AC Faculty Grants

ACES Continuity Grant

Submission deadline - Friday, December 7th, 5 pm.

Notification - Friday, December 14th.

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 develop the community-based partnership further. For conceptual clarity, we recognize that “sustainability” is a mighty term, and it is best guided by four levels of interpretation which include 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. Examples of past use of funds include stipends for student fellows; honoraria for community partners; travel funds; and conference participation fees. Faculty can apply for up to $2,000. We encourage Senate and non-Senate faculty to apply.

 To complete application, please address the following in a one-page letter submitted to the American Cultures Engaged Scholarship (ACES) Program at sends e-mail):

  • How will the sustainability funds support the continued offering of the course and the community-partnership project?

  • How will you allocate the funds?

  • What semester will the funds be used?

  • Who is your budget officer?

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

Download a 2018-19 ACES application.

We are now welcoming applications for the 2018-2019 cycle of ACES funding.  In the 2018-2019 proposal cycle, several priorities have been emphasized to support community-engagement and engaged scholarship. Please see the 2018-19 ACES RFP Application to explore opportunities for funding.  Applications are due July 20, 2018. Please contact Victoria Robinson ( or Andrea Wise ( with any questions.

The ACES program is designed to provide faculty with the opportunity to develop, broaden, or deepen their research and teaching of community-engaged scholarship.

Participants receive and gain:

  • intensive training and consulting from and with the ACES and Public Service Center staff

  • potential funds for costs related to course community projects, graduate student hire, and/or community-based project development (as detailed per application category above)

  • opportunities to present research and best practices at an on-campus ACES seminar

  • new relationships with an interdisciplinary cohort of faculty

  • enhanced capacity to build and sustain long-term relationships with community partners

  • the opportunity to mentor undergraduate and graduate students in the development of community-engaged partnership

There are also a number of course development and partnership project resources available through the UC Berkeley Public Service Center, including:

Take a look at our past and current ACES courses.