Ethics, Social Justice & Health Equity Course Development Grants

The Center for Ethics Education will award up to two $3,000 summer course development grants, to support the creation of new Arts and Sciences undergraduate or graduate courses or new modules within existing courses that engage students in critical thinking about ethical issues of societal import.

The grants are intended to foster courses and modules that will contribute to expanding Fordham’s ethics offerings across the curriculum. Priority will be given to courses that can be included in the undergraduate Interdisciplinary Minor in Bioethics and the Ethics and Society Master’s programs. Curricula can be in any discipline; courses with interdisciplinary approaches to teaching are encouraged.

Courses or modules should prepare students to be future leaders in advancing the common good, creating a caring and just world, promoting and protecting the dignity of persons, increasing moral understanding and collective moral action, creating healthy environments, reducing racial injustice or contributing to the responsible conduct of science, health, and social services.

  • DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications are due February 1, 2022.
  • Awards will be announced March 15, 2022 and funds will be available June 1, 2022 – September 15, 2022.


  1. Grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded.
  2. Up to $2,500 of the grant may be paid as a one-time stipend to the awardee or divided among faculty co-instructors via payroll, subject to applicable tax withholdings and in accordance with the University's standard payroll schedule, or on a reimbursement basis, or a combination thereof.
  3. Remaining grant funds may be uses to fund graduate assistant support for course development, or to purchase software, books, scholarly resources, supplies or other legitimate costs. Graduate assistants will also be paid through the University payroll.


  1. Applicant(s) must be tenured or tenure-track faculty member of Arts & Sciences. Non-tenured faculty members are eligible to apply after their first reappointment.
  2. Priority will be given to junior faculty and faculty proposing interdisciplinary curricula.

Application Instructions and Requirements

Please provide the following documents as email attachments to [email protected] by February 1, 2022:

  1. A Current Curriculum Vita (For all faculty who will be involved if a team-taught course is proposed)
  2. A Letter of Support from Department/Program (Optional)
  3. Download and Complete the Application Form
  • Applications should include course title and fit with current or future university/program curricula needs, topics to be explored, brief bibliography or list of potential materials, statement of learning objectives, proposed timeframe, and detailed budget and budget justification.
  • Consultation with the Ethics Center Director, Celia B. Fisher ([email protected]) or Associate Directors Steven Swartzer ([email protected]), Michael Baur ([email protected]), and Tom Massaro ([email protected]) on potential grant topics is encouraged.

Application Form

Post-Award Requirements

  • Award funds must be expensed by September 15, 2022
  • A complete description of the new course proposals or new modules including: The curriculum; course/module evaluation plan; timeframe for submission for University, school or departmental approval; and semester the course/modules will be offered must be submitted to the Ethics Center by October 1, 2022
  • A profile of awardees and proposed course will be posted on the The Ethics and Society Blog

The grants are made possible through the Marie Ward Doty University Chair in Ethics Endowment.