Grants Available through Saint Mary’s College

Saint Mary's College sponsors a range of grant opportunities dedicated to promoting teaching and learning.  Grants available to students, faculty, and departments/programs are highlighted below, along with links to their respective guidelines and application forms.

Center for Academic Innovation

The Center for Academic Innovation was founded in 1993 to support the academic excellence of Saint Mary's College through programs and grants for faculty development, faculty-student collaboration in research and creative work, and curricular innovation.  Several grant programs sponsored within CFAI are identfied below.

For more information on these and other internal funding opportunities through the CFAI, contact:

Amy Cavender, Director
The Center for Academic Innovation
2 Spes Unica Hall, Room 115
Phone: (574) 284-4480
Fax: (574) 284-4875

Cross Currents Program

The Cross Currents Program is a collaborative and integrated advising approach to help students explore four critical questions throughout their development at Saint Mary’s:

  • Why am I here?
  • What are my gifts and passions?
  • What do my community and the world need from me?
  • How can I make a difference in the world?

Faculty Development and Indiana Connections Grant

In accordance with the Lilly Foundation’s initiative to address the “Brain Drain” within the state, the Faculty Development and Indiana Connections Grants focus on connecting students to Indiana-based experiential learning opportunities. These competitive grants are for faculty to develop partnerships with Indiana employers and organizations in an effort to provide academically-based experiential learning opportunities (service learning, volunteering, internships, and career opportunities) that help students discern answers to the four critical questions central to the Cross Currents Program.

For more information, contact:

Stacie Jeffirs, Director
Career Crossings Office
Spes Unica Hall, Room 112
(574) 284-4775


The Assessment Committee serves as the principal committee on assessment. The Committee reports to the Senior Vice President and Dean of Faculty and serves as an advisory group on assessment to the Academic Affairs Council. In coordinating assessment activities and resources, the Committee works in conjunction with academic departments, the Vice President of Student Affairs and the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. Among other duties, the Assessment Committee recommends applications for assessment grants to the Senior Vice President and Dean of Faculty.

Saint Mary’s assessment grants are designed to support faculty, and academic departments and programs as they seek to reflect on and improve student learning.

For more information about assessment grants, including past projects and recipients, go to the Assessment Committee home page. If you have questions, please contact:

Daniel Flowers, Director of Institutional Research
165 Le Mans Hall
(574) 284-4574

Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership

The Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) advances Saint Mary's College's mission of “preparing students to make a difference in the world” by empowering women to realize their call to leadership and to develop the intercultural knowledge and competence critical in today’s increasingly interdependent world. In the spirit of the College’s sponsors, the Sisters of the Holy Cross, CWIL promotes human transformation and systemic change, from the local to the global context, by providing challenging, justice-based educational opportunities.

Intercultural Learning Grants

The Global Education component of the Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership offers several types of competitive mini grants to the entire Saint Mary's community in order to support the intercultural dimension of learning across our campus.

The grants are listed below according to who is eligible to apply for them: students, faculty, or chairs. If you are unsure which of the listed grants is applicable to your situation, please call the CWIL office at (574) 284-4051. Otherwise, just click on the link for detailed guidelines and application forms. For more information, go to the CWIL webpage on Intercultural Learning Grants.

Student Travel Grants

Faculty Travel Grants

Department Grants