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Arts and Sciences Deans’ Faculty Challenge Grants

The Conference of Arts and Sciences Deans (CASD) is pleased to open a second call for proposals for the A&S Deans’ Faculty Challenge Grant. This funding initiative combines the semi-annual A&S Deans’ Call and the FCLC/FCRH Challenge Grants and is collaboratively funded by the Mellon Endowment, the George Ames Endowment, and Deans’ operational dollars.

The pilot for the Faculty Challenge Grant was initiated in 2019-2020 and planned for one call for proposals per year announced during the spring semester. Because the first Call was launched at the start of the Coronavirus pandemic and because the funding prioritized the development of hybrid and highly-flexible pedagogical approaches, CASD has added this second (and last) call for AY 2020-2021. The Faculty Challenge Grant will return to the parameters established for the pilot in the coming years with one call for proposals per year. Therefore, if funding allows, we will issue a call in spring 2021 for AY 2021-2022.

At this time, we are accepting applications for activities to take place in spring 2021. Proposals for summer 2021 will also be considered on a limited basis. All awarded funds must be expended by June 30. 

The deadline to apply is December 1, 2020. All A&S full-time faculty are encouraged to apply. Award announcements will be made in mid-January. We look forward to project proposals that enhance the academic reputation of Fordham, improve the student experience, and/or engage with local, national, or global communities. Priority will be given to projects that focus on anti-racist curricula and pedagogy in A&S, especially any pilot projects that require start-up work that could be completed in spring 2021.

The Deans encourage A&S faculty to submit proposals that range in size and scope, cross campuses, departments, and disciplines. As always, proposals are strengthened by demonstrated financial support of other departments or offices within or beyond the University, but we understand that this may be a challenge in our current fiscal climate. Support from the Deans for any particular project may range from, approximately, $500 to $10,000.  

Proposals must serve to advance one or more CUSP goals:

  • Teaching and Learning Infused with Ethics and Justice
  • Strategically Focused Research
  • The Inspiration and Challenge of New York City
  • A Global Perspective
  • A Diverse and Inclusive Community
  • A Strategic and Agile Institution

In addition, funded activities must meet the goals articulated by the Mellon Foundation and/or the George Ames Endowments when they were first set up. The Mellon Endowment was given “to strengthen the liberal arts curriculum and faculty,” and “to increase the appeal, influence, and effectiveness of their program in the liberal arts for an essentially career-minded student body.” The George Ames Endowment supports junior faculty who are working/carrying out programming, research, etc., in support of graduate students.

We encourage proposals that intentionally involve undergraduate and/or graduate students in planning and implementation. If you will be identifying specific students, itemize this support in the budget form provided. Please consult the Faculty Challenge Grant Financial Guidelines for more information and contact Vickie Kenny (vkenny1@fordham) with questions
Apply here: A&S Deans' Faculty Challenge Grant Application
Resource: Budget Form
Deadline to apply: December 1, 2020