Engaged scholarship course-development grants

13 May 2019 | DVC A/Prof Lis Lange

Dear colleagues

We invite academics to submit an application for teaching grants that are to be used for developing or revising courses that demonstrate evidence of community-engaged teaching and learning. At UCT this is referred to broadly as social responsiveness – engagement with external non-academic constituencies.

UCT’s Social Responsiveness Policy Framework states: “Engaged scholarship as a form of social responsiveness refers specifically to the utilisation of an academic’s scholarly and/or professional expertise, with an intentional public purpose or benefit (which) demonstrates engagement with external (non-academic) constituencies. It can help to generate new knowledge, promote knowledge integration, the application of knowledge, or the dissemination of knowledge.”

The framework lists the following as examples of such teaching and learning:

  • service learning / community-based education courses as part of the formal curriculum
  • community-based participatory research courses.

For the purposes of this grant, these courses need to be a part of the formal curriculum.

Four grants of R5 000 each are available for academics to develop or revise a service learning, community-based education or community-based participatory research course. Such courses would need to run no later than the first semester of 2020. These grants are intended as seed funds – funding for subsequent years will need to be made available from departmental or faculty budgets. The grants may be used for some of the following costs: fieldwork assistance, curriculum planning workshops/meetings, community partner honoraria, transport and other fieldwork-related costs.

Applicants need to outline their motivations for their use of the funds in the application. A task team, reporting to the UCT Teaching Awards and Grants Sub-Committee, will oversee the grant application and selection process.

Please follow the process below to submit an application:

  1. send an email indicating your intention to submit by 3 June 2019
  2. attend a briefing session on 10 June 2019 from 12:30 to 14:00 in the Research Office seminar room, where the criteria for selection of successful applications will be discussed
  3. submit the final application by 1 July 2019. No late applications will be accepted.

For any questions or queries, please email Prince Qwaka.

Complete the Engaged Scholarship Teaching and Learning Grants application form 2019.


Associate Professor Lis Lange
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning

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