Stanton Foundation Applied History Course Development Program

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The Foundation wishes to promote Applied History courses that examine U.S. public policy issues that students will confront throughout their lifetimes.

  • Eligibility: To be eligible for a grant, a proposed course must meet two tests:
    • The issues to be examined by the course must be current U.S. policy issues or issues which relate to U.S. vital interests. These issues must be likely to endure through students’ lifetimes, whether they be international or domestic.
    • In the initial rounds of grants, the course must examine numerous periods in U.S. history (for more details, please refer to FAQs). Thus a course on immigration, which explored U.S. policies toward immigration since 1776 would be eligible. A course on World War I, in which the final week of the syllabus was entitled “Lessons for the Present,” would not be.

Applicants must be tenured or tenure-track faculty members. They must have received excellent ratings as a teacher in reasonably large courses (40 students minimum). The purpose of this initiative is to create a more broadly informed public, so preference is given to faculty at large institutions or those who anticipate substantial enrollments. A proposal to create a small graduate seminar, for example, cannot receive support under this program.

Grant applications will be considered for courses that will be taught for the first time in Spring 2022. Applications are due by March 15, 2021. Successful applicants will be notified as promptly as possible but in no case later than April 15, 2021.