Grant Opportunities

Travel Grants

Bernadette Haig at a conference

Bernadette Haig, Class of 2018, at OSA Biophotonics Congress

In an effort to support students who have had their research accepted for presentation at a professional conference, FCRH accepts requests for funding to help defray costs associated with conference attendance. Last spring, we funded 14 applications for travel around the country. Students may apply for up to $800 per academic year to reimburse their travel expenses. Please do not hesitate to email Dean Annunziato for more information or to discuss specific requests.

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. All requests for travel support funding should be made in advance of the conference.

Research Grants

Fordham College at Rose Hill provides funding for students to conduct supervised research across all disciplines throughout the academic year.

Research Grants serve as a vehicle for students to become intimately engaged in the research process as they work on their own project or that of a faculty mentor. A goal of this funding is to provide students with the dedicated time to receive training in the research methods of their discipline as they work to collect and analyze data, develop an original composition, or participate in other appropriate scholarly and creative activities. With the guidance of their mentor, students are expected to learn about how their work fits in with the larger academic community as they prepare their projects for public dissemination and presentation. With the support of these mechanisms, FCRH students have presented their findings at prestigious venues around the country.

Deadlines: Applications are accepted at three points during the academic year. The spring 2018 deadline is January 22. The deadline for summer 2018 will be posted shortly. Faculty recommendations are due by the day after the deadline.

What are the required components of a grant proposal?

  • Abstract: ~250 word summary of the project
  • Project Description: Maximum of 4 pages detailing the project's statement of research (i.e. the problem), and why this question is important (scholarly significance or application)
  • Bibliography: Listing of sources that have been consulted and cited in the project description
  • Budget and Budget Justification: Itemized expenses and rationale for each one
  • Anticipated Outcomes: Statement of skills gained or professional development activities; specific anticipated conferences, journal publications, and national meetings (if relevant) should be included here as well

Common Mistakes

Because grant funding is limited, be mindful of the most common mistakes:

  • Vague discussion of project's overall objective and importance
  • If part of a faculty mentor's broader research project, vague explanation of your own personal role and objective
  • If part of a lab-based project, failure to differentiate your role and accompanying outcomes
  • Feasibility of project scope
  • Failure to write to a broad audience outside your own area of expertise
  • Application suggests limited communication between student and mentor

How will I be evaluated?

The grants committee is composed of faculty members and administrators from the humanities, social sciences, and STEM. Each member takes the following items into consideration when scoring a project:

  • Strength of student’s discussion regarding the significance of and justification for the project
  • Clarity and feasibility of research question and methodology (including the bibliography)
  • Quality of writing (uses proper grammar and citation format and writes clearly to a varied audience)
  • Clarity of student contribution to the project (committee members will not base the project's score on amount of contribution, i.e., independent vs. collaborative research, but rather the student’s ability to discuss individual responsibilities and goals)
  • Strength of faculty recommendation
  • Strength of stated outcomes

Examples of Successful Applications

Samples of Successful Projects from the Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM:

Humanities (Music, Archival Research)

Social Sciences (Psychology, Lab Based, Human Subjects)

STEM (Chemistry, Lab Studies)

 

 

Funding Details

Fall and Spring: Maximum funding is $1,500 per student project. Up to $1,000 may be used as a student stipend; the remaining $500, if requested, should be allocated towards any research costs. Alternatively, students may request the full $1,500 for materials and supplies expenses that are necessary to carry out the research project. Students do not need to conduct their research on-campus (e.g., the award could be used to travel to an archive).

Summer: Maximum funding is $3,800 per student project. Up to $2,800 may be used as a student stipend; the remaining $1,000, if requested, should be allocated towards any research costs.

During the summer, students may request on-campus housing at Rose Hill if the research project requires the student to live on campus. On-campus housing costs will be included in the grant, but do not count towards the maximum funding. No reimbursement of off-campus housing costs is permitted.

Faculty members who supervise student research during the summer receive a $1,000 stipend per student project. The faculty stipend does not count toward the maximum grant funding.

If the student intends to present a poster at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, it is acceptable to include the poster printing charges in the budget.

Am I eligible to apply?

Only FCRH students are eligible for funding, and only one grant may be awarded at a time to any given student. If students are currently receiving financial compensation or academic credit for their research, they may still apply for a research grant, however, funding can only be requested for research materials and supplies (money cannot be requested for a stipend).

Faculty Recommendation

Faculty mentors who plan to supervise FCRH grant-funded research must provide a letter of recommendation for their student of no more than 400 words by the day after the application due date. The faculty member will automatically be notified to submit a recommendation after the student submits his/her application, but letters can be submitted in advance of the student submission.

IRB Approval

All research involving human subjects is subject to review and approval by the Fordham Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB requires that both the student and faculty mentor have completed the human subject protection online training course called “CITI” (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative). CITI certificates of completion for both the student and faculty mentor must accompany submissions to the IRB in order to be reviewed. Grant recipients will be required to submit IRB approval documentation prior to initiating work. Students with questions about IRB approval and access to the online CITI course should contact the IRB Manager, Michele Kuchera, at mkuchera@fordham.edu or 718-817-0876.

Symposium Participation

All students who receive funding in Spring 2017, Summer 2017, and Fall 2017 are expected to present their research findings at the Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 11, 2018.

Equipment Purchases

Any non-disposable, reusable research equipment (including books) purchased through FCRH Undergraduate Research Grant funding must be returned to Dean Annunziato in Keating 201 upon completion of the research project. Students will be responsible for the cost of equipment not returned to the Dean's Office.

Summer Housing Information

Summer grant applicants may request on-campus housing at Rose Hill for Summer Sessions I and/or II if the student needs to be in New York in order to carry out the research project. No reimbursement of off-campus housing costs is permitted. The cost of on-campus housing should not be included in the grant budget and does not influence the review of the proposal.

Summer grant applicants who anticipate short term hotel and other travel costs should include them in the regular budget for the grant. These expenses must be well justified and the travel must be integral to the successful accomplishment of the research project.