William F. Freistat Center Grants
The primary purpose of Freistat grant programs is to strengthen the study of Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and Peace Studies at Augustana College and to promote peer reviewed scholarship focused on these regions and Peace Studies.
Grants for Augustana College faculty
- In-country research grants for Africa, Asia, Europe or Latin America
- Faculty research in Peace Studies Grants
- Travel awards to present research at international conferences
Grants for Augustana College students
- Student-faculty fellows on-site undergraduate research grants
- Student in-country language and cultural enhancement program grants
- Student on-site intensive language study grants
- Student awards to present papers at undergraduate and professional conferences
Grants to enhance International and Peace Studies programs at Augustana
- Augustana Visiting Scholars Program
- Peace Studies curriculum development grants
- Subvention costs for peer-reviewed publications
Note: Freistat Awards will generally not be given in combination with Faculty Research Grants, Faculty Summer Research Stipends, New Faculty Research Grants, Presidential Research Grants, and Sabbatical Leave Grants. Grants for Augustana College Students can be received in addition to “Augie Choice” awards when students are eligible for “Augie Choice.”
Grants for Augustana College Faculty
Objective: To provide financial support to encourage research leading to peer reviewed publication by full-time, tenured or tenure track Augustana College faculty either during an academic term(s) or a summer period of study in Africa, Asia, Europe or Latin America.
Program Budget: A total budget of $17,000 to fund individual grants of up to $4,000 for summer 2012 and the 2012-2013 academic year (Sept. 1, 2012-May 31, 2013). Note: The average grant during the 2011-2012 cycle was $2,875.
Funding: Roundtrip and in-country travel expenses, meal and housing costs, and other expenses linked to one’s research endeavors (purchase of research materials, books, copying costs, access fees to libraries and museums, and so forth).
Application: Submit research proposal (no more than six pages), a tentative budget, latest resume, and two letters of recommendation (at least one from a colleague off campus) to Dr. Van J. Symons, Freistat Chair, by the last day of classes during winter term, February 10, 2012, for a research program scheduled for the following summer or academic year. Applications will be reviewed by the Freistat Chair and members of the Council of Advisors. Successful recipients will be announced by mid-March 2012.
Note: When possible, faculty are encouraged to affiliate with academic institutions in the countries where the research is undertaken to help build ties between Augustana and academic institutions abroad.
Final Reports: Successful recipients must submit: 1) a final report to the Freistat Chair within four weeks of completion of their research abroad, 2) a financial statement of all expenditures with appropriate receipts to Darlene Link (college controller), with copy to Van J. Symons, within four weeks of completion of their research abroad, 3) any manuscript based on the research that is undertaken to the Freistat Chair upon its completion, and 4) present a public lecture on their research within one year after their return to campus at a college forum such as Friday Conversations, the Celebration of Faculty Research, or Faculty Research Forum.
Note: Recipients of this grant must recognize in the text of their article or their book the contribution of the Freistat Center to their endeavor.
Objective: To support scholarly research by Augustana faculty in the field of Peace Studies, broadly construed. Although it is difficult to define the boundaries of Peace Studies precisely, as our Mission Statement suggests, it includes efforts to understand the social, political, and economic conditions that contribute to violent conflicts, to ending violent conflicts, and that favor or enhance the prevalence of peaceful (non-violent) and harmonious coexistence. A wide range of projects might fall within these general limits, and consequently, applicants in a wide range of academic fields are encouraged to apply. Research might include, but is not limited to: in-country research into the causes of a particular violent conflict, or into how a particular violent conflict has been resolved; in-country research into social or political practices of a particular community that have succeeded in encouraging non-violent and cooperative solutions to conflict; or scholarship based on comparative research aimed at general understanding of how certain sorts of conflicts can be successfully and peacefully resolved.
Program Budget: During the current funding cycle, grant applications for Peace Studies research will be merged with those for In-Country Research Grants for funding consideration.
Funding: If conducted in the United States, support can be used to cover travel, meal and housing costs, and other expenses linked to one’s research endeavors (purchase of research materials, books, copying costs, access fees to libraries and museums, and so forth). If conducted abroad, support can also be used for international travel expenses.
