Research Grant Opportunities for Faculty, Staff, and Students

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.

For information about research studies that were funded by RSIA Grants, please see these videos: Gallaudet Faculty Research.

Internal Funding Opportunities:

Small Research Grants (SRG) Priority Research Fund (PRF)
Overview Grant funding available to the whole 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 member. For faculty, staff and Clerc Center personnel (students are ineligible). Grant funding must be considered to fit under one of the Gallaudet Research Priorities.
Timeline The grant period runs from October 1-September 30; all funds must be used within the fiscal year that it is awarded (e.g., 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 September 30 the following year). The grant period runs from October 1-September 30.
Due Dates There is no official deadline, but funding tends to run out by the end of the Spring semester. Apply as early as possible. PRF Application Deadline: February 15 by 5pm.
Expression of Interest to Apply Due: December 15.
How to Apply Click here for more information and the online application. Click here for more information and a paper application.
Policy Selected Policies & Procedures for RSIA Grant Funds. Selected Policies & Procedures for RSIA Grant Funds.
Past Grants Previous SRG Awards. Previous PRF Awards.
FAQs Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Charles Reilly and Senda Benaissa coordinate the SRG and PRF programs. Questions may be submitted via email to

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 your nominations to by February 15, 2016. 

The successful work may be created by a member of the Gallaudet University faculty, staff, administration, or graduate student body. The work of a Gallaudet University alumnus/a, visiting researcher or scholar may also be considered. Faculty teaching undergraduate courses are particularly encouraged to apply. Outstanding works of literary criticism, history, biography, as well as papers delivered at conferences, are acceptable entries. Preference is to be given to work related to Francophone areas and Hispanic Deaf Studies. 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 Gallaudet academic community or self-nominate with two letters of support by February 15. A single recipient could receive an award of $800.  If there is a tie, two candidates could be selected and each would receive $400. The awardee(s) will give a short presentation of their work during the award reception event. 

Cosmos Scholarship:

This grant program of the Cosmos Club Foundation supports graduate students enrolled on a full- or part-time basis at at an eligible Washington, DC 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/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.

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