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CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS  POLICY AND PROCEDURE

 

Approved: 2/12/2010

 

 

1. PURPOSE OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS (PDGs)

 

1.1   To support the capacity of faculty of the Center for Human Rights and Democracy (CHRD) and students sponsored by those faculty to produce scholarly or creative products examining the intersection of human rights and democracy. Funds may include travel (airfare, lodging, food, visas, conference registration), research materials, artistic supplies, graduate research assistance, service provisions (such as translation), publishing licenses, duplication services, computer software or hardware. These expenses should directly support the outcome of the project.

 

1.2   The outcome of a project sponsored with a PDG could be a grant application, a conference presentation, a published journal article, a published book, a public exhibition, screening or performance of a work of art, film or play. Supported projects that are disseminated and reviewed or juried by peers are encouraged from all disciplines.

 

1.3   FDG awards are limited to a maximum of $1000 per faculty member. Student Awards are limited to $300; a maximum of 2 student awards per year will be funded.

 

2. RESTRICTIONS

 

2.1 FDG funds cannot be used for the purchase of alcoholic beverages, or food except for approved travel.

 

3. ELIGIBILITY

3.1 Applicants must be active members of CHRD. An active member is a faculty member who attends quarterly meetings and participates in Center activities on at least an occasional basis. Applicants should be familiar with the mission of the CHRD, and its annual objectives.

 

3.2 Student applicants must be sponsored by an active member of CHRD, as defined above.

3.3 Applicants agree to give written credit by naming CHRD as a fiscal sponsor in an appropriate part of the funded research or creative project.

 

4. CRITERIA

 

      4.1 New areas of research or creative production that will develop the broad understanding

       of the study of human rights and democracy are encouraged.

 

4.2 An applicant(s) who hold a leadership role in the project, for example, as a lead or

 presenting author or artist will be given preference.

4.3 Likelihood of dissemination is strongly considered.

 

4.4 Projects involving collaboration of two or more faculty affiliates of the Center are encouraged.

 

5. ALLOCATION OF FUNDS

 

5.1 The CHRD director(s) will determine an allocation total for FDGs for each fiscal year.

5.2 The exact number of funded applications depend on the amounts requested by each application and the amount of funds allocated that year.

 

6. EVALUATION PROCEDURES

 

6.1 The FDG Committee is elected by the CHRD membership during the first meeting of each academic year. The committee consists of at least three members. One member is designated as the Chair of the committee.

6.2 Every Fall and Spring semester, the committee will receive applications on or about the midpoint of either semester.  Approximate deadline dates are October 15 for Fall and March 1 for Spring. The precise deadline will be advertised on the CHRD website, and announced at each meeting leading up to the deadline.

6.3 The committee will meet within 2 weeks after the deadline, and the announcement of the recipients will be 3-4 weeks after the deadline.

6.4 The committee will evaluate each application for its adherence to application guidelines, its contribution to the mission and annual goals of CHRD, and its probability of a disseminated outcome for research and creative production projects.

6.5 The committee may determine that funds will sponsor any part of the application it chooses, but not necessarily all of the budget items.

 

7. APPLICATION PROCEDURES

 

7.1 FDG applicants should submit an application form by e-mail to each member of the award committee. The emails of each committee member will be posted on the CHRD website.

7.2 The submission should occur on or before the announced deadline of each semester.

7.3 Applications received after the deadline will be considered only if funding allocated for that semester is available. Applications received after a deadline may be considered during the subsequent deadline.

7.4 Applicants needing support for research or creative production activity occurring between deadlines should apply for the FDG at the deadline nearest to the date of need.

7.5 Applicants may apply for expenses already incurred, but these will be considered only if funds are available, and all uninitiated projects have been reviewed. A reimbursement use of a FDG must comply with the rules of reimbursement required by the accounting department of the university.

7.6 Each application should include the following information:

 

1.      The heading “APPLICATION FOR FACULTY DEVELOPMENT GRANT FROM THE CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY”

2.      Date

3.      Title of Project

4.      Name(s) and Faculty Title (s)

5.      Department(s)

6.      Contact information for lead investigator, including e-mail and campus phone:

7.      Statement of Purpose (max. 400 words). If for conference travel, indicate name, date, and location of conference.

8.      Brief explanation of how the research or creative production aligns with mission and annual goals of CHRD (max 1 paragraph)

9.      Detailed Budget (only for the amount of the grant). Be sure to separate personnel, supplies, services, and travel expenses.

10. Other sources of funding requested (e.g., departmental professional development funds, etc.)

                       History of previous FDG grants. Indicate award date and completed outcome:

                       For student proposals: A letter from a faculty member of CHRD endorsing his/her

                       sponsorship of the proposal.

                       (Optional) Additional support documents (not to exceed 5 pages)