University of Maryland

College of

Behavioral and Social Sciences

Understanding human behavior has profound implications for our grasp of global economic crises, biased social structures, crime and terrorism, climate change and changing demographics and governments. These are among the critical challenges facing humanity, and the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences is leading the way toward solving them. The Fearless Ideas campaign will allow the college to expand our innovative research and policy discussions, develop transformative tools and technology, and inspire our students to be the solution to the world’s great challenges.


Scholarships and Faculty Support

Endowed Funds for Students


Establish 50 new endowed funds to help students become engaged campus and global citizens, whether interning with nonprofits or government agencies or conducting service projects abroad.

Signature Dean’s Scholarship


Launch a signature Dean’s Scholarship that fully funds students’ time at Maryland, plus provides a $3,000 stipend for experiential learning to explore public service, follow intriguing research questions and lead the next generation of businesses.

Graduate Fellowships


Create new Chair’s Graduate Fellowships to attract the strongest graduate students and provide them with summer funding to pursue research, field work or community impact.


Faculty Support

Endowed Chairs and Professorships


New endowed chairs and professorships allow Maryland to recruit and retain the very best faculty to guide the future of our institution.

Endowed Lectureships


Create endowed lectureship positions to bring prominence, stability and focus to our professional teaching faculty.

Increase Research Funds


Grow research funds critical to expanding the breadth of ideas and span of issues that our faculty and graduate students can tackle, including faculty and graduate research, travel and summer funds.

Campus-wide research


Participate in campus-wide signature research initiatives including Language Science, Brain and Behavior, Climate, Cybersecurity and more.

New Facilities


Advising Center

A new academic and career advising center providing support services for at-risk students, additional advisers and career, research and internship opportunities to meet students’ individual needs.

Hearing and Speech Clinical facilities

Renovation of the Hearing and Speech Sciences Clinical facilities to provide state-of-the-art training and service to the community.

Honors Program Space

Acquisition of space in Washington, DC for the new Government & Politics Honors Program and students completing internships and research in the city.

Programs and Initiatives

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences will support several programs and initiatives, including: