Research and Scholarship
Contact Olga Sonnenburg at x6682 if you have questions or concerns related to the following grant opportunities:
The College provides support towards attendance at one conference per year for all full-time and adjunct faculty. The Dean's Office will fund a flat $1,600 toward the cost of presenting at a national conference and $750 toward the cost of attending a national conference.
Each of the three divisions has approximately $80,000 to allocate for their faculty’s research and development. Generally proposals are accepted early in the academic year for research & development activities that will take place that academic year or the following summer. All three have a deadline in the fall (usually in the beginning of Block 3).
These grants award $4,000 to full-time or adjunct faculty for the start-up or completion of a research project. Typically, about six awards are available per year. The R&D Board reviews these. Generally due in Block 6.
The Dean’s Summer Research grants are open to all regular faculty members (tenure track, adjuncts, and lecturers) and are designed to provide faculty members with time during the summer to develop, pursue, or complete scholarly projects which have the promise of leading to publication, performance, or exhibition to an audience outside the college. The $4000 funds may underwrite scholarly travel, salary for student research assistants engaged in a collaborative project with the awardee, equipment, books, or other similar expenses related directly to the research project, or may be used simply as a summer research grant to provide release time for the pursuit of the proposed project (in which case the $4000 would be taxable income). Generally due in Block 6.
This program is restricted to non-tenured, tenure-track faculty members in the first four years of their appointment. Two grants of $4,000 are awarded to underwrite scholarly travel, salary for student research assistants engaged in a collaborative project with the Mrachek Fellow, equipment, books, or other similar expenses related directly to the research project, or to be used simply as a summer research grant to provide release time for the pursuit of the proposed project (in which case the $4000 would be taxable income). The funds may be used over the summer following the conferral of the Fellowship or through the following academic year. Generally due in Block 6.
In an effort to expand support for scholarship, the Dean’s Office offers resources to faculty members interested in exploring new interests or in reviving projects postponed due to heavy college and departmental commitments. This fund supports a variety of initiatives, including per diem supplements to the standard college conference travel grants, books for reading programs, preparation for collaborative research initiatives, visits to laboratories and libraries for preliminary investigations. Generally due in Block 6.
Grants for faculty who involve students in the faculty member’s research activities and provide these students with a first-hand research experience as undergraduates. The grant pays $4,000 to the students for a ten-week commitment. Faculty mentors receive up to $500 for research expenses. Generally due in Block 6.
Asian Studies has established a research fund for Colorado College faculty who participate in a variety of Asian-related activities. Through the terms of the Gaylord Endowment for Pacific Areas Studies, the program is authorized to support projects in or about countries/regions that touch on the Pacific Ocean. These include, but are not limited to, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Generally due in late fall. Contact the program chair for more information.