Programs

AEN Micro-grants 2022-23

AEN is now accepting applications for micro-grants for the 2022-2023 academic year in amounts of up to $3,000!

What is a micro-grant?

Micro-grants are aimed to support AEN members who wish to develop educational or professional development initiatives for their campus that further AEN’s mission. Initiatives may be aimed at:

  • exploring relevant topics in Israeli history, society, and culture
  • critically assessing BDS claims and arguments
  • discussing issues related to campus free speech and academic freedom
  • educating about contemporary forms and expressions of antisemitism

Examples:

AEN members have used micro-grants to organize symposia on contemporary Israel, bring prominent speakers on academic freedom and free speech to campus (in-person or virtually), develop coursework on Zionism and Israel, subvent publications on BDS and anti-Zionism in the academy, and host relevant film festivals and lecture series. We will be pleased to work with members, at their request, to develop relevant programming.

In 2022-23, AEN is especially interested in funding projects which focus on:

  1. The “normalization” of Israel in the Middle East region — e.g., educating about diplomatic breakthroughs such as the Abraham Accords, highlighting coexistence/collaboration efforts between Israeli Jews and Arabs, examining diversity within Israel, etc.
  2. Addressing AEN’s mission within STEM disciplines, broadly conceived
  3. Combatting antisemitism – including antisemitic forms of anti-Zionism – on campus
  4. Highlighting the global diversity of the Jewish people

We also particularly welcome applications from junior faculty members.

Apply below

If you are interested in applying for a micro-grant, please fill out the application below with as much specific information about your initiative as possible (target date, desired invitees, etc.). What are you attempting to accomplish, and how does that align with AEN’s mission? Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

All AEN members are welcome to apply for micro-grants, but priority will be given to those who have not previously applied. While micro-grant awards will be made to AEN members, disbursement of funds should be arranged through a university department or program. Each AEN member receiving support is required subsequently to submit a brief one-page final report:

  • narrating the activities supported
  • describing how the grant funds were used
  • evaluating the outcomes or achievements the initiative created, including its impact on students and faculty

Questions?

For questions regarding the micro-grants program, please contact AEN at info@academicengagement.org.

Micro-grants Application

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