How rigid is the requirement that the course be case based?

The Foundation does not expect grantees to develop a series of stand-alone cases like those created for business school courses. The intent of this program is to offer faculty the opportunity to create an Applied History course that will focus on a particular U.S. policy issue (for example, immigration, U.S. relations with Russia, environmental regulation, etc.) and examine specific examples (or “cases”) of how these issues have been approached over a wide span of years, and how these ‘cases’ can inform decisions today.

Can more than one faculty member at the same university receive a course development grant?

Yes, more than one faculty member at the same university can receive a grant. The university must be sufficiently large to support more than one applied history course.

Does revising an existing applied history course count as developing a new course and therefore qualify for a grant?

Revising an existing course might qualify for a grant. The Stanton Foundation will review the faculty member's application and determine the answer to this question on a case-by-case basis.

What if my university limits the number of students who can attend an undergraduate or first-year graduate course such that only a few students can enroll?

If a faculty member's university limits its class sizes, the faculty member should inform the Stanton Foundation regarding this constraint during the application process. However, tight enrollment limits make it less likely that the course will be supported.

Can two faculty members work together to develop a new applied history course?

Yes, in general, two faculty members can work together to develop a new applied history course. The faculty members should submit their joint application and the Stanton Foundation will determine the answer to this question on a case-by-case basis. Please note that the maximum funding level remains $50,000 regardless of how many faculty members work to develop the new course.

Is the funding available for additional development of a course after the initial grant?

Funding must ordinarily be used within two years to implement, i.e. to prepare the course and to support one revision. The faculty member should consider how to extend any enhancements beyond the first two years without incurring additional costs, or by securing support from her/his own university.

Can the faculty member use some of their budget to train their TA, or on projects that are not related to the course development?

No, the grant is strictly a course development grant. The money cannot be spent on anything not included in the approved budget.

Will the Foundation fund teaching a new course that a faculty member will develop for free?

No. The grants are intended to support faculty time and other resources needed to develop new applied history courses, not to fund the teaching of courses that a faculty member has already developed or will develop for free.