Academic Outreach Endowment Grants

The Fund

The Academic Outreach Endowment Fund provides financial support to both faculty and students for pursuits that involve community-connected teaching, learning, and research. Examples of these kinds of approaches include project-based learning (when there is a direct community connection), service-learning, community-based learning, participatory action research, and more.

Faculty: Please contact Tiffany Nourse Sargent with questions.

The Academic Outreach Endowment was created by the generosity of a Middlebury alumna from the 1970s. This endowment, inspired by the very meaningful experience of the alumna's thesis project, is used to provide support to students and faculty who wish to pursue community-connected opportunities and integrate "real world" issues with academic course work. The grants support the goal to provide students with experiences to apply and complement their liberal learning--combining theory and practice--and are administered by the Center for Careers and Internships (CCI).

Application Process

 Applications for funding for academic year 2013-2014 are now being accepted. The deadline is April 1st.


  • Grants will be awarded for Summer 2013 or 2013-2014 academic year projects.
  • Grants are awarded a maximum of $4,000, and typically range between $1,000-$3,000.
  • An e-mail announcing the grants and with application information will be sent in early March 2013.
  • The application deadline is April 1.
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  • Applicants will be notified of the committee decision by mid-April. Please note that recipients may be asked to present their projects publicly.
  • All undergraduate faculty, and all returning undergraduate students in good standing, are eligible, in all disciplines.
  • Graduating seniors are not eligible to apply.
  • Applications from both individuals and teams will be considered; team members may include faculty advisor(s), student(s), Middlebury staff, community partner(s), and other participants.


Grants are awarded competitively, based upon the following criteria:

  • The project must be academically rigorous.
  • The project must be directly linked to academic course work (it cannot be simply volunteer service or an internship experience).
  • The need being addressed should be community-identified with community partner participation.
  • The structured process of analysis and reflection should be of high quality and built into the project plan.
  • Representation across academic divisions is desired, overall.
  • Growth of the program is sought through faculty and disciplines new to service-learning.
  • Recipients' projects will represent a combination of local, national, and international projects.
  • The Academic Outreach Endowment does NOT fund community service initiatives or unpaid internships.
  • Funding does not typically cover equipment that is readily available through the College (e.g., digital cameras).

Funding Period

Funding for approved proposals is available from June 1 - May 31, annually. Please plan accordingly.

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information, please contact Community Engagement Director Tiffany Nourse Sargent '79.