Application: Submit research proposal (no more than six pages), tentative budget, latest resume, and two letters of recommendation (at least one from a colleague off campus) to Dr. Van J. Symons, Freistat Chair for a research program scheduled for the following summer or following academic year. Currently, no funds exist to support this program. When funding is available, applications will be reviewed by the Freistat Chair and members of the Council of Advisors. If funded, successful recipients will be announced by mid-March for the following summer and academic year. Full-time, tenured or tenure track Augustana faculty are eligible to apply.
Final Reports: Successful recipients must submit: 1) a final report to the Freistat Chair within four weeks of completion of their research grant, 2) a financial statement of all expenses with appropriate receipts to Darlene Link, college comptroller, with a copy to Van J. Symons, within four weeks of completion of the research grant, and 3) any manuscript based on the research as it is completed. The recipient must also present a public lecture on his/her research with a year after his/her funding ends to the campus community at a campus forum such as Friday Conversations, the Celebration of Faculty Research, or Faculty Research Forum.
Note: Recipients of this grant must recognize in the text of their article or preface of their book the contribution of the Freistat Center to their endeavor.
Objective: To provide supplementary financial support to full-time, tenured and tenure track, Augustana faculty to enable them to present formal papers at international conferences in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Latin America.
Program Budget: A total budget of $4,000 to fund individual grants of up to $1,000 for summer 2012 and 2012-2013 academic year (Sept. 1, 2012-May 31, 2013)
Funding: Roundtrip travel expenses, lodging and meal allowance, conference registration and other fees, not to exceed $1,000 for each grantee.
Application: Submit resume, prospectus of paper, and a 2-3 page cover letter which addresses the importance of the candidates participation in the conference to his/her research agenda by February 10, 2012 for a conference that will convene any time between June 1, 2011-May 31, 2012. Awards will be announced by mid-March 2011. Funds will be granted based upon the quality of the prospectus, the prestige of the conference, and the impact the presentation will have on the research agenda of the applicant.
Note: Grant monies will be released to the applicant only after verification of acceptance to present a paper at the conference has been presented to the Freistat Chair.
Final Reports: Within four weeks of the conclusion of the conference, the grant recipient must present to the Freistat Chair a copy of the conference presentation and final conference program. A financial statement of all expenses with receipts must also be presented to Darlene Link (college controller), with a copy to Van J. Symons, within four weeks of conference completion.
Grants for Augustana College Students
Objective: To provide funding to facilitate faculty mentoring of undergraduate research in Africa, Asia, Europe or Latin America, or in Peace Studies in either America or abroad.
Program Budget: A total budget of $13,000 for the 2012-2013 funding cycle to support one 3-person summer 2012 research program.
Funding: A three person team (one faculty member and two students) can request up to $12,000 ($4,000 for each participant, with an additional $1,000 stipend provided to the faculty mentor for his/her mentoring). Funds can be used for travel, lodging, and meal expenses and also to purchase materials necessary to complete the research. The study experience must be at least three weeks in duration, preferably longer. It is anticipated that the duration of the research experience may well be defined by the costs of conducting research in various settings, Tokyo being much more expensive than Nairobi; Washington, D.C. more expensive than Oklahoma. Research programs should be focused on enhancing international understanding or on peace studies.
Note: Any cameras, scientific equipment, tape recorders, or other items purchased to facilitate research must be turned over to the college and become the property of Augustana College at the completion of the project.
Application: Each student must submit: 1) an up-to-date resume, 2) two letters of recommendation from Augustana faculty members other than the mentor, and 3) a formal research proposal. Research can be focused upon individual student projects or on a joint study. If the research endeavor is a joint one, each student researcher must clearly stipulate what his/her role will be in a joint endeavor.
Note: This grant initiative is meant to foster undergraduate research and development, and consequently, proposals that seem to only further the mentor’s research and publication agenda will not be as favorably considered. The review committee will be looking for a student voice in the proposal. In his/her application to the review committee, the faculty mentor should comment on: 1) the significance of this proposal to the student participants and the prospects for its successful completion, and 2) the qualifications he/she has to serve as mentor to these students. The student applications that will be most seriously considered are those from sophomores or juniors who will utilize the summer research as a basis for their senior projects.
