Graduate Faculty/Program Enhancement Awards

Deadline: February 15, 2008

Graduate Faculty/Program Enhancement Awards of up to $5,000 are available for faculty teaching and/or advising graduate students. Departments with graduate programs may also apply for Graduate Enhancement Awards of up to $10,000. Exceptional proposals with appropriate justification may be considered for additional funding. Awards may be used, for example, for faculty professional development, recruiting of graduate students, graduate assistantships, advising or mentoring activities, mentoring graduate McNair Scholars, or developing curriculum. Faculty applying for research funding must clearly demonstrate a strong connection to the graduate program. These awards are for summer 2008 and the 2008/2009 academic year. The amount of money available for these awards is $250,000.

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Guidelines for Applications

  • Applicants must prepare a concise narrative (1-2 pages) that includes an informative description of the proposal and explains how an award would enhance graduate education.

  • Applicants must provide a clear statement on expected outcomes.

  • Individual applicants must provide evidence of involvement in their graduate program and demonstrate a strong commitment to graduate education.

  • Applicants must be members of the graduate consultative group.

  • Applicants must provide a detailed budget specifying the amount of assigned time, and/or other expenses. A budget justification must be included.

  • Applicants must have the support of their department/college as indicated by signatures of the department graduate coordinator, the department chair, and the college dean.
Use of funds
  • Assigned time of 3 WTUs for each participating faculty member.

  • Overload pay or summer salary.

  • Student pay to help with graduate enhancement activities.

  • Other expenses that relate directly to improvement of the graduate program.