Summer 2023 Programming

In the Spring 2021 Faculty Survey seeking feedback on how to better support your efforts to seek and obtain external funding (part of a self-study), several faculty shared that they would appreciate the College supporting them in having structured time to make progress on grants.As a first step, I would like to learn more about any goals you may have related to grant or fellowship activity this summer. Second, I would like to invite you to join others in the grants community this summer as we make progress together toward our individual goals. I invite you to take advantage of the following opportunities offered throughout the summer. Sign up here! 

~ Tess Powers, Director of Faculty Research Support

I would like to learn more about any goals you may have related to grant or fellowship activity this summer. Whether you just want to dip your toe in the process this summer, or you have larger goals, please let me know so that I can best support you.

Who: Any faculty member at any stage of the grants or fellowship process – no need to have a funder in mind. (Staff working on scholarly projects also welcome!) Please bring your laptop, headphones, water bottle, etc.

Where: Cossitt Faculty Lounge

When: The space has been reserved from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Tuesday in June. You may join on any day, no RSVPing required.

If our June pilot is successful, we will continue during Tuesdays in July (except for July 4th). Check back here for an update!


  • Come try the new coffee vending machine! (Please bring your own mug.)
  • Provided there is no grant submission emergency, I will be available for questions on grant planning and resources from 10 a.m. to noon
  • I will order lunch for anyone who plans to be there for lunch. Please RSVP to me ( by midnight the day before
  • Informal discussion among attendees regarding scholarly and creative projects (over lunch, approx. noon to 12:30)
  • Faculty and staff with similar interests and goals may wish to form SWARGS through the Crown Center to keep the momentum going

For those who are new to grant seeking, independent activities may include:

Complementary programming below provides guidance on the above activities.

During June I will be holding virtual informational working sessions each Tuesday afternoon in the 1-3 p.m. range. For several, I will share resources during the first ~15 minutes, with remaining time available for independent work related to these resources.

Where: We will meet via Zoom. Check back to this page for the links.


  • Tuesday, June 6, 1 p.m. MT - Top Priority Questionnaire – Complete a questionnaire so that I can search for funding options for you – or complete it on your own time
  • Tuesday, June 6, 2 p.m. MT – Identifying Potential Funders – Learn about the College’s Pivot grants database, as well as several other prospecting resources, then spend some time exploring funding opportunities on your own.

Strategic Activities

Proposal Development - Fellowships

  • Tuesday, June 20, 1 p.m. MT
Let's discuss how the NEH Summer Stipend Application can serve as a "bridge" to an NEH Fellowship application. A brief discussion will be followed by independent time reviewing applicable materials


Proposal Development - Grants

  • Tuesday, June 27, 1 p.m. MT

“101” level:  Elements of Every Successful Proposal (brief presentation for all disciplines, OK to bow out after!) followed by "201" level (NSF focused) detailed presentation on "The Components of a Great Research Proposal," shared with permission from April Edwards, director of Council of Independent College's Funding the Future Workshops and professor of cyber science at the United States Naval Academy

During July I will be holding virtual discussions each Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. MT.

What: Discussions based on prior reading or webinar watching

Where: We will meet via Zoom. Check back to this page for the links.

Advice for Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences

  • Tuesday, July 11, 2 p.m. MT – Discussion based on prior webinar watching:

There are four SLAC-focused Webinars on Highly Competitive Fellowships (ACLS, Ford, NEH, Guggenheim) – Prior to this session, please watch one of these webinars found on this page. Let’s discuss commonalities, take-aways and next steps

Advice for Social Science Proposals (with advice applicable to many disciplines)

  • Tuesday, July 18, 2 p.m. MT – Discussion based on prior reading:
Advice on How to Write a Grant Proposal – by Wenner-Gren Foundation President
The Art of Writing Proposals – by Social Science Research Council’s Adam Przeworski and Frank Salomon
[I will provide links to material as we get closer.]


Advice for Natural Sciences and Quantitative Social Sciences

  • Tuesday, July 25, 2 p.m. MT discussion of
What is a Grant? Joining NSF’s Culture of Communication
Can We Talk? Reaching out to Program Officers
[I will provide links to material as we get closer.]
  • Date/Time TBD: Possible encore to June session if there is interest: How to Prepare a Concept Paper and The Components of a Great Research Proposal (NSF focused)

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