AC Faculty Grants

AC Course Development Grant

We are pleased to announce that it is now offering course development grants of up to $1,500 to assist in the design of an AC course. Such course development might build on an existing course offering, but which is currently non-AC in status, or alternatively assist with the development of a new course which has yet to be offered.  Funding support may be requested in three categories:

(i) materials, which might include photocopying and printing, books and supplies

(ii) student hourly help, to assist with for example, digitizing materials (e.g., slides, maps, manuscripts, photographs), bibliographical and syllabi searches, or assignment-related research

(iii) general course enhancement, for example, assessment tool creation, social media assignment development, guest speaker honorarium, field site visits and transportation costs, student project support.

Apply via email: download the below file in Word format and send back the completed application (in the body of an email or as an attachment) to

Download application.

Multimedia Teaching and Learning Initiative Grant

The MRC and The AC Center are pleased to announce the ‘Multimedia Teaching and Learning’ Initiative and its ‘Fellows’ program. The fellowship will allow faculty and graduate students to enrich course instruction by working with media based resources from the MRC. And before the use of DVD’s is history, participants will learn how to create ‘clips’ from some of their favorite and yet to be found favorite DVD’s in the MRC. Members will participate in a one-semester fellowship and receive a onetime grant of $500 at the end of the term and an honorary certificate from the AC Center. Below are the expectations and responsibilities for the fellows:

  • Work to identify relevant clips from feature films, educational documentaries and/or audio based media from the MRC and Berkeley Language Center

  • Develop a familiarity with the LFLFC (Library of Foreign Language Film Clips) interface, including searching, clipping, metadata and annotation features

  • Learn how to embed video in bCourses

  • Provide quality feedback to the MRC on the training program as well as any “lessons learned” to help improve instructor experience

If you are interested in learning more about the fellowship, please feel free to contact Gisele Tanasse ( sends e-mail)) and/or drop in during office hours: Academic Innovation Studio, 117 Dwinelle, this Wednesday (and every other 1st Wednesday of the month) from 10am-12pm.   

For a list of of the materials provided in this workshop, please visit the guide for tools and links(link is external) page, which includes links to the LFLFC, our clip prep worksheet and our terms list.

ACES Course Grant

ACES provides support for faculty to incorporate community-based learning into new or revised AC courses.  Faculty selected as Chancellor’s Public Scholars receive a faculty research grant of $3000, up to $1500 in additional funds for community project costs, logistical support for the implementation of the course from one or more undergraduate or graduate students serving as Chancellor’s Public Fellows and staff consulting services.  

Faculty and students are offered broad based campus support including an intensive 2-day Summer Institute, 2-3 brown-bag meetings per semester, an annual symposium and workshops and meetings throughout the year (past workshops topics have included: tenure and promotion; technology and community based-projects; syllabus development and community based research projects.  There are a number of substantial course development and partnership project support documents available through the UC Berkeley Public Service Center, including:

Take a look at our past and current ACES courses.

The AC Center is now welcoming proposals for 2015-16 year.  Although we welcome all proposal, and especially encourage proposals that address K-12 education, environmental justice, the arts, public health, and/or suggest collaborations with partners in Richmond or with previous ACES community organizations.  If you are interested in discussing these options, please contact Victoria Robinson.

Expectations for 2015-2016 Chancellor's Public Scholars:

  • UC Berkeley faculty selected to serve as 2015 Chancellor’s Public Scholars are expected to develop new or revised American Cultures courses to be taught in Fall 2015 or Spring 2016.

  • Proposed courses must clearly meet the curricular expectations of the American Cultures program and funds will not be released until the course is approved by the American Cultures faculty sub-committee.

  • Attend an intensive all day ACES Institute 9:00-3:00 on either Friday, February 27th or Saturday February 28th (to be confirmed based on teaching schedules). The ACES Institute is designed to provide faculty with the opportunity to develop, broaden, or deepen their research and teaching of community-engaged scholarship.

  • Attend 1-2 cohort meetings in both Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 semesters for faculty and students to address developing needs and ideas

  • Conduct ACES pre- and post- assessment in courses

ACES Continuity Grant

Faculty who have offered courses supported by the American Cultures Engaged Scholarship (ACES) program are eligible to apply for ACES Course Continuation Funds. These course continuation funds are an essential element in sustaining the work already achieved within the initial ACES course offering and provide opportunities to further develop the community-based partnership. For conceptual clarity, we recognize that “sustainability” is a mighty term, and best guided by four levels of interpretation which includes sustainability of: 
  1. The course offering
  2. The community-partnership project
  3. The dissemination of the community-partnership projects
  4. The faculty research derived from the community-based partnership. 
These course continuation funds are attached directly to the continued offering of the course and the related community- partnership project. Faculty can apply for up to $3,000. These grants can only be awarded twice.
With this expectation in mind, please explain how sustainability funds will support the continued offering of the course and the community-partnership project and submit the following form.
The application cycle for 2015-16 is currently closed.  Please check back in Fall 2016 for the next application period.