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Find Ed Tech Funding

There are numerous grants, fellowships, and awards available for faculty, staff, and students across Vanderbilt to encourage participation and innovation in education and research in the area of Ed Tech.


Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning (VIDL) Innovation Program

  • VIDL offers funding in four primary categories:
    • MicroGrants: for small purchases (up to $500).
    • MacroGrants: larger grants (from $1,000 to $10,000).
    • Working Groups: funds to facilitate experimental working groups across campus.
    • Student Innovation Awards: monetary awards for the best undergraduate and graduate digital projects.
  •  VIDL also offers letters of support for external funding agencies that contain a digital learning component.
  • Program Website.
  • Contact: Ole Molvig, VIDL

The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy, Microgrants


HASTAC Scholars

  • HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) is an interdisciplinary community focused on Educational Technology, Digital Humanities, and other digital scholarship. HASTAC scholars are located at a variety of centers across campus to work on a digital project, interact with HASTAC community in the blogosphere, and attend the annual HASTAC conference.
  • Eligibility: Graduate students
  • Award: $500 and funding to travel to HASTAC conference
  • Duration: Academic year
  • Deadline for applying: Spring
  • Resources:
  • Contact: Terry Tripp, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities

VIDL Graduate Fellows Program

  • Each year VIDL invites current Vanderbilt graduate students to apply to its Graduate Fellows program.  Selected students will receive a stipend and meet weekly to engage in a wide variety of projects designed to enhance digital learning at Vanderbilt and each student’s own capabilities and knowledge of digital learning.
  • Eligibility: Graduate Students
  • Duration: Academic Year
  • Deadline for applying: Spring
  • Program Website
  • Contact: Ole Molvig, VIDL

Center for Second Language Studies, Graduate Affiliate

  • The Center for Second Language Studies employs graduate students to hold conversation hours in their foreign language, and provides support for student projects in Digital Humanities or Computer Assisted Language Learning.
  • Eligibility: Graduate students in language departments
  • Duration: Academic year
  • Resources:
  • Contact:

Heard Library Dean’s Fellows

  • The Dean’s Fellowship program is designed to create in-depth learning experiences for students. With professional librarians as mentors, students work on tactical library projects that will benefit library users. Selected students learn new skills and complete projects that add to their expertise and resumes. Projects may involve work with rare print and digital collections enhancing accessibility, social media, exhibits and print resources.
  • Eligibility: Graduate and Undergraduate Students
  • Duration: 1-2 semesters
  • Deadline for applying: Fall
  • Program Website
  • Contact: Celia Walker, Heard Library

Blended and Online Learning Design (BOLD) Fellows Program, Center for Teaching

  • The BOLD Fellows program is designed to help graduate student/faculty teams build expertise in developing online instructional modules grounded in good course design principles and our understanding of how people learn. STEM faculty members partner with graduate students or postdocs to design and develop online modules for integration into a course, either as a tool to promote flipping the classroom, a module for a blended course, or a unit within a MOOC. The teams investigate the use of these modules, collecting data about the effectiveness of the module for promoting student learning.
  • Eligibility: Graduate and Faculty team in STEM fields.
  • Program Website
  • Contact: Cynthia Brame, Center for Teaching

Creative Scholars, The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy

  • The Curb Scholars Program in Creative Enterprise & Public Leadership at Vanderbilt prepares students to invent and imagine, to develop and implement innovations, and to critically engage how innovation impacts the public good. The Curb Scholars program is the first of its kind in the nation. Based on a deep respect for both academic and experiential learning, our Scholars engage in creative practice workshops and leadership salons led by top faculty, artists, and executives, coupled with internships and projects that build Scholars creative portfolios.
  • Program website
  • Contact: Curb Center