ACM-University of Chicago Faculty Development Grants
Note: The maximum level of funding for this program has been reached, and no new applications can be accepted. ACM thanks the University of Chicago for its partnership in this faculty development program during the past five years.
The University of Chicago, a member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest from 1988-2008, has generously created an ACM Faculty Development Grant Program to promote interaction between ACM faculty and the University. The five-year program, which runs through the 2012-13 academic year, allows faculty at ACM member colleges to propose a variety of research activities that take advantage of the unique resources of the University of Chicago and help advance the scholarly agendas of liberal arts faculty.
In the final year of the program, the maximum amount of an award has been raised to $3,000. Grants will support travel and costs associated with brief residencies or interactions at the University. The main areas of focus include:
- Participation in one of the Graduate Workshops sponsored by the Council on Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (CAS). These workshops typically involve interdisciplinary collaborations and presentations by university faculty members, graduate students, and guest speakers from other institutions. A full list of current workshops can be found at http://cas.uchicago.edu/.
- Focused research in the University’s libraries that takes advantage of collections and holdings otherwise not available to ACM faculty members.
- Participation in other collaborations with University of Chicago faculty arranged through ongoing disciplinary associations or participation in other University of Chicago-affiliated seminar or discussion groups.
Projects can involve a combination of activities. For example, a faculty member may participate in the meetings of a CAS workshop and build in library research time around that event. Visitor access to the University libraries will be arranged as part of the grant award.
Call for Proposals
Grant proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis through the 2012-13 academic year, however, the funded activity must be completed and the report (including a detailed expense account and receipts) submitted to the ACM office for reimbursement no later than May 31, 2013.
Awards can range up to $3,000 for activities that continue over more than one academic quarter. ACM anticipates making up to a dozen awards during 2012-13.
Proposals must include the following:
- A description of the proposed activities at the University of Chicago and an account of how the interaction would advance the research agenda of the ACM faculty member. Applicants should be especially clear about why particular resources at the University of Chicago are essential to ongoing research projects and what role this interaction will have in future scholarly work.
- An estimated budget that outlines proposed expenses and gives a timeline for activities at the University of Chicago.
- A curriculum vitae.
- A letter of support from the academic dean at the faculty member's college.
At the completion of the activities funded under this grant, the faculty member will send a report to the ACM that includes a detailed expense account (with receipts) and a summary of the grant activities (this must be submitted to the ACM office no later than May 31, 2013). Applicants should give an account of how the grant activity enhanced their scholarly agendas and plans for building on that work. A check will be issued to the grant recipient upon completion of the activity and submission of the final report.
Proposals will initially be reviewed by an ACM committee and then by the Dean's Office at the College of the University of Chicago. Individual faculty members may apply for up to two ACM-University of Chicago Faculty Development Grants over the course of the five-year grant program, but not in consecutive years.
Budgets should be based on ACM Travel Guidelines. Housing at the University is available at the International House. It may also be possible to arrange for housing at a hotel in Chicago’s River North area through the ACM office.
Questions and completed proposals (preferably in electronic form) should be directed to Betsy Hutula at ACM.