Course Development Grants

The ESC is pleased to announce the availability of course developments funds to faculty working on Europe, one or more European country or the European Union.  Grants of $1,000-$4,000 are available and can be used for library research, travel, student assistance or other expenses related to the substance of the course.  All full and part time TS and NTS faculty affiliated with the Center are eligible to apply (for information about affiliation, please contact Allyson Delnore (adelnore@pitt.edu). Applications are due by March 1, 2018 with the expectation that grant recipients will have a complete syllabus and detailed course proposal to submit to the faculty member's school for approval by the start of the Fall semester 2018. All travel must be completed and receipts submitted by August 14, 2018.

Grants are available to support work related to:

  1. Creating a new course with substantial (more than 25%) coverage of Europe. 
  2. Significantly enhancing an existing course to introduce or expand Europe-related content.
  3. Adding a component of pre-professional advising, preparation, or experience to an existing course with significant European content.
  4. Adding or enhancing the assessment tools utilized to determine the impact of a course related to European studies.

Further information and feedback on how these dimensions might be introduced or what kinds of new courses might be eligible is available from Allyson Delnore (for graduate courses; adelnore@pitt.edu) or Steve Lund (for undergraduate courses; slund@pitt.edu).

While all proposals will be reviewed, the Center is particularly interested in courses that, in whole or in part, serve one or more of the following programmatic foci:

  • Transatlantic Studies, including historical, political, economic and cultural aspects
  • Mediterranean Studies
  • Lusosphere Studies (with a strong focus on Iberia)
  • Scandinavian Studies
  • Science and Public Policy
  • Critical European Cultural Studies

In addition to the funding, the Center can offer specific support for course development based on student feedback and Center priorities. Once approved, all new or enhanced courses would be added to our list of courses counting toward our undergraduate certificates, advertised and posted via our electronic and social media outlets, and passed on to departmental and school advisors.  Faculty would be responsible for insuring the incorporation of new courses into their respective department’s approved course list.

View the application and guidelines.