Spring 2020 Service-Learning Course Grants

Deadline: Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The Office of Service-Learning is pleased to announce the Service-Learning Grants program for the 2019-2020 academic year. These grants are available to any Ohio State University faculty or staff member who would like to develop or improve a service-learning course.  This includes courses offered at regional campuses and undergraduate or graduate level courses.  Courses can include either a partnership the course creator develops independently or a partnership with the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML). Courses partnering with CML should use the OSU-CML Service Learning Template created by the Office of Service-Learning and CML that has students serving in CML’s Homework Help Centers. This is a very flexible model that can be applied to a wide variety of courses, while at the same time alleviating the pressure on individual instructors to develop partnerships with service sites from scratch.  See this story about our pilot course for an example of how this template can be applied.

Applications are due on by 5pm on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.

Regardless of whether the course creator partners with CML or another organization, all funded teams are required to:

1. Attend a Course Design Institute led by UITL and OSL staff to help grantees develop their course structure and content. Meetings will take place on multiple days, with 20 hours total required for participation. Every effort will be made to schedule this commitment to accommodate all recipients’ schedules in May and/or June 2020. Please do not apply for this grant if you are unable to commit to this requirement. Grant recipients will be participating in a special session of the CDI that will specifically focus on designing Service-Learning courses. Any questions about the Service-Learning CDI may be directed to Teresa Johnson (2-3644, johnson.674)

2. Submit a summary report at the conclusion of the grant, including a narrative report accounting for how the grant was used and any relevant statistics or data that will assist the Office of Service-Learning to assess the grant’s overall success.

**New this year! Applicants from the college of Education and Human Ecology have the opportunity to combine our course development grant with a grant from EHE’s EDGE office.  Check out all the details here.


Application Assistance

Check out our Grant Tip Sheet!

Please contact Claire Sweigart at with questions.

Ready to apply? Click here for submission instructions and more information.