J-WEL Grants in Higher Education Innovation, Spring 2019 | MIT J-WEL

J-WEL Grants in Higher Education Innovation, Spring 2019



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.




We invite proposals from MIT faculty that promote innovation in education at the undergraduate or graduate level. Each project should benefit MIT residential learners. Applicants should additionally consider the potential impact of a project on global learners, and projects may be international collaborations. 

Proposals could include:

  • A new or significantly revised subject
  • Learning modules
  • Innovative in-class, homework or exam assessments
  • Hands-on projects
  • Learning through research
  • Incorporation of entrepreneurship
  • Novel methods of pedagogy

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.

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.


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. 


    • The proposal must be overseen and submitted by one or more MIT faculty members.
    • The lead faculty member(s) will participate in and present at J-WEL Weeks and/or other forums.
    • The lead faculty member(s) will submit a report that summarizes specific results on student learning and other findings, including results of their defined project metrics, within two months of the project end date.
    • The lead faculty member(s) should participate(s) throughout the project; however, development and teaching may also involve students, postdocs, and others.
    • A letter of support from the department head (or unit) must accompany the proposal.

    Proposal Preparation and Submission

    1. Proposal Form
    2. Budget
    3. Letter of support from the Head of Department

    Submissions should be emailed to JWEL-HE-Grant-Program-at-mit.edu.

    Additional resources


    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. Appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis—we anticipate being fully booked as the submission deadline approaches.

    For additional information on grant requirements and examples, please visit the J-WEL Higher Education Grants Page.


    Key Dates

    • March 5, 2019: Call for Proposals released

    • April 15, 2019: Submissions due

    • Mid-May, 2019: Decisions released


    Contact us at: JWEL-HE-Grant-Program-at-mit.edu