Academic Enrichment


The Academic Enrichment Fund was established to support interdisciplinary teaching and learning. In alignment with RISD’s strategic plan, these funds will allow us to enrich curriculum offerings, and respond to dynamic, contemporary opportunities in areas of interest to students and faculty at RISD. Each year, a number of courses that fall outside the normal degree program curricula and promote exchange and interaction between faculty members and students in different departments and divisions are supported through these funds. These courses are intended to build from our base of disciplinary depth to advance curricular development in crossover areas and develop new areas of faculty expertise. At the same time, these courses often afford students access to a broader range of learning opportunities, including opportunities for interdisciplinary, collaborative, or engaged work.

Courses may be team-taught, interdisciplinary or multi-disciplinary. For students, the courses count as non-major studio electives. No pre-registration of majors is allowed for courses sponsored by the Fund. The Fund may also provide support for specialized equipment or other materials required to offer the course.

Who is Eligible:

Open to all full-time faculty and to part-time faculty who have completed two years of service.


  • Courses should be open to students from all departments
  • No prerequisites should be required
  • Courses should accommodate a minimum of ten students per faculty
  • Team-taught (between faculty from two departments/divisions) or multi-disciplinary are encouraged

Application Procedure:

The Academic Enrichment fund application has three elements:

  • Application form
  • Course Proposal Form
  • Syllabus

The application form can be downloaded from your application page and must be signed by the relevant department head/s, and dean/s by hand and uploaded as part of your application.

REVIEWED BY: Deans’ Council


Patricia Barbeito
Interim Dean of Faculty

To apply:

Please use the Academic Affairs grant portal, which can be found here:

Note: Faculty members no longer have to submit a Notification to Submit an Application and may apply directly using the link above.


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