The Experiential Learning Fellowship is a fund that began in 2004 with a generous grant to the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University from the Cleveland Foundation. This grant enabled the college in the years between 2004 and 2007 to fund a total of almost $250,000 to 60 undergraduate students wishing to undertake experiential learning projects at home and abroad. Students majoring the college’s twenty-two departments and their disciplinary programs received experiential learning funding under this program.

At that time, the purpose of the Experiential Learning Fellowships was to encourage and support undergraduate student projects for students in the humanities, arts and social sciences for the purpose of providing opportunities for experiential learning. A wide range of student projects was eligible for funding, including but not limited to support of research projects, Senior Capstone projects, travel to research conferences to present research, or project-oriented travel abroad associated with completion of their majors or minors programs.

Throughout the early funding years, the College of Arts and Sciences made approximately five awards each semester, with an average award size of $5,000 to the most meritorious applications received.

Since its inception, the Experiential Learning Fellowship has grown to its current state, which is a grant program holding three separate funds: the Rocks, the Experiential Learning Fellowship in Anthropology, and the Traub. The Rocks supports work in art history and art, classics, English, modern languages and literatures, music, and theater and dance; The Experiential Learning Fellowship in Anthropology supports work of a major in anthropology; and the Traub supports the work of majors or minors in history, politics, public policy, and economics.