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Course Development Grants

Course Development Grants
Get funding to bring UMS into your classroom!

UMS will fund U-M courses that include UMS performances in their course design.

U-M faculty from all campuses are invited to propose courses that feature UMS performances as a significant part of their curriculum. Faculty of all ranks across all U-M campuses are eligible to apply.

Funding can be used for a variety of applications. Some examples include:

  • Subsidizing the cost of tickets for students to attend a UMS performance
  • Hiring a guest artist to visit a class
  • Paying for access to a digital recording of a performance by a UMS artist (pending artist approval)
  • Arts-related books and other research materials
  • Other relevant arts integration costs with approval

Grantees will receive $500 to utilize for arts integration-related costs. In addition, they will receive $1000 in salary stipend or research fund contribution. More funding may be available pending approval. View the application to learn more.

Explore our 24/25 Season to understand what performances are valuable to you and your class!

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Application deadlines

May 31, 2024
Priority Deadline (Applicants will be notified by June 14)

August 2, 2024
Final deadline for Fall 2024 courses

September 29, 2024
Final deadline for Winter 2025 courses

Unsure where to start?

The most successful projects are created in conversation and collaboration with UMS. We want to hear from you! Please contact Maddy Wildman, UMS University Programs Manager, at with inquiries.

Examples of past projects

  • Effective Communication Workshop: Theater-making skills applied to Research Communication (Dentistry)
  • Social Justice, Identity, Diversity, and Community (Michigan Community Scholars Program)
  • Psychology of Language (Psychology)
  • Introduction to Fluid Mechanics (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Structure and Reactivity (Chemistry)
  • Black France (Romance Languages & Literatures)
  • Teaching English as a Second Language Internationally (English Language Institute)
  • Midwifery (School of Nursing)
  • Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities (School of Public Health)
  • Landscape, Culture, and Nature (School of Sustainability & the Environment)
  • Histories of Human Experimentation (LSA Honors Program/ History)
  • Theories and Practice for Community Action and Social Change (School of Social Work)

Application Questions

Application questions are listed below, you will be able to respond to them on the final page of the online application.

  1. Please describe your proposed course. How will your chosen UMS performance relate to the questions/content areas you are exploring in the course?
  2. How will developing and teaching this course challenge you and your students? What skills and competencies will it help you and your students develop? How will it address particular challenges of teaching and learning in your discipline?
  3. What kind of support can UMS provide to make this a successful teaching experience? What questions do you have for UMS about integrating the arts into your course?
  4. How might you incorporate a UMS visiting artist or teaching artist into a class meeting or activity?
  5. Please describe any previous experience you’ve had integrating the arts into your classes (please note, previous experience is NOT required to be selected).