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J-WEL Grants in Higher Education Innovation



The J-WEL Grants in Higher Education Innovation submission cycle for Spring 2019 is now closed. Thank you to all who applied. Information on the Fall 2019 grant cycle will be available in September.

To learn about previous projects awarded funding, read about our Fall 2018 awardees or visit our list of all winners.





We invite proposals from MIT faculty that promote innovations in education. Each project proposed should benefit MIT residential learners, and could include freshmen innovations, those for upper-level classes, and those relevant to graduate education.

Any subject topic is welcome, and we are interested in creative ideas. Faculty across the MIT Schools of Science, Engineering, Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Architecture and Planning, and Management are encouraged to apply.

Proposals may include:

  • A new or significantly revised subject
  • New learning modules
  • Innovative in-class, homework or exam assessments
  • Methods of pedagogy
  • Hands-on projects

All applications should include assessments for success and impact of the proposed project.

We encourage proposals that contribute to student success: promoting confident, entrepreneurial problem-solvers, with broad multidisciplinary education, tools to define a career, resiliency and a growth mindset.

Applicants should consider their innovation as primarily impacting MIT learners, but must address how the project proposed could fit into a more global sphere. Thus, proposals should have the potential for impact in global settings and with global learners. 

J-WEL Grants in Higher Education Innovation may be complementary to MITx grants but any proposal for a course on the edX platform should be directed to the MITx Grant Program.


J-WEL Grants in Higher Education Innovation are awarded twice per year, with Spring and Fall cycles. The Spring 2019 Grant Application is now open. For information on how to apply, please see the Spring 2019 grants page.


Funding is provided to support all aspects of the project. 

This includes content creation, tool development, a part-time TA (if needed), undergraduates, and a partially funded (shared) department-based postdoc or lecturer to coordinate the proposed project, travel costs, accommodation, media production, etc. 

Funding levels are typically $10,000 – $40,000.

Review Process

Proposals are reviewed and discussed by the J-WEL Higher Education Advisory Group and selected based on specified criteria and available funding. 

Previous Awardees

Since May 2017, J-WEL Grants in Higher Education Innovation have awarded over $464,000 to eight MIT faculty-led projects. Awardees of the first two calls for proposals fit into the J-WEL Grants in Higher Education Innovation framework, but we are looking for educational innovation in the most fundamental sense. We are not looking for global projects per se, although such projects may fit into the grant description.

View the full list of award winners. 


Meetings with J-WEL staff are available and encouraged to help you explore the suitability of your proposal topic. Please contact jwel-he-grant-program@mit.edu to request a meeting or phone conversation.




For additional questions or clarification, please contact JWEL-HE-Grant-Program-at-mit.edu.