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Current Grant Opportunities

Explore internal and external funding opportunities.

Internal Grants

Ashforth Grant: awarded exclusively for study in the British Isles, with priority given to study in Great Britain.
Amount: up to $5,000
Contact: Chair of Faculty Research and Development Committee (FRDC) – currently Katie Sutherland, kpsutherland@rollins.edu or Karla Knight, kknight@rollins.edu
Deadlines:  Last Friday of September for faculty members planning sabbatical; third Friday in January for faculty members not using the grant for a sabbatical period

Critchfield Grant: awarded exclusively for research projects, domestic and international.

Amount: up to $5,000
Contact: Chair of FRDC (see above) or Karla Knight, kknight@rollins.edu
Deadlines:  Last Friday of September for faculty members planning sabbatical; third Friday in January for faculty members not using the grant for a sabbatical period


Individual Development and Course Development Grants: awarded for workshops, symposia, seminars, structured study projects, conferences, and the development of material for new courses. These grants help a faculty member acquire new knowledge or develop a specific course.

Amount: up to $5,000
Contact: Chair of FRDC (see above) or Karla Knight, kknight@rollins.edu
Deadlines:  Last Friday of September for faculty members planning sabbatical; third Friday in January for faculty members not using the grant for a sabbatical period


Cornell Research Grant: awarded for research projects and associated international travel outside of Great Britain.

Amount: up to $5,000
Contact: Chair of FRDC (see above) or Karla Knight, kknight@rollins.edu
Deadlines:  Last Friday of September for faculty members planning sabbatical; third Friday in January for faculty members not using the grant for a sabbatical period


Faculty FYRST Grant: full-year research stipends (FYRSTs) to assist faculty using full-year sabbaticals for research. In addition, faculty continue to be paid one-half their normal salary during the year of the sabbatical.

Amount: $15,000 to associate professors and $20,000 to full professors
Contact: Dean of the Faculty or Karla Knight, kknight@rollins.edu
Deadline: Last Friday in September


Diversity Infusion Grant: awards grants for projects that will further our mission of increased diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice on campus.

Amount: up to $2,000 to develop the project; up to an additional $750 for specified project costs 
Contact: diversitycouncil@rollins.edu
Deadline: December 1


Community Engagement Conference Travel Grant for Public and Engaged Scholarship: funds Rollins faculty attendance at signature community engagement (CE) conferences to support public and engaged scholarship, learn about CE best practices, share CE projects and research, and/or develop pedagogical skills.

Amount: up to $1,000
Contact: Meredith Hein, mhein@rollins.edu 


Faculty Instructional Technology Integration (FITI) Grant: available to assist in the development of a practical liberal arts education in the 21st century. The program aims to: 1) encourage the pedagogically sound use of technology and digital content in student learning, 2) encourage faculty to utilize instructional technologists, librarians and the Endeavor Center for Faculty Development as an integrated collaborative development team, and 3) increase the technological literacy of the faculty in regards to teaching and learning.
Amount: up to $5,000 Contact: Nancy Chick, Director of the Endeavor Center for Faculty Development, nchick@rollins.edu or Amy Sugar, Director of Instructional Design & Technology, asugar@rollins.edu
Deadline: February annually 

Faculty-Staff Grants from the Center for Global Initiatives
Faculty-Staff Travel Seminar Grant and Rollins Internationalization Grant (RIG): funds eligible international trips by faculty and staff for both faculty-led or staff-led group travel or individual travel.
Amount: up to $3,500
Contact: Giselda Beaudin, Director of Global Initiatives, gbeaudin@rollins.edu
Deadline: accepted on a rolling basis; December 1 (fall cycle) and May 1 (spring cycle)
Global Initiatives Committee Grants: supports efforts to internationalize the campus community by funding activities that do not require international travel.
Amount: up to $1,000
Contact: Giselda Beaudin, Director of Global Initiatives, gbeaudin@rollins.edu
Deadline: accepted on a rolling basis; December 1 (fall cycle) and May 1 (spring cycle)

Open Educational Resource Grant: available for Rollins faculty members interested in working with a team consisting of the Director of the Endeavor Center for Faculty Development, an instructional technologist, and a librarian to lower the textbook costs for students in a specific course using Open Educational Resources (OER).

Amount: up to $3,000
Contact: Deborah Prosser, Director, Olin Library, dprosser@rollins.edu or Amy Sugar, Director of Instructional Design & Technology, asugar@rollins.edu
Deadline: February annually


Proposal Improvement and Research Incentive (PIRI) Grant: intended to help faculty make their external grant proposals and applications more competitive and fundable through specific professional development activities. It is expected that faculty who receive PIRI funding will apply for an external grant or fellowship from a major funding agency within one year of receiving their grant.

Amount: up to $2,000 for proposal improvement activities, plus an additional $1,000 as research incentive funds Contact: Devon Massot, dmassot@rollins.edu
Deadline: rolling


Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program: offers funding to involve Rollins College students in original research or scholarship in a partnership with a member of the faculty of the College. The program supports projects in any subject area including the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Projects take place over the summer and are six or eight weeks in length. The program supports stipends for students and faculty, as well as support for supplies and materials. In addition, the College will provide funds to pay for housing in a residence hall for each student desiring to live on campus during the period of the research.

Contact: Chris Fuse, cfuse@rollins.edu
Deadline: early March annually


The following Special Awards for Faculty are outlined in further detail in Section III of the Faculty Handbook:
The Hugh and Jeannette McKean Grant: cash award to enable a faculty member to undertake a research project, an artistic work, or a teaching project that will contribute to the educational mission of the College.

Amount: $15,000
Contact: Tina Hall, thall@rollins.edu
Deadline: The Provost issues a call for proposals in the fall, with a submission deadline in early February. Only tenured or tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply

Arthur Vining Davis Fellowship: Students and faculty nominate faculty members who have made significant contributions by virtue of "outstanding teaching, scholarly work and publications, completion of significant research projects, accomplishments in the fine arts, important contributions to the educational goals of the College or outstanding contributions to the cultural, economic, and social community of Central Florida."

Amount: $3,000
Contact: Tina Hall, thall@rollins.edu
Deadline: May annually

Cornell Distinguished Faculty Award: Each year Rollins bestows up to three Cornell Distinguished Faculty awards to recognize exceptional professional accomplishments in at least two of the faculty’s three primary emphases of teaching, research, and service. Because teaching is the first priority at Rollins, it is expected that all awardees will have established a record of excellence in instruction.

Amount: $5,000/year for 3 years, plus $2,500 increase to base salary at award end
Contact: Karla Knight, kknight@rollins.edu
Deadline: May annually

Cornell Distinguished Teaching Award: recognizes Rollins faculty who have distinguished themselves and the College through outstanding teaching.

Amount: $10,000 stipend
Contact: Tina Hall, thall@rollins.edu
Deadline: May annually

Cornell Distinguished Service Award: recognizes Rollins faculty who have distinguished themselves and the College through outstanding service.

Amount: $10,000 stipend
Contact: Tina Hall, thall@rollins.edu
Deadline: May annually

Bornstein Award for Faculty Scholarship: recognizes Rollins faculty whose outstanding scholarly achievement or creative accomplishment has helped bring national prominence to Rollins College. The Award also helps to encourage future scholarship among Rollins faculty.

Amount: $10,000 stipend
Contact: Tina Hall, thall@rollins.edu
Deadline: May annually

External Grants

Associated Colleges of the South

Grants are available to the 16 ACS member campuses to allow faculty and staff to engage in creative and collaborative programming addressing at least one of the following themes: innovative instruction, collaborative curriculum, and diversity and inclusion.