Models for suitable research agendas can be found on the ASIANetwork website at www.asianetwork.org under ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows Program.
Final Reports: Successful recipients must submit: 1) a final report and any papers/video studies/other projects completed during the research project to the Freistat Chair within four weeks of their return to Augustana; 2) a financial statement of all expenditures along with appropriate receipts to Darlene Link (college controller), with copy to Van J. Symons, within four weeks of completion of their research trip. The mentor’s stipend will be provided only after final reports are received and approved.
Objective: To provide an incentive to students in smaller language programs offered at Augustana College (those with two or fewer full time faculty) to continue their language study by providing scholarships to participate in 3 week language/cultural immersion experiences in country led by their Augustana language professor. Some programs (Japanese for example) will focus on taking students at the end of their second year of study. Others (German for example) will focus on taking students in country as a reward for their completion of 3rd year German to enable them to converse freely in this language. Languages will be funded on a rotational basis. If a student qualifies, "Augie Choice" can also be used to help cover a student's expenses.
Funding: Up to $13,000 will be allocated during the summer 2012 to provide grants of between $1,000-$2,000 per student (based on academic achievement and need) to Japanese language students completing second year Japanese in May 2012 to participate in a cultural immersion and language enhancement experience in Japan led by their mentor, Dr. Mari Nagase. Languages will be funded on a rotational basis. In some programs, “Augie Choice” can also be used to help cover individual student expenses.
Final Reports: The faculty mentor of the funded program must submit: 1) a four to six page final report of the cultural immersion experience , with a complete itinerary, by September 15, 2011; and 2) a financial statement of all expenditures along with appropriate receipts to Darlene Link (college controller), with copy to Van J. Symons by this same date.
Objective: To enable Augustana students to gain greater proficiency in the languages of Africa, Asia, Europe or Latin America by enrolling in intensive language study. Generally, summer programs must be at least six weeks in duration, and term or semester long experiences should include, where possible, additional classes taught in the native language. Home stays, or living in dorms with students of that country are preferred. In cases where instruction in the other language is not offered at Augustana (for example, Vietnamese or Swahili) students taking a first year of language study can opt to enroll in an intensive language course at a U.S. college or university.
Program Budget: $5,000 is available during the 2012-2013 cycle.
Funding: Roundtrip travel expenses, meal and housing allowances, and tuition costs to enroll in accredited language study programs.
Note: These fellowships can be used to supplement “Augie Choice” awards.
Application: Students are to submit: 1) a transcript, 2) resume, 3) two letters of recommendation (at least one recommender must speak to the language abilities of the student in the language he/she plans to study), 4) a detailed program of study written by the student accompanied by copy of the program brochure provided by the study center, and 5) a 2-3 page statement by the student on the importance of this language enhancement experience to his/her future plans or career goals.
Note: Normally, the application deadline is the last day of classes of winter term, for both the summer programs and also term/semester programs during the academic year (Sept. 1st-May 3st). Successful recipients are announced by mid-March.
Objective: To provide monetary support to attend professional academic conferences for students who have conducted research on various themes related to the initiatives encouraged by the Freistat Center including Peace Studies and research about and/or carried out in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. In order to qualify for a full award, students must present their work in the form of a paper or a poster presentation at a professional conference.
Program Budget: No funding is currently available.
Application: Submit: 1) a copy of the paper or poster display you plan to present, 2) information on the conference you plan to attend, and 3) a statement of the importance of this experience to your current and future studies to Dr. Van J. Symons. Applications will be reviewed by the Freistat Chair and members of the Council of Advisors. Successful recipients will be announced by mid-March for the following summer and academic year. Eligible students will have conducted significant research in the thematic areas related to the Freistat Center including Peace Studies and research about and/or carried out in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Funds are limited to travel, accommodation, registration, and other expenses related to a conference. If the student must, in the first instance, submit a paper for vetting by the conference organizers and the paper is not accepted, the student may still attend the conference and be awarded up to $250. If the paper is accepted and given at the conference, the student is eligible to receive up to $500.
