Presidential Chair Fellows- Resilience Grant

About PCF-Resilience

The Presidential Chair Fellows Resilience Grant Program provides an opportunity for a team of two or more faculty members -- from a department or across departments -- to examine, develop, improve, and transform core areas of the undergraduate curriculum. For the upcoming grant cycle, we are soliciting proposals where faculty will engage in intentional design of student learning opportunities that address a specific need or opportunity for enhancing instructional resilience. We are especially interested in supporting projects that will benefit teaching in contexts for which remote instruction is particularly challenging (e.g., projects that improve resilience for laboratory or studio courses).

The purpose of this grant and learning community program is to make funds available to carry out curricular instructional resilience efforts that are meaningful and achievable. The grant program will fund up to four projects, each up to $22,000 over the one-year grant period from August 2020 to June 2021.


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.
  • Special consideration will be given to projects that:
    • have broad impact across courses and curricular levels, or support areas of common curriculum between departments or programs.
    • focus on curricular content or design that is particularly impacted by the remote teaching context.
  • Project must be endorsed by the Department Chair and/or Dean. 

If you have questions regarding project proposal ideas, please consult the Center for Teaching and Learning (

Program Description

A unique aspect of the Resilience 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 in support of instructional resilience. Fellows will meet in workshops and seminar sessions six times during the course of the award period, during fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters. Meetings will include presentations and discussions by Berkeley faculty and staff with expertise in different areas of pedagogy, as well as by the Fellows themselves. The seminars will be co-facilitated by Senior Consultants in the Center for Teaching and Learning.

The Resilience Grant will also provide a pathway for graduate students to participate in curricular dialogues 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 Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

Meetings will be held on the following Wednesdays from 12 - 1:30 pm:

Fall 2020 sessions:

  • September 9
  • October 14
  • November 18

Spring 2021 Sessions:

  • February 3
  • March 10
  • April/May Spring Culminating Event (date TBD)

2020 Applications

Deadline: August 3, 2020

Guidelines and Application (docx file)

Guidelines and Application (PDF file)