We invest in our faculty and staff’s ideas and teaching as they work towards a better, more inclusive future.

Washington University devotes significant resources to funding research and teaching that address the complex spectrum of work on diversity, disparities and identity. Below are internal grants that support the production and dissemination of new knowledge in these areas.

Center for the Humanities
Center for the HumanitiesThe Center for the Humanities provides many grants designed to support innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship and research.

The Institute for Public Health
Washington University in St. Louis Institute for Public HealthThe Institute for Public Health provides seed funds for collaborative grants that address disparities across the spectrum of public health.

The Teaching Center
The Teaching CenterThe Teaching Center offers a two-year inclusive teaching and learning faculty fellowship designed to support faculty members (or instructional teams) collaborating with The Teaching Center to develop, implement and evaluate inclusive strategies in a course or supplemental program.

Bring Your Own Idea
The Office of the Provost offers small Bring Your Own Idea (BYOI) grants to encourage interdisciplinary faculty dialogue across school and departmental lines to enhance community, enrich faculty research, develop new cross-school courses, and broaden faculty perspectives on topics of teaching and research interest.

“Grants from BYOI, Divided Cities and FASF have each funded research and course design expanding understandings of how neighborhood planning and design can address segregation. All of these internal grants have contributed to my building a strong body of research transferable to the student body through multiple courses, as well as publications.”

Catalina Freixas, Assistant Professor of Architecture in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

Previous Successes

Over the last five years, Washington University has awarded over a million dollars in grant funding to our faculty and staff to conduct research and develop initiatives that strengthen and promote diversity on campus or tackle the disparities that plague the nation’s urban core.

Diversity & Inclusion Grants
The Diversity & Inclusion Grants supported faculty and staff initiatives designed to build a more inclusive campus climate at Washington University. Read more about the Diversity & Inclusion Grants.

Ferguson Academic Seed Fund
Following the national unrest sparked by events in Ferguson, Missouri, Washington University created a seed fund to facilitate faculty research and teaching that investigated the urban core in the United States or globally.  The fund also supported research internships for students.  Read more about the Ferguson Academic Seed fund.