, program, or section head indicating support and plans to sustain the project.
(Word or PDF)
For additional information or answers to questions, please contact Assistant Dean Gen Filiault at 617-253-5629 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposals are reviewed by a selection committee consisting of members of the Classes of 1951, 1955, 1972, and 1999; the Deans from MIT's five Schools or their designees; and the Dean for Undergraduate Education. Decisions regarding the 2017-2018 awards will be announced in the spring.
If funded, you will be required to submit a report by August 1, 2018.