Background

The Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD)’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee enthusiastically invites applications for the 2022 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Educational Development Mini-Grant and Collaborative Grant Application, formerly known as the Educational Development Internship Program and DEI mini-grants.

One of the cross-cutting priorities of the POD Network’s strategic plan is to advance inclusion, diversity, belonging, equity, and accessibility across the organization and throughout the field of educational development. As stated on the POD website, “[t]his priority reflects member priorities, a strong focus at many post-secondary institutions, and the recognition that progress toward equity requires great intentionality in order to reverse marginalization of historically underserved and underrepresented populations at all levels.”

This program serves two purposes: (1) to provide seed funding for educational developers who are from underrepresented groups or who work at traditionally underrepresented institutions to conduct research projects, resource development, or programming that focuses on advancing equity and inclusion, and dismantling racism in its many forms, especially as it relates to the teaching and learning environment; and (2) to support cross-institutional capacity, mentorship and community-building among educational developers in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The DEI Committee invites applications in two areas:

1. Mini-Grants

To encourage DEI work in areas of educational development, the DEI Committee will award amounts ranging from $500 to $2,000 to individuals or groups from a single institution. The mini-grants serve as a springboard for a diverse array of ideas and approaches and to provide seed money for books, materials, supplies, stipends, or fees that are needed to broaden education and spark innovation within the POD Network. While the mini-grant awards are for educational developers, they may be used to support related staff and student research that contributes to equity and inclusion efforts across the POD Network and the field of educational development.

2. Collaborative Grants

DEI work sometimes requires many individuals working creatively and collectively, and the Collaborative Grants are to support and expand the capacity of educational developers to share experiences, deliver mentorship and collaborate collectively beyond their own institutions. The DEI Committee will award amounts ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 for a cross-institutional project that involves up to three institutions. Of these funds, a maximum of $1,000 of each grant can be used for cross-institutional travel, unless additional travel is otherwise central to achieving the objectives of the project.
Competitive projects will demonstrate a commitment to shared knowledge rooted in practices developed at these underrepresented institutions.

Eligibility Criteria

The POD DEI Committee welcomes applications for the Mini-Grants and the Collaborative Grants from all individuals from any institution. For each application, all applicants must meet one or more criteria listed here:

  • persons from historically underrepresented groups including, but not limited to: individuals who identify as racial and/or ethnic minorities (as defined within the U.S. context); lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals; and individuals with disabilities.
  • individuals working at traditionally underrepresented institutions including, but not limited to, the following: Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Native American Tribal Colleges, Hispanic-Serving Institutions or Hispanic Area Colleges and Institutions, Minority-Serving Institutions (or those aspiring to become MSI’s, and community colleges).
  • applicants who would join POD and contribute to its mission over the long term with particular interests related to social justice and diversity, equity, and inclusion (writ large) in educational development.

Please note: Applicants are only allowed to submit one mini-grant application per funding cycle. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received a mini-grant in the prior years.

Mini Grants Overview

Applicants may be (1) an individual; or (2) a group from a single institution.

Mini-Grant awards range from $500 to $2,000 each. Awardees can use up to $500 for travel directly related to the project.

Recipients(s) will:

  • Submit a final report at the end of funding cycle
  • Participate in several surveys by the POD DEI Committee to help assess the impacts of this program
  • Recipients are encouraged to present their project results at the POD annual conference in the following year.

See Mini-Grant application form and details below.

Collaborative Grants Overview

Applicants must comprise a group connecting at least two and up to three institutions*

* An institutional letter of support from each participating institution is required.

Collaborative Grant awards range from $2,500 to $10,000 each. Awardees can use up to $1,000 for travel directly related to the project.

Recipient(s) will:

  • Submit a final report at the end of funding cycle
  • Participate in several surveys by the POD DEI Committee to help assess the impacts of this program
  • Recipients are encouraged to present their project results at the POD annual conference in the following year.

See Collaborative Grant application form and details below.

All grant applications are due Friday, September 16 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Notification of funding by October.

