The Alumni Class Funds are not currently accepting proposals.

What you need to know

The Alumni Class Funds support projects that make a novel or creative contribution to MIT’s educational excellence. We are especially interested in proposals that test ideas about effective education, including ways in which innovative pedagogies can facilitate learning and teaching within the MIT residential educational system, demonstrate the special and specific value of a residentially based education, or improve student-faculty engagement and/or student self-efficacy. The Funds support undergraduate education projects from any discipline as well as collaborations among disciplines.

Some key points to remember:

  • The Alumni Class Funds are open to MIT faculty and teaching staff.
  • Student proposals are considered with the support of a supervising faculty sponsor and the appropriate department head.
  • Grants typically range from $10,000 to $50,000. Larger grants may be considered for special projects.
  • Proposals for multi-year projects are accepted, but grants are made on a year-by-year basis.
  • If funded, you will be required to submit a report by August 2019.

What you need to do

  • Review guidelines below or download them in PDF format.
  • Visit the Teaching and Learning Laboratory (TLL) to review resources for developing your assessment plan. Attend the assessment planning workshop, when offered.
  • Send your complete, detailed proposal — including a cover sheet, 3-6 page narrative, budget, and letters of support — to by the deadline (generally in February).
  • Our staff will confirm receipt of your proposal by email.
  • The review committee typically meets in the spring. You will receive a decision letter by email before the end of the term.
  • For questions about your proposal or the process, email or call (617) 253-5629.

Proposal guidelines

A complete application includes the following:

  • Cover sheet — download in Word or PDF format.
  • Proposal narrative (3-6 pages) including detailed description of your project (please avoid jargon or language that can only be understood by someone in your field), assessment plan and desired outcomes, resources and staffing needed, and educational objectives with answers to the following questions:
    • How will the project enhance your teaching?
    • How will it improve the students' experiences in the classroom?
    • What is the potential impact of the project at MIT? Estimate the number of students served now and in the future.
  • Renewal requests must include a report on your project to-date.
  • Previous recipients should also briefly describe the project(s) that were funded and what you accomplished.
  • A project budget that includes a breakdown of costs, amount requested, and other funding sources, as well as a budget narrative explaining the costs.
  • Multi-year projects — complete a budget for the application year and include an estimated budget for the complete project in the narrative section of the form.
  • A letter of support from your department, program, or section head with plans to sustain the project after support from the Alumni Class Funds ends.