Community Engagement

Finding funding for community engagement

The Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment is a competitive grant program open to UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students. Projects are intended to advance the Wisconsin Idea, which is the principle that the impact of the university should extend beyond its borders.

To identify additional sources of funding, use Memorial Library’s Grants Information Collection.

Obtaining course credit

Check the Schedule of Classes for service-learning and community-based research courses (300 level and above for graduate credit). Courses can be identified by footnotes s-l and cbr. In addition, every department has an Independent Study 699 course that can be developed into a service-learning course.

Connecting your research & scholarship with the community

The Center for Patient Partnerships is an interdisciplinary center of the Schools of Law, Medicine, and Public Health and Nursing. The Center trains professional and graduate-level students from a diversity of disciplines in the art and science of patient advocacy and patient-centered care. Through coursework, practical advocacy experience, and independent study, students collaborate to understand and address problems in the health care system. 

The Science Alliance serve as an umbrella organization for science outreach programs at UW-Madison and connects people interested in science outreach and informal science education. It organizes Science Expeditions – an annual event to welcome people to campus to experience science as discovery.

Community-based research for graduate students in the humanities – The Public Humanities Exchange fosters collaborative projects that connect graduate students with teachers, schools, after-school programs, museums and neighborhood centers.

Sharing information on your home country

International Reach provides opportunities for individuals to share perspectives on their home countries with Madison area schools and community organizations for the purpose of furthering global education and intercultural dialogue. Program is sponsored by the International Student Services Office.

Service learning and community-based research

Volunteer Opportunities – Morgridge Center for Public Service has a comprehensive list.