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About the Grants

Provost Jonathan Holloway seeks faculty proposals for novel and innovative practices that will enhance our missions of education and research through improved diversity and inclusion at Northwestern University.

Proposed projects should demonstrate how they will enhance our academic enterprise through expanded diversity, inclusion, and equity at Northwestern University including but not limited to sex, gender identity or expression, race, ethnicity, disability, socioeconomic status, age, political affiliation, religion, philosophy, or sexual orientation. Examples of projects that would be within the intended scope of this call for proposals include:

  1. A new course that furthers diversity and inclusion awareness for undergraduate students;
  2. An innovative recruitment program that will attract faculty and/or students or trainees who add to the diversity of Northwestern University;
  3. A conference or seminar that will increase the visibility of underrepresented scholars or their work;
  4. A mentoring or coaching program for faculty and/or students or trainees whose background, experience, and interests contribute to the diversity of Northwestern;
  5. Advancement opportunities for underrepresented members of the faculty; or
  6. Mechanisms to disseminate best practices/course materials to a broader faculty or student audience outside of your own unit or department.

The above list of examples is not meant to be limiting. We welcome any proposals that clearly demonstrate a measurable positive impact upon the education of Northwestern's undergraduate students or upon the climate of faculty recruitment, hiring, development, and retention at Northwestern University. We welcome proposals for both new initiatives and projects that build upon or enhance existing initiatives.

Application Process

CRITERIA: Proposals will judged on 1) The project’s ability to improve diversity and inclusion at Northwestern; 2) The proposal’s demonstration of how a measurable positive impact will be achieved upon the climate for and education of our students or the climate of faculty recruitment, hiring, development, and retention at Northwestern University; 3) Broad institutional support for the project, including other sources of financial support as appropriate for the scope of the project; and 4) Faculty leadership of project.

WHO MAY APPLY: Faculty of all ranks and lines, departments, or programs, are eligible to apply. This includes department chairs and program or center directors, but excludes any faculty with a decanal appointment. Faculty/staff partnerships must have a faculty member leading the proposal.

Faculty may reapply for a second year of funding for a previously funded project, if they propose substantial enhancements, increases, or changes to the project. Faculty who have had a project funded may also apply for funding for a completely different project. However, the selection committee may prioritize new projects and first-time applicants.

FUNDING: Funding is expected to range from $2,000 for modest proposals to $25,000 for extensive proposals that may include multiple faculty partners or extend across units or schools. Approved expenses include, for example, travel, lodging, meals, and venue fees. A portion of the budget may include some staff/student support to implement the proposal although the selection committee encourages faculty to utilize other funds for these salaries where possible. Grants do NOT cover stipends to faculty, course buyouts, or summer salary. See the budget worksheet for details. The selection committee may award partial funding in some cases.

APPLICATION MATERIALS: Please use the on-line submission form to submit your proposal. Please note that you will be required upload a completed budget form and a signed endorsement form from the lead faculty member’s department chair and school Dean.

All grantees must commit to providing a written self-evaluation of their project, including a brief budget summary, within one year of receiving the grant.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Proposals must be submitted by November 1, 2020. Proposals will be reviewed by the Provost’s office and a representative from the Northwestern Faculty Senate. Proposals selected for funding will be announced in winter quarter and funds will become available for those projects during spring quarter.  Work on funded projects should commence during the next academic fall quarter.

For a sample application proposal of a previously funded grant application, please email

In addition to the grants program described above, award funding is also available to celebrate exemplar individuals or groups who are working collaboratively to build a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable climate at Northwestern. For information on the nomination process, please visit Daniel I. Linzer Awards for Faculty Excellence in Diversity and Equity