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Grants and awards in support of scholarship

Faculty Research Grants

Eligibility: All faculty with rank
Deadline: Mid January
Notification: Early February; funding available immediately

Description: The Faculty Research Committee annually will consider requests to fund creative and scholarly work in any of the disciplines taught at Augustana College. Funds are available for such items as student salaries, travel costs, special equipment, supplies, computer time, typing costs, journal page costs, work in major archives, and additional study. Within its means, the committee tries to support as much good work, by as many colleagues, as possible. Typical grants range from $1,000- $2,000; the FRC's annual budget for grants is usually around $10,000.

Guidelines: Refer to the annual call for proposals for specific directions. Normally, an application need be no longer than five pages or 1,500 words. Applications should be clearly written, in language intelligible to colleagues outside one's own specialty. If it is essential to describe the project in language special to a particular field, a summary in more ordinary terms should be included.

All applications should include some account of the following:

  • The applicant's general qualifications for the proposed work, relevant previous work and experience (an abbreviated curriculum vitae must be included), and preparation or ground work (if any) already undertaken specifically for the work proposed.
  • The relationship between the proposed work and previous/current work in the field by others.
  • The result or product anticipated, and the means and methods which are expected to be adequate to the purpose.
  • A brief but specific itemized budget must be included. A timetable of the stages of work should be included for projects of more than a few months' duration.
  • Continuing projects are eligible for repeated funding but must include an annual timeline and annual budget. Proposals that build upon previously-funded work must demonstrate progress and have expended the previous year's funding.
  • The prospects for publication or other public attention, and the advantage, if any, the work might be or bring to the college.

Submit your proposal by email attachment to the Academic Affairs office.

Responsibilities of the grantee

  • Acknowledgement of Augustana financial assistance in products produced from work
  • A brief (1-2 page) report detailing the results of the research, including where the work was presented, performed, and/or published. This should be submitted to the Dean of the College, the Chair of the Faculty Research Committee, and Michelle Heinrichs no later than 1 year after notification of the grant. Funds not expended by 1 year after the grant notification will revert back to the general Faculty Research Fund.
  • Faculty who are funded by these grants are expected to give a lecture or public presentation of the project's results within a reasonable period of time.

Faculty Summer Research Stipends

Eligibility: Untenured faculty members with academic rank
Deadline: Mid March
Notification: Late March; funding available July 1

Description: The FRC awards summer research awards of $1,800 each to two untenured faculty members each year. These grants are designed to contribute to the teaching program of the college by promoting faculty excellence. The grants are to enable untenured faculty members to develop as scholars and teachers by making possible sustained and significant academic endeavors.

Guidelines: Refer to the annual call for proposals for specific directions. The award of these grants will be made by the college upon recommendation of the Faculty Research Committee. Guidelines for application and selection are the same as those used for the Faculty Research Grants. Send the proposal by email attachment to the Academic Affairs Office.

Responsibilities of the grantee

  • Acknowledgement of Augustana financial assistance in products produced from work
  • A brief (1-2 page) report detailing the results of the research, including where the work was presented, performed, and/or published. This should be submitted to the Dean of the College, the Chair of the Faculty Research Committee, and Academic Affairs office no later than 1 year after notification of the grant. Should the project not be completed within a year, a progress report should be submitted to the Academic Affairs Office.
  • A presentation on the work completed to be delivered as part of the Conversations on Scholarship, the Celebration of Learning, Teaching Circle, the Feminist Tea Series, or other campus-wide event.

New Faculty Research Awards

Eligibility: Available to tenure-track faculty members in their first three years
Deadline: November 15; funds are available earlier if needed
Notification: December 8

Description: All new faculty members can apply for up to $4,000 in support for research per year (in any of the four areas of scholarship defined by Ernest Boyer in "Scholarship Reconsidered") in their first three years of service to Augustana. Those funds can be combined with any of the other grants mentioned here.

Guidelines: Normally, an application need be no longer than five pages or 1,500 words. Submit your application to the dean of the college using the guidelines found here.

Responsibilities of the grantee

  • Acknowledgement of Augustana financial assistance in products produced from work
  • A brief (1-2 page) report detailing the results of the research, including where the work was presented, performed, and/or published. This should be submitted to the Dean of the College no later than 3 months after the conclusion of the grant.

 Sabbatical Leave Grants

Eligibility: Faculty eligible for sabbatical the following year who are planning a two- or three-term sabbatical leave.
Deadline: Mid March
Notification: Late March; funding available July 1

Description: The sabbatical leave grants are designed to contribute to the teaching program of the college by promoting faculty excellence. The grants are to enable faculty members to develop as scholars and teachers by making possible sustained and significant academic endeavors. There are two grants available each year; each will pay $3,600 to a faculty member on sabbatical taking a 2- or 3-term sabbatical leave.

Guidelines: Refer to the annual call for proposals for specific directions. The award of these grants will be made by the college upon recommendation of the Faculty Research Committee. Guidelines for application and selection are the same as those used for the Augustana Faculty Research Grants. Submit proposals to the Academic Affairs Office.

Responsibilities of the grantee

  • Sabbatical leave approved through the normal channels.
  • Acknowledgement of Augustana financial assistance in products produced from work
  • A brief (1-2 page) report detailing the results of the research, including where the work was presented, performed, and/or published. This should be submitted to the Dean of the College, the Chair of the Faculty Research Committee and Academic Affairs office no later than 1 year after notification of the grant.
  • A presentation on sabbatical work completed to be delivered as part of the Conversations on Scholarship, the Celebration of Learning, Teaching Circle, the Feminist Tea Series, or other campus-wide event.

Reassigned Time for Major Projects

Eligibility: All tenure-track and tenured faculty who have taught at Augustana for one full year, and who are nearing completion of a major scholarly or artistic project
Deadline: November 15 for Reassigned Time requests for the following academic year.  Requests may be considered after this date pending availability.  Faculty should not request course release time for courses that already have registered students.
Notification: December 15

Description: Four credits of reassigned time are available to faculty members for the purpose of completing a major scholarly project. Work in any of the scholarly areas of discovery, teaching, integration and application are eligible. The Dean's Office will support reassigned time for up to two faculty members annually. Typically these awards will not be given to faculty members from the same department. Priority will be given to requests from faculty members who have not yet received reassigned time or any other leaves.

Guidelines: An application should include description of the project (up to four pages), the project's status and how the reassigned time will be used, as well as a brief curriculum vitae. Please include a supporting letter from your department chair as well as confirmation of outside commitment such as a contract from a publisher.

Send proposals to the Academic Affairs Office.

Responsibilities of the grantee

  • Acknowledgement of Augustana financial assistance in products produced from work
  • A brief (1-2 page) report detailing the results of the research, including where the work was performed and/or published. This should be submitted to the Dean of the College by no longer than 1 year after notification of the grant.

Student Research Assistantships

Augustana offers several sources of funding that can be used to support student research assistantships with faculty.  A list of funding sources is available here:  https://www.augustana.edu/academics/core/student-research/funding .  Faculty that are interested in involving students in research are also encouraged to reach out to Dr. Mariano Magalhães, Coordinator of Student Research and Creative Scholarship, to learn more about funding sources, publication venues, and other ideas related to enhancing the student experience through research.