Proposals are due by Friday, September 29, 2017.

The Alex and Brit d’Arbeloff Fund for Excellence in Education is soliciting proposals from MIT faculty members for ambitious projects to enhance the educational experience of our undergraduates.


Projects can be focused at any level of undergraduate education, but priority will be given to projects that:

Proposals that make use of innovative, active, and/or inclusive pedagogies to improve student learning and the student experience are encouraged, as are projects that transcend specific departmental curricula, and/or make use of online technology.


If you have previously submitted a proposal or participated in the process, you will note the change this year to one proposal review instead of the previously employed two proposal review process. Since there is only one proposal and review, the d’Arbeloff Fund Selection Committee is expecting detailed proposals, which should include thoughts about assessment and budget as well as letters of support.

1. A cover sheet
2. A proposal (3-6 pages)
     a. A detailed description of the project, including your planned activities and timeline
     b. A statement about the educational need that your project will address including answers to the following questions:
         i. How will the project enhance your teaching?
         ii. How will it improve the students' experiences in the classroom?
         iii. What is the potential impact of the project at MIT? Estimate number of students served now and in          the future.
3. A budget sheet for the project that should include:
     a. A list of other secured or requested funding sources (the review committee looks favorably upon projects that have established cost-sharing with departments or other entities).
     b. A description of resources and staffing required, noting interactions among faculty across departments or schools and/or among faculty and other members of the extended MIT community, such as alumni/ae, close industrial partners, research scientists, and partners at other institutions.
4. Letters of support from the appropriate department head/s addressing cost-sharing for the project and the sustainability of the projects after the d’Arbeloff funding terminates


Proposals are due by Friday, September 29, 2017.

Send proposals to For more information, please contact Assistant Dean Genevre Filiault (3-5629).

Requirements and Restrictions

Funding Notes

Click here for a PDF version of the guidelines.