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New Opportunities and Funding, February 14

2018-19 Community Engagement Incentive Grants

Application Deadline: March 2

This program is primarily directed at faculty-led initiatives, though student involvement is encouraged. Applicants are strongly encouraged to download and read the full proposal guidelines and to review previously funded projects before they apply. Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 2.  Late proposals will not be accepted. Funding will be available during the 2019 fiscal year only. Awards are effective July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019. All funds must be fully spent by June 30, 2019. Find more information and the application form at

Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life

Nomination Deadline: March 1

Richman Fellows are selected from among individuals active in public life whose contributions have had a significant impact on improving American society, strengthening democratic institutions, advancing social justice or increasing opportunities for all citizens to realize and share in the benefits of this nation. Appointment as a Richman Fellow includes an honorarium of $25,000 and requires the individual selected to spend two to three days on the Brandeis University campus in Waltham, Massachusetts, during the academic year, meeting with students and faculty and participating in other activities appropriate to the accomplishments or activities that define the individual’s appointment as a Richman Fellow. Find more information and a nomination form at

NEA Creative Writing Fellowships

Application Deadline: March 7

The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 non-matching grants for prose and poetry that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. The NEA Literature Fellowships program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. 

There is a budgetary notice posted here that addresses possible concerns for future federal budgets.

IMPACT Conference

The University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio will hold the IMPACT Conference March 1-4, 2018. It is historically the largest annual conference focused on the civic engagement of college students in community service, service-learning, community-based research, advocacy, and other forms of social action. Find more information at

5th Global Service-Learning Summit

The Global Service-Learning Summit will be held April 15 – 17, 2018 at University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. The GSL Summit has put out a call for proposals that address the following summit themes:

  • Dignity and Justice in Global Service-Learning
  • The Role of Values
  • Role of Faith-Based Initiatives, Institutions and Organizations
  • Nurturing a Community of Practice

Proposals may be in the form of conference sessions or case study sessions. Registration is open. Click here to find more information on the call for proposals.

Closing Soon

Academic Outreach and Engagement Council

Nomination Deadline: February 23

The AOEC is accepting nominations for the Excellence in Academic Outreach Award, given to a faculty member at the Chancellor’s Honors Banquet in the spring. Please consider nominating a faculty member for outstanding contributions to the public stemming from their academic expertise. More information can be found at the Chancellor’s Honors Banquet website.

2018 Tennessee Conference on Volunteerism and Service-Learning

Registration Ends March 11

The Tennessee Conference on Volunteerism and Service-Learning aims to increase service and volunteerism across Tennessee. The conference, held March 11-13 in Franklin, Tennessee, encourages collaboration between service leaders and participants to address needs in Tennessee while utilizing service and service-learning as a vehicle of change.