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Arts and Sciences Deans’ Faculty Challenge Grants

The Conference of Arts and Sciences Deans (CASD) is pleased to invite proposals for the annual 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.

At this time, we are accepting applications for activities to take place during the 2021-2022 academic year. Awarded funds must be expended by June 30, 2022. 

The deadline to apply is May 3, 2021. All A&S full-time faculty are encouraged to apply. Award announcements will be made in July after the 2021-2022 University budgets are available. 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, health and social justice programs, and initiatives that support the student experience. If your request stems from operational budget reductions in FY2022, your proposal should detail the impact of those reductions to your project.

The Deans encourage A&S faculty to submit proposals that range in size and scope, cross campuses, departments, and disciplines. 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 guiding priorities:

  • Strategically Focused Research
  • The Inspiration and Challenge of New York City
  • A Global Perspective
  • A Diverse and Inclusive Community
  • A Strategic and Agile Institution

Proposals must align with the University’s Strategic Framework, the action plan to combat systemic racism, and/or the updated strategic plan, Educating for Justice. 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: May 3, 2021