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The Penn Museum invites faculty to submit proposals for course development grants to support the creation of innovative classes that integrate the Museum’s collections and galleries into their teaching. These grants support faculty in designing new courses or modifying existing ones to incorporate a substantial new component of museum-based learning, and is intended to engage a broad group of faculty partners and build on Penn Museum priorities to support University teaching needs at a high level.


Full-time members of the University of Pennsylvania faculty from all departments are encouraged to submit proposals. The expectation is that at least three sessions will meet in the museum galleries and study rooms. Classes should be capped at twenty students to best be accommodated in our study room, or break into recitations of twenty or fewer students.

Funding and Additional Resources

Financial support is provided in the form of a one-time stipend of $2,000. These funds may be used for graduate and undergraduate assistants, material costs related to course operations, and faculty salary. In addition, some funding is available for digitization, conservation and photography support.

Academic Engagement staff will consult with all funding recipients to support them in integrating Museum experiences into their teaching. We can assist with navigating the collections database, scheduling meetings with collections staff and curators, arranging for objects to be previewed in storage or our study space, and coordinating with library staff for research and digital enhancements.

To Apply

Faculty from all departments and programs are encouraged to be in touch with Anne Tiballi, Andrew W. Mellon Curricular Facilitator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to discuss their proposals. Final proposals will be submitted electronically and should include:

  • Course description, including the rationale for the course
  • Vision of how objects in the collection will be used in teaching
  • Expected outcomes for students participating in a course designed around the Museum’s collections or galleries
  • Proposed semester for the course (between Spring 2017 and Fall 2019)
  • Written endorsement from the chair of the sponsoring department or program

All proposals should be submitted electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 15th for the next academic year.

Grants are funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of the Foundation’s ongoing commitment to strengthening the role of academic art museums in the teaching and training of undergraduate and graduate students.


Academic Engagement Department


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