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Internally-Supported Grants and Academic Leaves

Through its endowment and one-time gifts, Trinity University supports tenured and tenure-track faculty in their pursuit of excellence related to teaching, research, scholarship, and creative activity. Information on internal funding opportunities, application procedures, and eligibility are discussed below:

Faculty who seek to apply for support from external sources beyond the University can find information here or by contacting the Director of Sponsored Research.

Academic Leaves, Fellowships, and Summer Stipends


Curricular & Teaching Grant Opportunities (Internal Opportunities for Members of the Trinity Faculty)

  • **NEW** QEP Course Revision Grants of $500 are available to faculty members to support the revision of lower-division courses with a large number of first-year students.
  • Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation Grants help faculty members enhance the quality of education at Trinity by taking advantage of new technologies, new teaching methods, and new approaches to knowledge.
  • “Core Capacities” Course Grants are administered by Academic Affairs and the Collaborative to support the development and revision of courses that satisfy the following three core capacities in the Pathways Curriculum: WC (written communication); OVC (oral and visual communication); and DL (digital literacy).
  • Course Redesign Stipends are administered by Academic Affairs and the Collaborative to support faculty who develop courses that emphasize innovative pedagogical techniques to enhance learning, both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Faculty Travel Awards The Collaborative sponsors a small number of travel awards each year that enable faculty to attend teaching workshops and conferences in North America.
  • Natural Science Approaches Course Grants are administered by Academic Affairs and the Collaborative support the development of courses that (a) contribute to the Natural Sciences approach within the Pathways curriculum and (b) are intended to appeal to students who are not oriented toward the STEM disciplines. 
  • Course-Embedded Research Grants The Mellon Initiative considers proposals for $2,500 stipends from Trinity faculty members to add Course-Embedded Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) in lower division courses or to create arts and humanities labs.
  • Teaching in the First-Year Experience (FYE) a multi-section, interdisciplinary, writing intensive seminar is a signature element of the Pathways curriculum. Thanks to a grant to the University from the Mellon Foundation, faculty who teach in the FYE may receive a new course development grant and receive a stipend for participating in associated faculty development workshops. dcolthar [at] (subject: Information%20on%20Teaching%20in%20FYE) (Email Dr. Duane Coltharp, AVPAA:CFD) for more information.


Travel & Special Project Grants for Research, Teaching, and/or Creative Work

  • Support for Conference & Research Travel The University provides travel support to full-time faculty to attend professional conferences and to conduct research away from campus. Faculty members are encouraged to contact their Department Chair to learn more about the availability of resources.
  • Special Project Grants are administered by the AVPAA: BR on behalf of the VPAA to: (1) to support projects associated with a faculty member’s academic leave or summer stipend or (2) to provide, within budgetary limits, the funding of separate projects which cannot be funded within the guidelines of other institutional grant offerings. Faculty members who seek a Special Project Grant must first consult with their Department Chair to initiate a request. [Special Project Grants]
  • Faculty Development Support On behalf of the VPAA, the AVPAA: BR disburses funds to support short-term, one-time projects and opportunities for faculty development. As described in Chapter 4 of the Faculty and Staff Handbook, the funds will be used to support activities that are not provided for through the departments and/or the other available funds. These awards are considered on a rolling basis. Faculty members who seek faculty development support must first consult with their Department Chair to initiate a request.


Resources to Involve Undergraduates in Faculty Research

Trinity is at its best when undergraduate students and faculty members partner to conduct innovative and original research, scholarship, and creative activities. With their faculty mentors, Trinity students regularly co-author papers and present at national conferences. Trinity’s Summer Undergraduate Research program is administered by the Office of Experiential Learning located in the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Success (CELCS) on the second floor of Coates Student Center.