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Scholarly & Creative Activity Summer Award

Program Description

The College of Arts and Letters is pleased to offer a summer Scholarly & Creative Activity Awards opportunity for probationary faculty during the 2023 summer intersession. This award offers a one-time stipend to support faculty contributions to their disciplines through research, scholarly, and creative activity. Recipients must commit to producing a deliverable such as an article, book chapter, grant proposal, or new work of art (e.g., visual, musical, literary, performative, or curatorial), by the end of the summer session. Projects must align with the faculty member’s current Faculty Development Plan. Faculty awardees are expected to devote their productive time to working on their project. As such, summer teaching may not overlap with full-time project work.

Funding Priorities

Projects must align with the faculty member’s current Faculty Development Plan.
Priority will be given to proposals that:

  • Complete an established project
  • Launch a new direction in scholarship/creativity
  • Provide seed funding for external grant applications

For proposals for seed funding, among the required deliverables is a complete, vetted, and submitted grant application to an external funding/granting agency. This will require collaboration with the Dean’s Office and ORIED.

What can be funded?

The Dean’s Office will administer the program on behalf of the College. Faculty awardees will receive a stipend of $5,000 upon completion of the project and submission of the identified deliverables and grant report.

Projects that require additional funding to undertake must be funded independently. This award does not provide funding to cover project-related costs.

Faculty can elect to work full-time on their project concurrent with summer session 1 or summer session 2, or part-time across the whole summer. Summer teaching may not overlap with full-time project work.


Proposals are due via Adobe Sign submission by 5 pm on Monday, May 8th and award announcements are expected in mid-May.

Report and Deliverables are due Monday, September 11, 2023.


All faculty who are in probationary status during the Spring 2023 semester and are appointed in any of the departments within Arts & Letters are eligible to apply.

Summer teaching may not overlap with full-time project work.

Application Instructions

Complete the PDF application form, attach your current faculty development plan (from your most recent WPAF), and submit through Adobe Sign routing your application for review and approval by 5 pm Monday, May 8th.

Check List

  • Completed application form
  • Attached current faculty development plan
  • Routed through Adobe Sign to Department Chair and Associate Dean Bellon
  • Submitted by 5 pm Monday, May 8th