2024 Summer Research and Creative Activities Fellowship

The College of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, and Education invites proposals for the 2024 Summer Research and Creative Activities Fellowships.

Up to $4,000 will be awarded to CHASSE faculty members to support their research in Summer 2024.

CHASSE faculty who will be employed full time in Fall 2024 are eligible to apply. Funding recommendations will be made by the CHASSE Research, Creative Works, and Awards Committee.

Award funds will be dispersed in direct payments to selected faculty members. Successful applicants will provide the Dean’s office with a final report and give a public presentation about the project during the Fall 2024 semester. Last year’s public presentation consisted of a college-wide Lunch and Learn with a Q&A that had over 30 attendees.

Application Requirements

Applications should be written in language understandable by non-specialists; please avoid disciplinary jargon. All application materials should be included in a single PDF.

  1. Cover Letter (250 words maximum)
  2. Project Abstract (150 words maximum)
  3. Project Overview (1,000 words maximum)
  4. Summary curriculum vitae, including relevant professional activities (one page maximum)
  5. If the project involves human subject research, a copy of your IRB protocol (An approved IRB protocol will be required before funds will be dispersed, although projects can be selected before IRB approval has been obtained.)

In your project overview, abstract, and cover letter, 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, including a total requested amount (You may include a projected budget or you may simply describe how the awarded funds will allow you to complete your work)
  • If applicable, information about matching funding from other sources
  • If applicable, disclosure of financial interests in the project (e.g., if this is part of an ongoing grant, being paid for associated work, etc.)


  • Faculty submit applications online by April 5, 2024
  • Funding award winners are notified by April 19, 2024
  • Funds are distributed to faculty in two payments, on June 14, 2024 and July 15, 2024
  • Recipients’ follow-up reports are due in the Dean’s office by September 27, 2024

Submit your proposal as a single PDF here: https://forms.gle/H92ZY7RPZfLR2e8K8

Contact Joe Williams (jjwilliams@ualr.edu), the chair of the CHASSE RCWA committee, with any questions.

Proposal Evaluation

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • The importance of undertaking the project to address the problem or phenomenon of interest
  • The feasibility of the project objectives given the proposed time frame and award amount
  • The long-term prospects of the project. This includes but is not limited to future funding and scholarly products (e.g., published papers, books, or public exhibits/performances)
  • The contribution of the project to the applicant’s scholarly/artistic career and its value to the college’s mission
  • The justification for how the funds will support the faculty member’s research

Preference will be given to faculty who have not received this award in the last three years.

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