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Arts and Sciences Deans’ Faculty Challenge Grants

The A&S Deans are combining the resources of the Mellon Endowment, the George Ames Endowment, and operational dollars to expand the Challenge Grants and the semi-annual A&S Deans’ Call, into one revised funding program: A&S Deans’ Faculty Challenge Grants.  

The expanded funding program will accept applications in May 2020 for activities planned for the following academic year (2020-21). The deadline to apply is May 30, 2020.

Priority will be given to projects that enhance the academic reputation of Fordham and/or engage with local, national, or global communities. 

***For 2020-21: proposed projects must be compatible with the realities of Fordham (and the broader realities of NYC) in the age of COVID-19. Through this call for proposals, we will also consider projects designed to support the revision of courses for 2020-2021. Team-based projects that revise multi-section courses to support hybrid and highly-flexible pedagogical approaches are of special interest for summer and fall 2020.***

The Deans encourage A&S faculty to submit proposals that range in size and scope, across campuses, departments, and disciplines. As always, proposals are strengthened by demonstrated financial support of other departments or offices within or beyond the University. 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 with Vickie Kenny about pay rates, etc. FAS may also provide limited support, during the academic year only, for event planning. 

Apply here: A&S Deans’ Faculty Challenge Grant Application
Resource: Budget Form
Deadline to apply: May 30, 2020