The Wabash Center is committed to encouraging faculty members to develop lives of scholarship that integrate their research and teaching. The Pre-Tenure Workshop Summer Fellowship and Grant Program extends this commitment through awarding a fellowship or grant of $5,000 to workshop participants for five weeks of full-time work on a project that cross-fertilizes the faculty member’s teaching and research interests.
Acceptable project proposals will demonstrate how the proposed five weeks of focused activity will engage both an aspect of the faculty member’s active teaching load and their ongoing discipline of research. This could be in an emerging area of interest or one that is connected to the faculty member’s prior dissertation work.
Pre-Tenure workshop participants will learn more about the Workshop Summer Fellowship and Grant Program and can test various project ideas during the first summer and winter sessions. Approved Fellowships and Grants will be dispensed June 1 of the second summer of the workshop. Workshop participants are required to attend all three sessions of the workshop as a pre-condition of the award.
Participants may apply for either a Fellowship or a Grant.
FELLOWSHIPS are awarded in the form of a $5,000 check directly to the workshop participants.
GRANTS are awarded to the participants' school. A grant proposal must include an itemized budget of expenses. The Cover Sheet should indicate the workshop participant, as the Project Director, and must also provide contact information for the school's Financial Contact (the person responsible for receiving the check and providing financial reports of expenditures for the institution), and the school's Authorization Contact (the person authorized to sign grant requests for the institution - SIGNATURE REQUIRED).
Summer Fellowship Conditions
Summer Grant Conditions
Applications are due March 17 of the second year of the workshop.
Applications will include the following items:
1. Application Cover Sheet (accessed through the "Apply Online" link, below)
2. Project Proposal
3. Letter of support from your dean, principal, rector, or department chair. Include the letter with the completed proposal whether submitting online or by mail; there is no expectation of confidentiality.
a. Project description (250 words maximum)
Describe your project. Tell us what you hope to accomplish during the 5 weeks of your fellowship. How will this project intersect with your teaching and research or how will it link the two?
b. Rationale (500 words maximum)
Describe your reasons for doing this project. What is it you would like to know? What drives you to do this project? What question/problem/issue are you seeking to address? How will this project help you bridge your “graduate school self” and your teaching persona?
c. Evaluation Plan (250 words)
Describe how you will be evaluating your project. How will you know if you are successful? How will you know if you need to make adjustments to your project? The evaluation plan needs to include: 1) a method for ongoing, critical reflection and assessment of your work (you might consider keeping a journal or working with a colleague to provide reflection on your work); 2) a description of indicators that will help you discern whether a revision of your plan of work is necessary; and 3) a set of outcomes or markers that will help you know if you accomplished what you set out to do.
d. Timeline of project activities (½ page)
Provide a brief timeline of your proposed activities. Sketch the steps involved in your work – including the time, place, and persons involved during the five weeks of the fellowship period.
e. Full-time work statement(100 words maximum)
Explain the arrangements you have made with your institution to be able to work on your project full-time during the designated weeks of the Fellowship or Grant project.
f. Additional Requirement for Summer GRANT Proposals.
Itemized budget of expenses with budget narrative (approximately 1 page or less)
Provide an itemized list of the anticipated costs for carrying out the project (travel, resources, fees for services, etc.), followed by a budget narrative that provides brief explanations of how you arrived at the budget amounts. Make sure the budget is aligned with the outline of activities; there should not be costs listed that do not correspond to activities in the timeline. It is permissible to list a stipend as one of the grant expenses, but the budget narrative must make the case for why this expense is necessary and why the specific amount was chosen.
The letter should confirm:
- Your release from all institutional commitments during the fellowship period
- Your project’s contribution toward institutional requirements for promotion
- Your current standing in your institution's review process
Apply Online - Application Cover Sheet
Login using the same email address as for your original workshop application.
Then click on the red button for Summer Fellowship/Grant
Fellowships - complete the online Application Cover Sheet and attach your proposal and support letter online.
Grants - complete the online Application Cover Sheet, print it, have it signed, and attach it as a document to your online application.
For technical assistance:
She Wren firstname.lastname@example.org
A final (5 page) report on what you accomplished is due by September 15 of the final summer. The report should have these elements:
- Description of what you actually did during the five weeks of release time
- Evaluation of your success at meeting the goals by revisiting your project goals and evaluation plan
- Critical Reflection on your experience of the project. What have you learned about integrating teaching and research? What about the work can be a part of your sustained life as a teacher/scholar?
- Appendix of pertinent materials produced (such as a re-worked syllabus, teaching session, reflective journal, or article; 10 pages maximum);
- GRANT reports must provide a Final Financial Report from your institution's financial officer (as described in the Grant Agreement) with an explanation from you if the financial report varies significantly from the proposed budget.
We encourage electronic submission of the Final Report as well as any accompanying materials by email attachment.
Funding Process and Revisions
Once your proposal is submitted and approved, a contract will be sent outlining the terms of agreement between you and the Wabash Center. A check for the full amount of the fellowship will be sent after June 1 of the second summer if all paperwork has been received. You may make minor changes in the project without consulting the Wabash Center; however, any significant change must be approved in advance. Please submit a letter or email that describes and justifies the change so it can be determined whether it falls within the approved intent of the fellowship or grant.
The Wabash Center does not withhold taxes from fellowship awards. You will receive an IRS form 1099 from Wabash College at the end of the year for the fellowship amount.