Presidential Chair Fellows- Curriculum Enrichment Grant

Making Curriculum Enrichment Efforts That are Meaningful and Achievable

About PCF

The Presidential Chair Fellows Curriculum Enrichment Grant Program provides an opportunity for a team of two or more faculty members from a department to develop, improve, transform, and examine core areas of the undergraduate curriculum. The grant is a means to engage in a systematic, forward-looking curriculum project expected to render fundamental and breakthrough ideas which will enhance and transform Berkeley's undergraduate experience. For the upcoming grant cycle, we are soliciting proposals where faculty will engage in intentional design of student learning opportunities that lead to a Discovery Experience [1] for undergraduate majors in academic departments.

The purpose of this grant and learning community program is to make funds available to carry out curriculum enrichment efforts that are meaningful and achievable. The grant program will fund up to four projects, each up to $20,000 over the one-year grant period from January to December 2019. Funds are intended to make curriculum enrichment projects possible at the department or program level that may involve curricular revision or the introduction of new curricular components that address a specific need or opportunity for Discovery Experience. In order to seed the broadest number of sustainable efforts, we will provide no more than one grant per department. Departments who have not previously been awarded a grant from the Presidential Chair Fellows program will be given priority consideration during review.



Qualified proposals will be prioritized based on the following criteria: 

  • Grants must support the enhancement of pedagogical and assessment approaches, curricular content, or curriculum design requiring greater coordinated effort than is normally associated with faculty members’ regular teaching responsibilities.
  • Projects should have broad impact across courses and curricular levels. Projects primarily directed at the redesign of individual stand-alone courses or electives will NOT be considered.
  • Project must be endorsed by the Department Chair and/or Dean. 
  • Proposals that demonstrate support for the campus initiative on undergraduate Discovery Experience.

 If you have questions regarding project proposal ideas, please consult with Yukiko Watanabe, a senior consultant at the Center for Teaching and Learning (

Program Description

A unique aspect of the Curriculum Enrichment Grant Program is its foundation of scholarly exchange in the form of a learning community. Hence, Presidential Chair Fellows grant recipients take part in a peer cohort comprised of other grant recipients and focused on curriculum re/design. Fellows will meet in workshops and seminar sessions eight times (once a month) during the course of the award period, during spring and fall 2019 semesters. Meetings will include presentations and discussions by Berkeley faculty and staff with expertise in areas of pedagogy, curriculum review/design, and assignment design, as well as by the Fellows themselves. The seminars will be co-facilitated by Brit Toven-Lindsey and Yukiko Watanabe (Senior Consultants in the Center for Teaching and Learning).

The Curriculum Enrichment Grant will also provide a pathway for graduate students to participate in program level curriculum dialogues, and refine and hone skills in conducting curriculum evaluation and development. To this end, the grant monies are intended to fund at least one GSAR during the award period to work on the project.

Monthly PCF Seminar Dates for Spring and Fall 2019

The seminar will be held on the following Wednesdays from 12 - 2 pm in Academic Innovation Studio (Dwinelle 117):

Spring 2019 sessions:

  • February 6
  • March 6
  • April 3
  • May 8

Fall 2019 Sessions:

  • September 4
  • October 2
  • November 6
  • December 11 (Presentation)

Note: At least one faculty member and not more than two faculty members from each team must commit to attend the seminars as a condition of receiving the grant. GSARs hired for the grant are also welcomed to attend.

Applications for 2020 not yet open

Guidelines and Application (docx file)

Guidelines and Application (pdf file)

Past PCF Grant Projects

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