2022 Summer Research and Creative Activities Fellowship

The College of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, and Education invites proposals for the 2022 Summer Research and Creative Activities Fellowships.

$4,000 awards will be dispersed to five CHASSE faculty members to support their research in Summer 2022.

CHASSE faculty who will be employed full-time in Fall 2022 are eligible to apply. Funding recommendations will be made by the CHASSE Awards and Scholarships Committee; an evaluation rubric is included below.

Award funds will be dispersed in direct payments to selected faculty members. Successful applicants will provide the Dean’s office with a follow-up report, as well as make themselves available for a public presentation of the results of the project in the Fall 2022 semester.

Applications should be written in language understandable by non-specialists (please avoid disciplinary jargon). The format and length requirements for applications are as follows:

Cover Letter (250 words maximum)

Project Abstract (150 words maximum)

Project Overview (1,000 words maximum). Please explain:

The fundamental problem or question the project addresses
The final form the work will take (are you writing an article, recording a performance, etc?)
The methodology or approach to the problem/question
The project’s stage of completion (is this a new project, near publication, etc?) and its long-term prospects
The value this project brings to the faculty member’s career trajectory and to the college

A brief justification of how the award money will support the faculty member’s research or creative activity. You may include a projected budget or you may describe how the awarded funds will allow the faculty member the time and/or space needed to work.

Additional Items to include

Summary curriculum vitae, including relevant professional activities. (One-page maximum)

If the project involves human subject research, a copy of your IRB protocol. An approved IRP protocol will be required before funds can be dispersed (although projects can be selected before IRB approval has been obtained).

If applicable, include information about matching funding from other sources.

If applicable, include disclosure of financial interests in the project (e.g., if this is part of an ongoing grant, being paid for associated work, etc.)

Optional: Please include a reflection on how this project connects to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (150 words maximum). These reflections will help inform ongoing conversations in the college related to DEIB.


Faculty submit applications online by April 8, 2022

Funding award winners notified by April 22, 2022

Funds will be distributed to faculty in two payments: June 15, 2022, and July 15, 2022

Recipients’ follow-up reports are due in the Dean’s office on October 1, 2022

Submit your Proposal by uploading a pdf here: https://forms.gle/oBc28FpYaidctTvX8

Contact Jana McAuliffe (chair, CHASE Awards Committee) with any questions or issues at jxmcauliffe@ualr.edu

2022 CHASSE Research and Creative Endeavors Fellowship Proposal Evaluation Rubric

Evaluation Criteria

3 = Complete, accurate and exceeds minimal level of detail, clarity, and logic; demonstrates all of the following: clear, organized, logical, contains sufficient detail to support statements.

2 = Complete, accurate, and meets minimal acceptable level of detail, clarity, and logic; only minor instances of any of the following: unclear, disorganized, does not contain sufficient detail to support statements.

1 = Complete, but below minimal acceptable level of detail, clarity, and logic; multiple or major instances of any of the following: unclear, disorganized, does not contain sufficient detail to support statements, contains inaccurate statements.

0 = Missing or incomplete.


0-3 points

The application is complete (contains all parts), clear, and organized

The proposal clearly describes the project and the importance of undertaking it to address the problem or phenomenon of interest

The objectives/aims/purposes are realistic and feasible given the proposed time frame and award amount.

The long-term prospects of the project are clearly identified. This includes but is not limited to future funding lines, scholarly products (e.g., published papers; books), and/or public displays/performances.

The contribution of this project to the applicant’s scholarly/artistic career and value for the college is explained

There is a clear justification of how/why the funds will support the faculty member’s research.

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