What is the Seed Grant?
DCAL’s Experiential Learning Seed Grant catalyzes the creation and expansion of intentional, reflective, applied learning opportunities across the institution with one-year pilot funding, dedicated campus partnerships, expert professional development, and a cohort-based model for project development.
To date, DCAL has awarded 47 grants totaling more than $1M in seed funding to experiential learning projects in 21 Arts and Sciences departments, seven co-curricular centers, and all three professional schools.
At Rauner Special Collections Library, undergraduate and high school students examine first editions of Emily Dickinson
and Walt Whitman as part of the experiential English 27: “American Poetry” course. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)
Broadly defined, experiential learning at Dartmouth includes academic and co-curricular opportunities that incorporate elements of research, service for social impact, internships, outdoor programs, entrepreneurial activity, leadership training, global study, and other project-based experiences that complement and enhance students’ academic learning.
The intended impact of experiential learning at Dartmouth is to increase students’ confidence and capacity for innovation and risk-taking, to collaborate across difference, and to engage in complex problem solving and reflective critical thinking.