Submit your proposal to the support fund Community Engaged Learning

Utrecht University wants to educate students that contribute to a better world and solving societal challenges. Are you a lecturer and would you like more social engagement in your education? Start a collaboration with an external partner and develop your education. To help you get started, you can apply for a grant of the support fund for Community Engaged Learning (CEL).

What is Community Engaged Learning?

Community Engaged Learning (CEL) at the Universiteit Utrecht enriches and strengthens classical university-based teaching, through direct dialogue with society. In CEL, a community of shared concerns, consisting of students, teachers and social partners, raises hard questions about societal issues, large and small, and seeks creative solutions through sustained contact and reciprocal commitment to each other. This form of shared exploration and mutual learning is a means to a larger end: connecting university and society in a long-term relationship.

The support fund

Teachers and students can now apply for a grant of at most €4000 euro for an educational project that is aimed at (further) developing Community Engaged Learning at Utrecht University. Students must submit their proposal together with one or more teachers to ensure the project can be embedded within the curriculum. In the complete regulations you can find more information on the grant and its criteria. Please submit your proposal before 1 May 2023 12 p.m., via email to Applicants will hear within a month whether their proposal has been accepted. You can find the application format on intranet.

Are you not able to make the deadline of 1 May? The next deadline for submitting a proposal is 1 November 2023.

Information session

Do you want to know more about the support fund or do you have questions about your submission? Then visit the information session about the support fund on Tuesday 4 April 15.30-16.30 via Teams.

In case you can’t make it to the information session, you can send questions regarding the support fund via email to

Looking for inspiration?

On the intranet you can find an overview of the projects which have previously received the grant and practical tools to help you with the CEL design.

Are you wondering what students and teachers themselves think of CEL? Then watch the video below.

The video shows students and teachers talking about three different courses: Designing Interactive Systems (BETA), Hospital Communication (GW/GNK) and the International Law and Human Rights Clinic (REBO).