Interdisciplinary Teaching Grant Program

The university’s first priority is to provide our students with a world-class education that equips them to face a variety of challenges across disciplines.  Innovative teaching fuels this central mission by continually employing new methods of teaching, developing new teaching approaches, enriching and reinventing curricula, and creating new programs.  Academic convergence through leading-edge research, creativity in the arts, and new forms of clinical care and professional practice drive this curricular innovation.

To advance these efforts, the Provost is pleased to introduce the Interdisciplinary Teaching Grant program to fund teaching grants that support interdisciplinary curriculum development through team-teaching and other teaching models that utilize expertise across the disciplines, the arts, and the professions.

With these grants, we aim to better serve:

  • Our students – by exposing them to the broad strengths of USC faculty and multiple disciplinary perspectives on the issues addressed in their courses;
  • Our faculty – by providing an opportunity to reach broader audiences and explore common problems from different disciplinary perspectives;
  • The institution – by building relationships that increase our ability to engage in convergent research and multi-disciplinary approaches to education; and by providing a platform that encourages the development and dissemination of novel teaching methods that emerge from interdisciplinary academic partnerships.

We ask for submissions of proposals for funding this academic year to support new course proposals or new offerings to begin in the 2024-2025 academic year. A faculty review committee will select up to 10 projects annually, awarding a $20,000 stipend for each selected proposal. Standard university policies and procedures apply to all payroll, payments, and expenditures supporting these efforts.


  • Each proposal must include faculty from more than one school or more than one division within Dornsife College.
  • Each proposal must include at least one full-time faculty member (tenure, tenure-track, and RTPC)
  • Faculty who received an award in the past 3 years (since 2020-2021) are not eligible
  • Proposals that satisfy GE requirements or serve as requirements for more than one major will be given priority

Application Materials:

  • Condensed CV of each faculty member (2-page maximum, each)
  • Abstract (half-page maximum): Summarize the primary objectives of the proposed course collaboration
  • Proposed course syllabus
  • Budget explanation (1-page maximum)
  • Affirmative email(s) from your Dean/Dean-delegate stating that they have reviewed your application with regards to staffing/structure

All proposal materials should be submitted by Friday, February 9, 2024.

Applications must be submitted online.

For questions, please email

Last updated December 2023