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Wabash Center programs are funded by Lilly Endowment Inc.
Preparing Future Faculty
Doctoral Program Grants

$50,000 grants to enhance the preparation of doctoral students as teachers at accredited Ph.D. and Th.D. programs of religious or theological studies in the United States and Canada.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2017

During our 2011-16 Graduate Program Teaching Initiative with 33 doctoral programs in theology and religion, we heard Directors, Deans, and Chairs express the desire to improve teacher preparation of their doctoral programs.

To elevate and enhance this work, we created the Preparing Future Faculty Program, part of which includes this set of designated grants that will be awarded to doctoral programs to improve their work with doctoral students preparing for a teaching career.

Up to 16 grants will be awarded. Those institutions that participated in the Graduate Program Teaching Initiative program are especially encouraged to apply.

Possible Projects

Projects that gather faculty and other stake holders to reflect on, plan, design, revise, get feedback on, or assess a doctoral program’s structures and processes to prepare doctoral students for teaching.

  • TA programs
  • Mentoring
  • Pedagogy courses or workshops
  • Certificate programs
  • Admissions
  • Preparation to teach in particular contexts (e.g., undergraduate, theological, online)
  • Doctoral students as adjuncts
Several examples of grant projects previously funded by the Wabash Center focused on the development of doctoral students as teachers.

Wabash Grant Projects

The Wabash Center understands its grant projects as learning processes. Thus, as in other learning processes, a particular grant will design moments of exploration, discovery, learning, and transformation for those participating in the grant project. In building a grant, the project director should think of the presenting issue as that which needs exploration and interrogation, and the activities of the grant project as the means by which this exploration is done. The design should have an appropriate scaffold to facilitate learning and critical reflection, with moments of assessment built into the design so changes can be made, if necessary. It should also have a time of evaluative reflection at the end to assess what was learned during the course of the project. This type of grant presupposes a readiness to learn on the part of the project director and their colleagues, and an institutional readiness to listen and respond to what is discovered during the grant project.

Only a minimal amount of money will be approved for administrative support or faculty course leave; up to 10% of the expended funds may be allocated for indirect institutional support.

Grants are open to accredited Ph.D. and Th.D. programs in religious and theological studies in the United States and Canada.

All Doctoral Program grant proposals will need to have two project directors to maximize the emerging work of the project and its sustainability. Both project directors need to be available for a meeting in March 2018 and one in March 2019. These 2-day meetings will enable peer conversations with other grantees on the progress of their grant projects. All meeting expenses will be funded by the Wabash Center in addition to the grant funding.

Submitting a Grant Proposal
Application Deadline: March 1, 2017

A Wabash Center grant proposal consists of three parts.
     1. Grant Application Form
     2. Project Proposal (including budget)
     3. Institutional Letter of Support (as described below)

 Click to Apply

Part 1: Grant Application Form
The form requests information necessary for processing your proposal (including contact information, grant project dates, amount of the grant, and 150 word proposal abstract).

This form requires contact information for:
     - The Project Directors (who are writing the project proposal, will oversee the administration of the grant, and who will be responsible for providing the narrative reports for the grant). SIGNATURES REQUIRED.
     - The Financial Contact (the person responsible for receiving the check and providing financial reports of expenditures for the institution). This should be a different person than the project director.
     - The Authorization Contact (the person authorized to sign grant requests for the institution). SIGNATURE REQUIRED.

Type of Grant: Select “Doctoral Program Grant”

We encourage you to fill this form out and submit it online.
You will be prompted to attach the required documents to this online form, including a signed copy of the form itself, the Project Proposal, and the signed Letter of Institutional Support. 

Part 2: Project Proposal
The grant proposal should be no more than 8 single-spaced pages and should include the following elements:

1. Title of Proposed Project

2. Brief Description of Problem or Need
What in your current context points you to this work? What pedagogical challenges would you like to address? How will this work enable doctoral students to explore specific teaching and learning issues?

3. Project Objectives
List the objectives of this project. What do you hope to accomplish or learn? Where do you want to be in 2 to 3 years?

4. Description of Activities
What is the work that you propose for this grant project? What activities will be planned and carried out? How will these meet the needs of your context and help you explore the challenges?

5. Evaluative Strategies
How, when, and who will provide the midway and final assessment? How will you know if the grant activities are effective or whether the project should be revised? When the project is complete, how will you know that your objectives have been met?

6. Institutional Support
What internal resources will be necessary for the success of the project? Who within the institution supports this work? What is the extent of the faculty buy-in? Have doctoral students expressed interest in what you are proposing?

7. Project Timeline
Now that you have defined your project’s objectives, the activities, and the assessment process you will implement to achieve these objectives, please indicate the sequence in which these will unfold and the persons involved in their execution.

Date(s) Activity/Assessment Personnel

8. Budget and Budget Narrative
What is the projected budget required to accomplish your project? All budget lines should be linked to activities and assessment processes described above and, if a multi-year grant, should be projected according to fiscal years.

Check with your institutional financial office to see how expenses can be allocated. In addition to a a line-item budget, please provide a Budget Narrative.

How to Construct a Line Item Budget

How to Construct a Budget Narrative

 Wabash Center Grant Budget Guidelines (pdf)

9. Products and Outcomes
What do you anticipate will be the results and outcomes of your project? What will be the effect on your institution, program, or people? With whom and how will you share what you have learned?

Prepare the Project Proposal document separately and either attach it to the online Grant Application Form, or enclose a printed version of the document if applying by mail.

Total length of the Project Proposal should be no more than 8 pages. Please number the pages of your project proposal.

Part 3: Institutional Letter Of Support
This letter should be written by the appropriate dean, president, principal, departmental chair, or provost in order to demonstrate the institutional rationale and support for the project. If the dean or the president will be the project director, the recommendation letter should be written by someone else in the institution to show wider institutional support. The letter should also speak to how the work will be sustained after the completion of the grant.

The letter must be signed on institutional letterhead. It can be scanned and attached to the online application form.

Grant Coaching and Further Information
We understand our grants program as a part of our overall teaching and learning mission. We are interested in not only awarding grants to excellent proposals, but also in enabling faculty members to develop and hone their skills as grant writers. Therefore we offer grant coaching for all faculty interested in submitting a Wabash Center Project Grant proposal.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2017

Mary T. Stimming, PhD
Associate Director for Special Programs
Wabash Center
Wabash Center 301 W. Wabash Avenue Crawfordsville, Indiana 47933 wabashcenter@wabash.edu
(765)361-6047 phone (800) 655-7117 toll-free (765)361-6051 fax

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