Guidelines for Summer Research Fellowship Application
These grants consist of a summer stipend that must represent a minimum of 120 hours of activity at a flat rate of $3,000. Alternatively, faculty may request that the funds be used for professional development (travel, supplies, student assistant, etc.). A proposed project shall not duplicate any other project already funded from any other source within the university. As a rule, requests for other uses of this money such as equipment or student assistants will not be approved.
Faculty in 12-month classifications or instructional faculty teaching during the summer session might not be eligible for this award due to the limitations on total time base found in Article 36 "Additional Employment" of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Summer Research Fellowship is considered to be at a one-month time base and should be considered the equivalent of one 4-unit course in determining summer workload. Also, faculty who receive the Research Fellowship are no longer eligible for the $150/unit bonus for teaching summer courses.
All proposals will be blind reviewed by the appropriate College Professional Awards Committee. To maintain the integrity of the blind review process, the proposal should not include the name or other identifying information about the applicant except on the cover page.
Proposals must clearly demonstrate quality in terms of the following:
- CLARITY: The proposal must clearly and concisely describe the project as whole, using non-specialist language.
- OBJECTIVES: The proposal must describe the objectives of the project and elaborate on the following: (1) the reasons for the applicant's undertaking the project; (2) the purpose of the project; (3) the projected results of the project; (4) how the results fit the applicant's future research plans; and (5) the project's relation to other activity being conducted by the faculty member.
- METHODS: The proposal must clearly describe the activities, including methods and procedures, that the faculty member will conduct and must clearly show that the faculty member has designed these activities to meet the stated objectives.
- FEASIBILITY: The proposal must present an organized plan of action that demonstrates that the project is feasible.
- OUTCOMES: The proposal must elaborate on the expected end product of the project. This can be results such as publication (i.e., books, monographs, articles, or scholarly papers), creative activity (i.e., gallery showings, concerts or theatrical productions) or external grants.
- PROGRESS REPORT: A 2-page progress report must be submitted summarizing activities and outcomes of the project by December 1 following the summer award. The progress report should be submitted online using the InfoReady portal.
- PRIOR GRANT ACTIVITY: Faculty who have received internal funding in the last three years will not be eligible for funding if a progress report has not been submitted for their past funding.
Proposals must show importance in terms of both the professional development of the faculty members, and also the body of knowledge of the faculty member's academic discipline or areas of expertise.