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College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences

Physical Address:
112 Administration Bldg
851 Campus Drive

Mailing Address:
College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
111 Perimeter Drive MS 3154
Moscow, ID 11111-3154

Phone: 111-111-6426

Fax: 111-111-8964

Email: [email protected]

Web: College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Funding Opportunities

For corporate and foundation funding : Corporate and Foundation Relations
For government and federal funding : Research & Economic Development

CLASS Funding Opportunities

Members of CLASS tenure line faculty, clinical faculty, and instructors are eligible for travel support to organized regional, national, and international conferences for the purpose of presenting, discussing, or performing original research or creative work. This fund intends to supplement travel support available through the individual’s department. Applications are due on October 1, 2019 for fall travel and February 1, 2020 for spring travel. Support will be granted for participation in a maximum of one conference or meeting of scholarly societies subject to availability of funds. Travel for fall awards must occur between August 19, 2019-December 2019; and January 1, 2020-August 15, 2020 for spring awards. Priority will be given to faculty in CLASS departments with no travel funds and/or very limited travel funds, and quality of the opportunity for the faculty member will also be considered.

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One CLASS Interdisciplinary Fellowship will be awarded in Spring 2020 to lead the work of an interdisciplinary team of faculty on strategic research/creative areas vital to the college. In 2020, one faculty will be awarded $14,000 to lead a team that results in tangible interdisciplinary research or creative work. Department chairs must nominate potential applicants and may nominate up to two faculty from one unit. Nominations are due to the Associate Dean for Research by Feb. 14, 2020; completed applications are due by 5 p.m. PDT on April 3, 2020.

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A CLASS Research Fellowship is awarded annually to a faculty member who holds the rank of associate professor, full professor or university distinguished professor. In 2020, one fellowships for up to $20,000 will be awarded to one faculty member in humanities, performing arts, or social sciences.

Completed applications are due by 5 p.m. PDT on Friday, April 3, 2020.

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The CLASS Summer Grant Program offers up to $2,500 for travel, equipment, supplies, or for undergraduate or graduate research assistance (per HR guidelines) in order to create a sustainable research or creative project. The grant can also be used by the PI as summer salary to fund the writing of a grant to a federal granting agency for the 2021 submission period. The grants are intended to support tenure-track and tenured faculty to do one or more of the following:

  1. Conduct research that will further scholarship and directly lead to a publication or creative achievement; or
  2. Write and submit a grant proposal to a federal granting agency in 2021; or
  3. Establish a collaborative research or creative project with a team of faculty that includes at least one member from another discipline and that leads either to the submission of a grant proposal to a federal granting agency or will further scholarship and directly lead to a publication or creative achievement.

Please submit a draft of your budget to the CLASS Fiscal Officer by October 18, 2019 and the final proposal is due electronically to Diane Kelly-Riley on November 1, 2019.

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The fund supports the study of any subject connected with the history of the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho or Montana, for which a portion of the chronology occurred during the territorial and early statehood period.

The committee awards subventions for research, preservation of archival and manuscript collections, student assistantships, travel, exhibitions, conferences, or acquisitions of rare books, manuscripts, artifacts, photocopies and images. Faculty members are not eligible for salary stipends.

Contact Mark Warner for more information.

The Kurt O. Olsson Early Career Research Fellowship (ECRF) program aims to help recently hired faculty develop scholarly/creative programs that promote research and creative activities in the humanities, arts, and social sciences that will attract outside funding, and/or that will result in publications, patents or exhibitions/performances. Download Document

The Kurt O. Olsson Mid-Career Research Fellowship program aims to help advanced faculty develop new scholarly/creative programs that promote research and creative activities in the humanities, arts, and social sciences that will attract outside funding, and/or that will result in publications, patents or exhibitions/performances. Download Document

The CLASS Undergraduate Collaborative Research Key Grant is designed to encourage collaboration between CLASS faculty and undergraduate students on scholarly or creative projects, which may include articles or books, conferences, performances, productions, workshops, travel and professional development experiences.

Proposals are due on November 1, 2019 (with a budget review by October 18, 2019) for the fall cycle; and April 3, 2020 (with a budget review by March 20, 2020). The CLASS fiscal officer must approve your budget before you can submit your application.

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U of I Internal Funding Opportunities

Amount: $1000 annually (first award winner will receive the award for three consecutive years)

Description: Elaine Ambrose, a CLASS alumna, has established a new endowment in the college to support storytelling. In addition to a storytelling workshop and a graduating senior award, the Ambrose endowment will fund a faculty award to any faculty member who is an active storyteller as part of her or his research, scholarship, or creative activity. In other words, the award can go to any faculty member in CLASS with an ongoing research agenda based in storytelling.

