Who is eligible to apply?
Faculty members currently teaching or scheduled to teach a Freshman Seminar are eligible to apply.
What do the grants support?
Freshman Seminar Grants support arts activities and arts-driven pedagogy within and related to freshman seminars.
How much can you apply for?
The maximum request amount is $2,500.
Applications will be shared by the College of Arts & Sciences each semester, along with a reminder to apply. The following is the timeline for applications for the current and upcoming academic year, by semester:
- Fall 2018
Applications open August 3, 2018 and close August 31, 2018
- Spring 2019
Applications open October 8, 2018 and close October 29, 2018
- Fall 2019
Applications open May 13, 2019 and close June 10, 2019
- Spring 2020
Applications open October 7, 2019 and close October 28, 2019
Applications will be reviewed by The Sachs Program staff, who will then give their recommendations to the College of Arts and Sciences. Final decisions will be made by the College, and notification will be sent to the applicants as soon as possible.
The application schedule and process may be subject to change.
Freshman Seminars are supported through a partnership between The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation and the College of Arts & Sciences.
The Sachs Program has limited resources, and will therefore not be able to fund all requests.
Matching funding is strongly encouraged, when possible, but is not required.
The Sachs Program aims to support projects that meet the criteria and which best align with our priorities for grantmaking. Should a proposal or application not meet the criteria and/or not align with our priorities, Sachs Program staff may recommend that an applicant withdraw from the pool.
The Sachs Program supports a creative, culturally diverse and pluralistic Penn community. We are committed to supporting individuals and groups from all races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religions, disabilities and socioeconomic backgrounds.