Mini-Grant Application Form and Details

Mini-Grant Application Form: https://forms.gle/9PdekK5girJHwEbT9

Mini-Grant Application Questions

As articulated in the application questions, applicants must address all of the following:

  1. Project title
    Provide a brief sentence to describe the theme or focus of the project
  2. Project Objectives and description
    • What are the DEI issues and topics you are trying to address and why?
    • Provide how this project will advance equity and inclusion, dismantle racism in its many forms, or
    • reverse marginalization of historically underserved and underrepresented populations, especially as related to the teaching and learning environment
  3. Project Impacts
    • Detail how the project will support educational developers from historically underrepresented groups or working at traditionally underrepresented institutions in the area of teaching and learning.
    • Anticipated contributions of the proposed project to DEI within the applicants’ institution/s, the POD network, and the broader field of educational development. (Grant recipients are encouraged to present their project at the 2023 POD Conference.)
    • How the objectives and impacts of the project would be assessed and evaluated.
  4. Project budget (Attach as a PDF file)
    • Explanation of how grant funds will be used to advance DEI work proposed in this project;
    • Include a budget that lists the following categories as needed: stipends for applicants/ researcher/ student workers (estimate of work hours), travel, printing/presentation materials, technology expenses (software, video production, podcast, etc.), honorarium for guest speakers or panelists, project materials (workbooks, etc.).
    • Potential support (financial or otherwise) applicants will receive relevant to the work outlined in this application;

Collaborative Grant Application Form and Details

Collaborative Grant Application Form: https://forms.gle/5YamCeiNWGordGQM8

*Please note that you will need to submit institutional letters of support for each participating institution (see File upload request in the application form).

NOTE: Additionally, the POD Network does not allow grant funds to be used for indirect costs by the institution.

Collaborative Grant Application Questions:

As articulated in the application questions, applicants must address all of the following:

  1. Project Title
    Provide a brief sentence to describe the theme or focus of the project
  2. Project Objectives and Description
    Detail how the project will build capacity and community around issues of DEI in the field of educational development across the two or three participating institutions (for Collaborative Grants).
  3. Project Impacts
    • Detail how the project will draw on shared knowledge and expertise from all institutional partners.
    • How the project will support educational developers from historically underrepresented groups or working at traditionally underrepresented institutions in the area of teaching and learning.
    • Anticipated contributions of the proposed project to DEI within the applicants’ institution/s, the POD network, and the broader field of educational development.
    • How the objectives and impacts of the project would be assessed and evaluated.
  4. Brief Biography
    The role of the applicants in the participating institutions and their expertise and experiences in DEI work
  5. Project budget (Attach as a PDF file)
    • Explanation of how grant funds will be used to advance collaborative DEI work across institutions;
    • Include a budget that lists the following categories as needed: stipends for applicants/ researcher/ student workers (estimate of work hours), travel, printing/presentation materials, technology expenses (software, video production, podcast, etc.), honorarium for guest speakers or panelists, project materials (workbooks, etc.); and
    • Potential support (financial or otherwise) applicants will receive relevant to the work outlined in this application.
  6. Institutional Support of letter (Attach as a PDF file)
    Institutional support for the project, as demonstrated through brief letters of support from someone in leadership at each participating institution (See File upload request in the application form).

Recipients of Mini-Grants and Collaborative Grants are expected to:

  • Attend the 2022 DEI Committee’s Annual Business Meeting (virtual November 7, 2022) and are encouraged to attend diversity-related POD sessions during the 2022 POD Conferences.
  • Present your project results at the 2023 POD Conference. Depending on the nature of your project, you may wish to propose an individual session through the conference call for proposals; alternatively, you will be invited to participate in a group session organized by the DEI Committee to showcase funded projects.
  • Share the outcomes of your work in a final report to the DEI Committee.
  • Acknowledge the POD Network in any publications, presentations, reports, or webpages about the initiative. Specific language for such acknowledgements will be provided in the award letter.
  • Participate in assessments by the DEI Committee related to the grant. These assessments help support POD’s strategic goal of promoting evidence-based practices.

Sample Projects

Below is a link to a previously awarded project. Please note that this is an example of the type of work the grant has supported; it is not a template for the kind of projects that the DEI Committee will support. In fact, we welcome new ideas that support the committee’s mission of diversity, equity, and inclusion in educational development. Please also note that though its name has changed, the goals of the grants have remained the same as those for the below application.

University of California at Berkeley, 2018
https://docs.google.com/document/d/190jbO46fUqLPvetm0D2K5nzhYWBz5aKtNefVt_eHxvI/edit

Questions?

Contact Grants and Fellowships Co-Coordinators Ching-Yu Huang and Lisa Jong at diversity@podnetwork.org.

We look forward to receiving your application!