Presidential Chair Fellows Grant Program

Enrichment Efforts That are Meaningful and Achievable

The Presidential Chair Fellows 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 learning experience. 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 education. For the upcoming grant cycle, we are especially interested in supporting projects that address a specific opportunity for fostering equity, inclusion, and community(e.g., projects that implement inclusive teaching strategies, culturally responsive approaches to course (re)design, or equitable grading methods) but will consider any and all projects for course (re)design.

The grant program will fund up to four projects, each up to $22,000 over the one-year grant period. Funds are intended to make educational research 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 in support of undergraduate education. 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, or support areas of common curriculum between departments/programs.
  • Projects focusing on curricular content or design that has the potential to positively impact equity,inclusivity, and community in teaching and learning spaces.
  • Projects must be endorsed by the Department Chair and/or Dean.

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Deadline: Monday, April 26, 2021

If you have questions regarding project proposal ideas, consult with a Senior Consultant at the Center for Teaching and Learning (

Program Description

A unique aspect of the Presidential Chair Fellows 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 composed of other grant recipients and focused on curriculum (re)design. Fellows will meet in workshops and seminar sessions 3-4 times (1-2 times/semester) during the course of the award period, between June 2021 and May 2022. Meetings will include presentations and discussions by PCF Fellows and Berkeley faculty and staff with expertise in areas of pedagogy, curriculum review/design, and assignment design. The seminars will be co-facilitated by Senior Consultants in the Center for Teaching & Learning.

The Presidential Chair Fellows Grant Program 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.

Meeting Schedule, AY 2021-2022

The seminar will be held on the following Wednesdays from 12:00-1:30 pm: 

  • June 2, 2021: Welcome event and proposed project share-out

  • August 18, 2021: What does it mean to assess student learning and student learning experiences?

  • January 12, 2022: What are we learning from project implementation and/or preliminary findings?

  • April 6, 2022: What do I want our campus to know about my project?

  • May 6, 2022: Project Showcase Event

Meetings will be held either remotely or in a location to be determined.

Note: For purposes of continuity, at least two faculty members from each team should be designated to and able to attend all meetings. Please contact CTL to request an accommodation if one or more of these expectations cannot be met for any reason.

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PCF will return AY2023-2024