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Small Grants (up to $2,500) available to all Arts and Letters regular faculty

Awards are given on a competitive basis for research travel, summer student research assistance, research materials, artistic creation, and other costs of carrying out research and creative work. Both individual and collaborative projects are eligible. Whereas the Small Research and Creative Works grant cannot be used for domestic travel for conferences, it can be used for research-related domestic and international travel. International travel for presenting at conferences is covered under the ISLA International Conference Travel Grant.

    Small Grants for Research and Creative Works cannot be used to cover:

  • Funds to upgrade Campus Workstation Program (CWP) equipment; (the Office of Research has a yearly competition for equipment purchase and replacement:;
  • Equipment (cameras, recorders, laptops/computers);
  • Travel to domestic conferences.
  • Grants do not cover salary for course buyout or summer salary for project director.
  • Graduate student support is not allowed as an expense.



  • Apply at any time (except June 1 to July 31);
  • Limited to one small grant each fiscal year (July 1  - June 30) per faculty member.


Proposal Guidelines:

Please take the Review Criteria listed below into account when constructing the proposal.

To apply, please submit a proposal with the following:

  • a letter or brief proposal (2 pages maximum);
  • an abbreviated CV (2 pages);
  • a budget with explanation of budget items.
  • In addition to the support requested from ISLA, list all other sources, the amount requested from those sources, and contact information for those sources (name, email address, phone number).

Formatting of Proposals

  • All proposals must:
  • Adhere strictly to the page limits for the specific ISLA  grant initiative;
  • Use nothing less than an 11-point font size;
  • Use a standard font that one would use for grant or fellowship applications (Arial, Times New Roman);
  • Maintain no less than .75 inch margins throughout the proposal;
  • Review Criteria:
  • Intellectual and methodological quality of the proposal;
  • Significance of the issue to be studied within the applicant's discipline and/or related disciplines;
  • Qualifications and track record (based on rank) of the applicant;
  • Likelihood that the project will be successful;
  • The prospect that the project might lead to external funding in the future.