Final Reports: A copy of the paper or poster presented at the conference must be submitted to the Freistat Center. A financial statement of all expenses, with appropriate receipts, must also be presented to Darlene Link (college controller) with copy to Van J. Symons, within four weeks of conference completion. The final half of the grant payment will be released only after the report and financial statement are received.
Grants To Enhance International and Peace Studies Programs at Augustana College
Objective: To help provide financial support to enable the African, Asian, European or Latin American Programs and the Peace Studies Program at Augustana College to invite established scholars to visit the college for two-week time periods during the academic year.
Program Budget: Awaiting funding
Funding: Two grants of $5,000 each (one for fall term and one for spring term) rotated on an every other year basis between the Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America Studies Programs. $2,000 for roundtrip transportation for the visiting scholar, $2,000 for the scholar’s stipend ($1,000 per week at Augustana), $1,000 for insurance, housing, meal, research and other expenses. Submission of all incurred expenses with receipts must be made to Darlene Link (college controller), with copy to Van J. Symons, within four weeks of the visiting scholar’s departure from campus. The Peace Studies Program is also encouraged to invite respected International Peace Studies scholars to campus on an every other year basis.
Note: Funding to host Peace Studies scholars from North America for campus visits can be sought through the “Institute for Leadership and Service.” Direct inquiries to Dr. Ellen Hay.
Application: Programs wishing to host a visiting scholar must present a resume of the scholar along with a 2-3 page rationale for inviting the scholar to campus, and when possible, samples of publications by and about the scholar, and the planned itinerary of the scholar both on campus (lecture topics, classroom engagements, etc.) and off campus research (at University of Iowa, University of Illinois, University of Chicago, etc.) to Van J. Symons.
Expectations: The visiting scholar will present a formal lecture to the campus community and meet informally with students/faculty in classroom settings, and for lunch and dinners in order to serve as a resource to the Area Studies Programs. It is hoped that this program will help the college develop closer ties with academic partner institutions overseas.
Objective: To provide support for tenured or tenure-track faculty to incorporate the objectives of Peace Studies as defined by the Freistat Center into an existing course, or to the development of a new course. The Center particularly encourages the development of Peace Studies themes in courses that are currently taught in conjunction with one of Augustana College’s international study abroad programs, or that might potentially be taught as part of an international program in the future.
Program Budget: Awaiting funding
Application: Submit a proposal for how Peace Studies, as defined by the Freistat Center, will be incorporated into a new course, and a brief timeline for when the work will be carried out by February 15. Proposals will be reviewed by the Freistat Chair and member of the Council of Advisors. Successful recipients will be announced by mid-March.
Successful applicants will not simply append Peace Studies onto existing curriculum, but will instead make Peace Studies an integral aspect of the course. Special preference will be given to the (re)development of permanent and/or recurring courses rather than one-time courses (e.g. a special topics course, a learning community, or upper-level seminar, etc.)
Final Report: Once the course has been taught, a report must be submitted to the Freistat Center which will include: 1) a course syllabus, 2) a small sampling of anonymous copies of student work, and 3) a short reflective narrative describing how the course was carried out, what was successful and unsuccessful about the course, and how the course might be altered and improved in the future.
Objective: Frequently, when publishing articles in the sciences or in fields like art history, once a manuscript has been accepted for publication, the professional journal seeks a subvention to help with publication costs, the inclusion of copies of art within the text, and so forth. On rare occasions, solid academic presses also seek subventions once a book length manuscript has been accepted to help meet publication costs. This grant initiative will help fund subvention costs for articles and books focused upon Peace Studies or studies related to Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America once the manuscript has been accepted for publication in recognized academic journals and by respected academic (not vanity) presses.
Budget: Up to $1,000 for journal articles and $5,000 for book length manuscripts, pending funding.
Application: Once a scholarly paper or book length manuscript has been accepted for publication, submit a copy of the paper or manuscript to the Freistat Center along with the correspondence between the author and publisher clarifying the extent of subvention costs.
Final Report: Successful recipients must provide the Freistat Center with final copy of the publication.
Note: Recipients of this subvention must recognize in the text of their article or the preface of their book the contribution of the Freistat Center to their endeavor.
Updated May 31, 2011