Allowable expenses: The award can be used for travel expenses, publishing costs, conference fees or other activities directly related to their creative and scholarly work in storytelling.

Application: Send to Jean Planagan ([email protected]) by Nov. 6, 2017, a CV and a description of a plan to use the award to advance a creative and scholarly activity based in storytelling. Six hundred words maximum for the description.

Expectations of recipient: The recipient of the award will keep storytelling as an active component of her or his research and scholarly activity for the duration of the award. The recipient will work to mentor undergraduate students in the craft of storytelling. In particular, the recipient will organize an annual Storytelling Workshop on the UI Moscow campus (target date of the first workshop is March 20, 2018) for CLASS faculty and students who will meet with Elaine Ambrose and will present their own works. The expectation is that the Storytelling Workshop will be a four-hour event that will include lunch. Finally, it is the expectation that one of the students presenting that day will become the recipient of the Ambrose Storytelling Senior Award, which is also funded by the Ambrose endowment.

Expectations for workshop: The Ambrose endowment will fund the workshop completely. It will happen in Moscow. The goal of the workshop is to highlight the creative activities of undergraduate students who engage in storytelling. Participating students will attend with their faculty mentors. Elaine Ambrose will also attend and open the workshop with a presentation. The faculty award winner will then make a presentation. Each participating student will present a selection of a story that they have written. After a lunch, there will be panel presentation for workshop participants to discuss the power of storytelling. Logistics for the event will be handled by CLASS Development. The retreat is expected to last four hours. The faculty award winner will help organize the event.

What do they do: The International Programs Office (IPO) pursues grants that bring international students, scholars, mid-career professionals, teachers and community leaders to U of I for training, teaching and/or academic study. Grants range from five days to two years.

IPO collaborates with U of I colleges and departments works closely with a number of partners. These include:

  • Center for Intercultural Education and Development (CIED) at Georgetown University
  • Institute of International Education (IIE)
  • International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)
  • Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Who should them: CLASS faculty or administrators who are interested in partnering with IPO on grants.

When to : As early in the process as possible. This is especially critical if you want IPO to have a significant role in the writing of the grant and/or have IP staff serve as PIs or Co-PIs on the project.

Whom to : Bob Neuenschwander [email protected]

RISE funds are competitively awarded by the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) to further the development of research, scholarly and creative activities across all disciplines. RISE grants are intended to enhance the competitiveness of future proposals submitted to external sponsors, and/or result in publications, patents, awards, performances or other deliverables related to the PI’s discipline. There are multiple funding opportunities available on various timelines through the RISE program.

To participate in the ORED RISE funding programs, a PI must be in a tenure-track or research faculty position and must have submitted all reports and requirements from previous ORED awards and all sponsored activities. Additionally, a PI cannot apply to a specific RISE program from which they have been awarded funds in the last two years (e.g., Jumpstart (JS) awardees are not eligible to apply for JS funding until two years after the project end date, but they are eligible to apply to other RISE programs). For more information, [email protected].

Who qualifies for sabbatical leave? Members of the UI faculty with tenure at the time of sabbatical leave, and the rank of senior instructor or above, or the equivalent of such rank, may be granted sabbatical leave after six full academic years of service at UI or after six full academic years have elapsed since the faculty member’s most recent sabbatical leave at UI.

To find out more about sabbatical leave, refer to the

What they do: Corporate and Foundation Relations helps U of I faculty and staff find and apply for funding from corporations and foundations for everything from creative works to research projects. CFR also provides profiles on particular foundations and corporations and offers grant-writing assistance, training and other resources.

Contact them to:

When to : If you’re interested in finding funding opportunities of all kinds via setting up a Pivot account, or if you’re interested in having the office staff search for possible matches with foundation and corporate and individual donors; the office can also help with proposal development. To learn more go to: Find Corporate Funding.

Whom to : Send us an email [email protected] or meet our team.

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Find out the latest in humanities and social science funding news.

* U of I Pivot training is available from the ORED proposal development specialist or from Corporate and Foundation Relations.

External Opportunities

NOTE: The links below reference both granting organizations as well as websites that provide directories of funding opportunities. Many corporations and foundations limit the number and type of submissions one institution can submit. If you’d like to approach a corporation or foundation on this list, please Corporate and Foundation Relations.

*Faculty using Pivot will need to use their credentials to create a new account on the Pivot homepage.


College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences

Physical Address:
112 Administration Bldg
851 Campus Drive

Mailing Address:
College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
111 Perimeter Drive MS 3154
Moscow, ID 11111-3154

Phone: 111-111-6426

Fax: 111-111-8964

Email: [email protected]

Web: College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences