Signature Experience Course Development Mini-Grants

Grant Aims: This grant is offered as part of the Signature Experience initiative to promote experiential learning opportunities in undergraduate courses at Georgia State University. The goal of the grant is to support faculty efforts to develop or adapt real-world, hands-on, innovative course experiences that address aims such as increasing knowledge and retention, promoting critical thinking and concept application, and developing career-ready skills. The grant can be used to create a new experiential learning course or to enhance an existing course to add an experiential learning component. Several grants are available each year, with a maximum award up to $1,500 per applicant.

Signature Experience Initiative: Signature Experiences are courses in which “learning comes alive and students are encouraged to be active in their own education.” In these courses, students apply class content to a real-world sustained experience that they do not typically encounter in the standard classroom. Students produce a final project or presentation that reflects on their experiences and the learning achieved. There are currently about 390 Signature Experience courses available to undergraduate students. Different types of classes include internships, clinical rotations, domestic field studies, research assistantships, service-learning courses, study abroad trips, honors thesis work and more.  We’ve got them in every major on campus.  We put them in categories like Arts, City, Global, Professional, Research and Service. Approximately 70% of Georgia State graduates take at least one Signature Experience course during their college career. Every student should participate in these opportunities. Help us close the gap by creating new and exciting course options through these mini-grants!

Eligibility: All full-time faculty (Lecturer, Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor or analogous positions) in all departments and colleges of the Downtown or Perimeter Campuses.

Deadline: March 2020

Funding available for use July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. If looking for Summer 2020 funding, please note on application.

Eligible Expenses include:

  • Funds should generally be used for planning and implementation of experiential learning opportunities in the course
  • Faculty expenses for curriculum development
  • Summer support for faculty or TAs
  • Purchasing instruments, supplies or any educational materials supporting experiential learning activities in appropriate courses (or in the development of new courses)
  • Honoraria for guest speakers (limited to $200 total)
  • Travel grants to pay expenses related to taking students to an event, exhibit or another experience that is explicitly integrated into course content, goals and/or learning outcomes.
  • Up to $500 may be used to travel to a conference on experiential learning.

Non-eligible expenses include (but are not limited to):

  • Study Abroad experiences (Contact the Study Abroad Office to learn about opportunities for funding)
  • Items prohibited by state law (e.g., gifts for project participants, food, etc.)
  • Experiences not explicitly integrated into course and/or academic content
  • Any other travel expenses to conferences without specific approval by funders

Proposal Application:

An application and application materials should be submitted together to Please use subject line: Last name, first initial – mini-grant proposal (For example: Doe, J – mini-grant proposal). If you have issues sending all materials in one email, you may want to consider using Send a File. For the application form, click here. Please make sure your department chair signs your application and that in addition to the application, you include:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • Draft of syllabus that includes learning outcomes specific to the experiential learning component
  • Budget for Funds Requested: Indicate total amount requested for this project, breakdown of total cost, basis for the cost(s) estimate, and how costs (i.e., sustaining the course, supplies and equipment, personnel assistance) will be covered once project funds are expended.

Requirements if proposal chosen: If your application should be funded, you will need to give students a pre- and post-course assessment provided to you by the Special Programs Coordinator.

For any questions, please contact the Special Programs Coordinator.

Special Programs
Office of Vice President of Enrollment Management & Student Success
75 Piedmont Ave NE, Suite 1100
Atlanta, GA 30303