Who is eligible to apply?
Faculty (standing and non-standing) members currently teaching or scheduled to teach a first-year seminar are eligible to apply.
What do the grants support?
First-Year Seminar Grants support arts activities and arts-driven pedagogy within and related to first-year seminars.
How much can you apply for?
The maximum request amount is $2,500. Grant funds will be disbursed to the department, program, or center through which the course is being offered, to be used exclusively for the purposes outlined in the faculty member’s application.
Applications will be shared by the College of Arts & Sciences each semester, along with a reminder to apply. The following is the timeline for applications by semester:
- Spring 2020
This application deadline has passed
- Fall 2020
Applications open in early March and close March 31, 2020
Applications will be reviewed by The Sachs Program staff, who will then give their recommendations to the College of Arts and Sciences. Final decisions will be made by the College, and notification will be sent to the applicants as soon as possible.
The application schedule and process may be subject to change.
First-year seminars are supported through a partnership between The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation and the College of Arts & Sciences.
The Sachs Program has limited resources, and will therefore not be able to fund all requests.
Matching funding is strongly encouraged, when possible, but is not required.
The Sachs Program aims to support projects that meet the criteria and which best align with our priorities for grantmaking. Should a proposal or application not meet the criteria and/or not align with our priorities, Sachs Program staff may recommend that an applicant withdraw from the pool.
The Sachs Program supports a creative, culturally diverse and pluralistic Penn community. We are committed to supporting individuals and groups from all races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religions, disabilities and socioeconomic backgrounds.