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Research/Creative Activity and Innovations in Curriculum and Student Success


To provide living costs for faculty who intend to devote an entire summer to intensive research, broadly defined to include the scholarship of discovery, integration, application and teaching (developing new curricula components or courses, or projects that create, adapt, and disseminate new learning materials and teaching strategies that reflect advances both in our disciplines and in what is known about teaching and learning).


Summer Faculty Fellowships for Research or Creative Activity are limited to continuing tenure-track and tenured faculty. Summer Faculty Fellowships for Innovations in Curriculum and Student Success are limited to continuing fulltime tenure-track faculty, tenured faculty, clinical faculty, and lecturers.     

Limit of Support

The award is for $11,000.00.

Filing Deadline

The Filing Deadline is in October. Please see Deadlines in the Guidelines/Application for current dates. Please keep a copy of your application on file for personal use.


Summer (approximately three months).

Special Restrictions

The grant (1) may not be awarded to any faculty member who has not completed all of the requirements for the terminal degree in her or his particular discipline; (2) recipients must not hold any other service-rendering appointments at any time throughout the summer; (3) recipients must continue at Indiana University through the following academic year; (4) any application involving the use of human subjects must be accompanied by evidence that it has been approved by the IU Northwest Human Subjects Committee. Without such approval and in the absence of unusual extenuating circumstances, an application will not be considered; and (5) any applications involving the use of animals must be accompanied by evidence that it has been approved by the Northwest Animal Reserve Committee.

Type of Support

Paid directly to the faculty member as a fellowship and subject to taxation as provided by current Internal Revenue Service regulations and United States law.


All faculty members who receive an award must file a brief informative report with the Academic Affairs Office upon completion of their project (or fellowship). If the work is not completed by the end of the Fall semester following the receipt of the grant (or fellowship), a progress report must be submitted. A final report should be submitted when the project is completed. Failure to submit these reports will cause a faculty member to be ineligible for all categories of IU Northwest support for research and teaching development.

Letter of Support

Applicants are encouraged to include at least one outside letter of recommendation. Letters should be addressed to the Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Award Notice

A letter from the Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is sent in December.

Special Note

This project should be described in enough detail to adequately justify the requested fellowship. Care should be taken in filling out the application. The Grants and Research Development Committee is particularly concerned with the methodology of the research. The faculty member is advised to be thorough in preparing the application adding supplementary materials where considered relevant. Be specific and try to write with an educated lay reader in mind. Avoid language which tends to reflect a specialized discipline.

Form Route

An application for a Summer Faculty Fellowship should be sent to the department chairperson (where appropriate) and then to the unit head for recommendation. From there it is sent to the Academic Affairs Office (original) where it is evaluated by the Grants and Research Development Committee. The Committee reserves the right to review, evaluate, and revise all grant requests originating on the IU Northwest campus. The grant application is then forwarded to the Academic Affairs Office with the Committee's recommendation.

Additional Grant Program Information

Contact the Office of Academic Affairs

Lindenwood 329

Phone: (219) 980-7220