Research Support

Gallaudet University has a mandated obligation to provide knowledge likely to benefit deaf and hard of hearing people, particularly in the areas of education and human services. The Office of Research Support and International Affairs (RSIA) invites Gallaudet faculty, staff, students, and Clerc Center teachers and staff to apply for Gallaudet research grants to help meet this obligation.

For information about research studies funded through RSIA, please see these videos: Gallaudet Faculty Research.

Internal Funding Opportunities

Small Research Grants (SRG)Priority Research Fund (PRF)
Overview Grant funding available to the entire campus community that is intended to support a variety of research projects. Intended as a seed grant to support on-campus research determined to be of high importance.
Eligibility For students, faculty, staff, and Clerc Center personnel. Only one award per study. Note: Student research must be approved and overseen by a faculty membe.r For faculty, staff, and Clerc Center personnel (students are ineligible). Grant funding must fit under one of the Gallaudet Research Priorities.
Timeline Funds must be used within the fiscal year (October 1 - September) of the award date. Funds awarded in the spring or summer must be used by September 30 of the same year. Funds awarded after October 1 must be used by the following September 30. The grant period runs from October 1-September 30
Due Dates Application deadline is May 1. Because funding tends to be exhausted by the end of the spring semester, researchers are encouraged to apply early. The PRF application deadline is February 15. The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest to Apply form is December 15.
How to Apply The Small Research Grant Instructions page outlines tips for applying and provides additional details about small grants, in general. The Priority Research Fund (PRF) page provides more information on how to apply.
Policies Selected Policies and Procedures for RSIA Grant Funds Selected Policies and Procedures for RSIA Grant Funds 
Previous Grants Previous SRG Awards Previous PRF Awards

Charles Reilly and Senda Benaissa coordinate the SRG and PRF programs. Questions may be submitted via email to Oluyinka Fakunle, Executive Secretary of RSIA, is in charge of post-award paperwork and payments.

Additional Funding Opportunities

Rachel Hartig Award for Research Excellence

This award is designed to encourage and celebrate the production of noteworthy work in the field of international deaf cultural studies. The awardee will be chosen by an interdisciplinary screening committee selected by the chair of the World Languages and Cultures Department. Please send nominations to by February 15 of a given year for the current award cycle.

The awardee may be a member of the Gallaudet University faculty, staff, administration, or graduate student body. The work of a Gallaudet University alumnus/a or visiting researcher or scholar may also be considered. Faculty teaching undergraduate courses are particularly encouraged to apply. Outstanding works of literary criticism, history and biography, as well as papers delivered at conferences are acceptable entries. Preference is given to work related to Francophone areas and Hispanic deaf studies. Special attention is given to manuscripts already published or under consideration for publication by Gallaudet University Press.

Criteria for the award includes: innovation in scholarship, clarity of expression, and significance of the research subject. Candidates may be nominated by any member of the Gallaudet academic community or by self-nomination with two letters of support. A single recipient's award is $800. If there is a tie, two candidates are selected and each receives $400. Awardee(s) give a brief presentation of their work during the award reception.

Cosmos Scholarship

This grant program of the Cosmos Club Foundation supports graduate students enrolled on a full- or part-time basis at an eligible Washington, D.C. area university (including Gallaudet). The program provides grants up to $4,000 to meet specific research needs not covered by other supporting funds, including but not limited to special supplies, travel, unanticipated expenses that would enhance the work, etc. Specifically excluded are general financial support, tuition, and living expenses (except in connection with supported travel). The major criterion for selection is the excellence of the research proposal; there is no restriction as to academic field/major, but the project should be focused on objective scholarly research. Detailed instructions on the application process can be found on the Cosmos Club Foundation's website.

Links to Additional Grant Information

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