Call for Applications: Remote Learning and Teaching Grants

February 11, 2021


Center and Institute Initiative to Enhance Remote Learning and Teaching

With a challenging academic year ahead, a consortium of Centers and Institutes will offer funding for proposals that cultivate student engagement and enhance the online learning experience for Columbia students and instructors. As many universities and colleges grapple with the reality of online and hybrid instruction in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, faculty members, teaching assistants, instructors, and students prepare to learn and teach in unprecedented ways. Structuring engaging online or hybrid courses is not a simple task. To help ameliorate some of the challenges, the Center for Science and Society, the Center for the  History and Ethics of Public Health, the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life,

the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, the Institute for the Study of Human  Rights, and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute will offer funds throughout the 2020-21 academic year to proposals that aim to improve the online classroom experience and promote student engagement.

The Weatherhead East Asian Institute seeks proposals that expand knowledge of East, Southeast, and Inner Asia through teaching and learning. We invite proposals that pioneer new directions in East, Southeast, and Inner Asian studies and align with our mission to foster interdisciplinary and cross-regional collaboration. 

We welcome proposals from any member of any course offered in the 2020-21 academic year - instructor, TA, or student. Successful proposals will lay out course activities (to be carried out inside or outside class sessions) that will enhance the teaching and learning experiences of remote learning; they can also suggest innovative pedagogical strategies and tools. They can be proposed at any time during an ongoing, or in advance of a future, course. This funding opportunity aims to make resources available quickly so that students and teachers can respond rapidly to class dynamics, ideas, and opportunities. Activities might include forming online student-instructor groups, special events, public outreach activities or webinars, journal/book clubs, outdoor activities, in-home activities or demonstrations, financial support for assistance in the classroom, special speaker honoraria, etc.


All Columbia and Barnard faculty, instructors, undergraduate and graduate students, TAs, research fellows and postdocs (if teaching or taking a class in the 2020-21 academic year) are eligible to apply.


Funding of up to $1,500 per proposal is available.


Applications for the grants are open via rolling submission throughout the 2020-21 academic year.

We look forward to receiving innovative proposals, especially from students and TAs. Video proposals are welcome in lieu of a written activity description! Videos should be no longer than three minutes and may be up to 1 GB in size. Editing, visual effects, music, or other post- production efforts are not required. Visit our website to learn more and submit an application.