Finding Internal Research Grant Opportunities for Faculty, Staff, and Students at Gallaudet University

Gallaudet University has a mandated obligation to contribute knowledge likely to benefit the nation's 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.

Please note that students in dissertation programs who wish to do a pilot or exploratory study in their chosen area may later apply for additional funding for conducting their dissertation study. However, the total amount of funding for both grants may not exceed $2,500.

For Faculty, Staff, and Students:

  1. Small Research Grants Program (SRG). The Small Research Grants Program accepts proposals for a wide range of research studies by faculty, Clerc Center teachers, staff, and students. It is expected that any research supported by the Small Research Grants Program include appropriate research methods. The Small Research Grants are limited funds that can be used up to one year.

For Faculty and Staff and Clerc Center personnel:

  1. Priority Research Fund (PRF). The Priority Research Fund serves as a seed grant to support research studies on campus in areas that have been determined to be of high importance to the University. The PRF allows campus researchers to conduct both basic and applied research related to 13 research priority areas using a wide range of methods. It is expected that Priority Grant Fund recipients will submit at least one proposal for external research funding as a result of their support from the Priority Grant Fund. Students are not eligible to apply.

    Contacts: Information, questions, and grant applications should be submitted via email to Charles Reilly and Senda Benaissa are the Small Research Grants Program and Priority Research Fund coordinators.

Rachel Hartig Award for Research Excellence recognizes noteworth work created by Undergraduate Faculty and Graduate Students:

A prize of $750 will be awarded annually to a researcher in the field of International Deaf Cultural Studies with preference given to work related to Francophone areas and Hispanic Deaf Studies. This award is designed to encourage and celebrate the production of a noteworthy work in the disciplines indicated, created by a member of the Gallaudet University undergraduate faculty or by a graduate student.

This is a competition award. Both outstanding works on topics including literary criticism, history, biography, and papers delivered at conferences are acceptable entries. Special attention will be accorded to manuscripts under consideration for publication by Gallaudet University Press or already published by the Press. Criteria for the award include innovation in scholarship, clarity of expression, and significance of the subject. Candidates may be nominated by any member of the academic community or may self-nominate, but must provide two letters of support.

The period for submitting nominations and products for the competition is now open until the deadline of January 31. Please send nominations and products to Pilar Piñar, chair of World Languages and Cultures Department. An interdisciplinary screening committee selected by the chair will review the submissions. The award winner will be announced in April 2015. The successful candidate will give a short presentation of their work followed by a question and answer period at a reception held in their honor. The candidate will receive the $750 award at this reception.

Note: Another Funding Opportunity for Graduate Students to Consider is Cosmos Scholars:

This grant program of the Cosmos Club Foundation supports graduate students enrolled on a full- or part-time basis at one of the eligible Washington, D.C. area universities (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, 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.


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