Community Engaged Pedagogy Fund


We recognize that teaching community engaged courses requires extensive preparation, communication and coordination with community partners, and logistics. COMPACT is therefore pleased to offer two grants to support faculty, staff, and postdocs from any discipline in effectively developing community engaged courses and/or adding community engaged research and creative projects to their pre-existing classes. All recipients will be invited to join a COMPACT Community of Practice.


1. COMPACT Course Development Grant ($1,000)

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This grant offers funds for faculty to allocate their time to redesign a pre-existing course or design a new course that meaningfully uses a community engaged mode of learning. Applications will be accepted each October and May. Courses developed with support from this program will be eligible for COMPACT Pedagogy Project Grant support upon completion of the (re)design process. We also encourage faculty to use this small grant opportunity as the basis for developing courses that might receive funding from the Provost Teaching Innovation Grant,  Theodore and Jane Norman Fund, and/or other University funding. Our next round of applications are due May 26, 2023.

2. COMPACT Pedagogy Project Grant (up to $3,000)

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This grant offers generous funds for community engaged research or creative projects that will be conducted in a Brandeis course. Applications will be accepted each October (for Spring courses) and May (for Fall courses). Our next round of applications are due May 26, 2023


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Congratulations to the 2022-2023 Recipients of the COMPACT Community Engaged Pedagogy Fund!

Rachel Raczka, Journalism ProgramRachel 

Smells Like Zine Spirit” 
Jour 89-A, Contemporary Media Internships and Analysis
Community Partner: Waltham Partnership for Youth
(Pedagogy Project Grant)

Iris Adler, Journalism ProgramIris

“Activists in Profile: Oral Histories of Changemakers”
Community Partners: Seed of Peace and Cummings Foundation
(Course Development Grant)



Ariel LudwigLegal Studiesariel

“Investigating Justice: From Early Radio to Social Media”
Community Partner: Boston Pre-Release Center
(Course Development Grant)