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Faculty Professional Development Grants

Faculty Professional Development Grants are to support faculty research and creative work independent of, but not to exclude, curricular development. To this end, funds are awarded primarily to projects designed to enrich faculty involvement in their fields. The grant may cover travel, lodging, and limited meals; materials such as books, office and laboratory supplies, photographs, and photocopies; and consultation with outside specialists. The grant does not cover salary. These grants are competitive and the committee may decide to award the full amount requested, a portion, or make no award. A faculty member may apply for up to $2,500.

All faculty members with regular or continuing appointments are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to those who have not received recent grants or who have received lesser amounts. Emeriti faculty may be considered in special circumstances at the discretion of the Committee. Applications will be judged on the project’s feasibility, its appropriateness in the field, the anticipated outcome, and the applicant’s preparedness to carry out the work. The faculty representatives on the Committee on Faculty will constitute the grant awards committee. In instances requiring additional information, they may choose to consult with an outside evaluator. Members of the awards committee will not review their own grant applications.

Applications should be submitted by Monday, April 15 at 4:30 p.m using the form below. Applications must define specific outcomes: publication, conference paper or presentation, public lecture, exhibition, performance, outside advanced-level teaching (e.g. an NEH summer seminar), continuing education, or preparatory work for an eventual substantive outcome. Please note that Faculty Grants should be acknowledged in any publication, lecture, exhibition, or performance resulting from the project for which it was awarded.

Applications must include:

  1. A description of the project, its relation to the applicant’s field of study, and a description of the anticipated outcome(s).
  2. A budget: specific expenses (travel, lodging, photocopies, etc.), amounts requested, and the funding period. Please indicate other funding sought or received in support of the project.
  3. A current curriculum vitae.
  4. Any past due grant or sabbatical reports.

At the conclusion of the grant period, each grantee must write a brief report that outlines how the funds were used and the nature of the outcomes. Those who have not submitted such reports, or who have not submitted the required past-due sabbatical reports will not be eligible for further awards. You may submit past reports (including interim reports for the current year) along with your new funding request. The funds awarded must be spent between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. Those who received grants last year and who have not spent awarded funds have until June 30, 2019 to do so.

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Please attach any documents you wish to submit as part of your application (cover letter, CV, résumé, etc.) You may attach up to ten documents, each less than 2MB in size. For files larger than 2MB (e.g. video samples), you may upload a text file containing links to your documents hosted elsewhere (YouTube, DropBox, etc.) or reply to the email you receive immediately after submitting this application to discuss alternate arrangements.