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Funds for Faculty Research and Collaborations
In order to remain at the top of its game as a Research 1 university, UNC faculty stay current in their research, scholarship and artistry. They then bring that knowledge to teaching Carolina students. The Institute is proud to be able to offer funding opportunities to faculty. This academic year you can apply for the following grants.
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Grants will be accessible for application when they are in play.
The IAH Honors Carolina Collaboration Grant—with the generous support of the William C. Friday Leadership Fund—are proud to offer an exciting opportunity for Honors Carolina students to assist fellows in their current research projects. The student will contribute 8–10 hours per week during one semester to support the project.
Eligibility: This opportunity is for Honors Carolina students and for IAH Faculty Fellows or Academic Leadership Program Fellows. Student and fellow need to submit a joint application. Preference will be given to faculty/student pairings that have not previously worked together on funded research projects. Interdisciplinary projects are highly encouraged.
Amount: Students receive a $2,000 stipend.
Deadlines: Fall 2017: April 21, 2017
Spring 2018: October 1, 2017
Announcements: Grants for fall 2017 announced in June of 2017. Grants for spring 2018 announced in November of 2017.Application is Closed
The King’s College Fund supports projects and collaborative events that advance the relationship between UNC and King’s College London (KCL). The Dean’s Office, the IAH, and participating departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, supports this program. Funds may be requested to cover travel by UNC faculty and graduate students, costs of housing and hospitality for local events, and other expenses if appropriate.
Eligibility: The following departments participate in the funding of the King’s College Fund: Classics, English and Comparative Literature, Geography, Global Studies, History, Music, Peace War and Defense, and Religious Studies. The Chair of the faculty/graduate students’ department or curriculum should approve all proposals.
Amount: Support for each funded proposal will typically range between $2,000 and $8,000.
Deadline: November 1, 2017.
Announcement: December of 2017.Application is Closed
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities co-sponsor and announce a call for proposals for the Fostering Interdisciplinary Research Explorations (FIRE) grant program. The goal is to encourage radically interdisciplinary innovation that transcends the boundaries of conventional partnerships, integrating the strengths of varying perspectives and methodologies, and fostering a collaborative and creative research at UNC.
Eligibility: This program provides seed funding for broad, collaborative, research activities that are interdisciplinary and involve at least two faculty members from different departments, disciplines, or schools across UNC. The priority for interdisciplinary awards is for teams of faculty from dramatically different areas who come together to create new research or scholarship.
Amount: Two to three grants, each for $25,000. The funds will be available for 18 months.
Deadlines: Determined by the Vice Chancellor of Research, typically mid-spring semester.
Announcement: End of the Spring semester.Application is Closed
The Institute for the Arts and Humanities invites faculty artists to submit proposals for projects that incorporate themes of social justice. Works must respond to notions or instances of injustice that lead to the oppression or marginalization of individuals or groups. (A short list of examples would include homophobia, human trafficking, income inequality, police brutality, racism, religious extremism and intolerance, and sexism.) With the understanding that social justice is a process rather than an outcome, the goal of such works should be to raise awareness, encourage dialogue, build community or solidarity, or in some way spur constructive thought or action around injustice in the world. To that end, these projects should be displayed/performed on campus to allow the UNC-Chapel Hill community to interact with the art. All projects must be completed by February 28, 2018 for display or performance later in the semester.
Eligibility: Full-time faculty (both tenure ladder and fixed term) from any discipline are eligible to apply, and we welcome collaborations among faculty and students. Funds cannot be used for course buyouts or salary but can be used for the purchase of materials, supplies, facility rental, studio space, and student assistants.
Amount: Two grants will be funded in the amounts of $5,000–8,000. The funds will be awarded in July of 2017 and need to be expended by June 2018.
Deadline: Spring 2018.
Announcement: Grants announced in June of 2018.Application is Closed
Schwab Academic Excellence Award
The Schwab Academic Excellence Award (AEA) is an endowed fund at the IAH. The fund is used to support 21 department chairs in the arts, humanities and qualitative social sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, to designate a faculty member in their department to receive this $3,000 award to support the person’s scholarship and creative activity. The award is intended to support outstanding faculty work and as an early intervention retention tool for department chairs in these departments to use at their discretion.
Announcement: Awards are given out in the spring semester each year.
George H. Johnson Prize
The George H. Johnson Prize for Distinguished Achievement by an IAH Fellow is a biennial award, which provides the recipient $7,500 of research funds and a banquet in his/her honor. The prize started in 2008 and is names after one of the Institutes great ambassadors, and the IAH created this award to honor George at the same time recognizing the exemplary contributions by faculty in the arts, humanities and qualitative social sciences.
Announcement: The next prize will be awarded in 2018–19.
For more information, contact:
Coordinator for Faculty Programs