Faculty Scholarship Initiative (FSI) Guidelines

The Office of Research is pleased to announce the Faculty Scholarship Initiative (FSI) Program. The goal of the FSI Program is to invest in a diversified portfolio of graduate faculty scholarship, creative activity, and research in fields that are disadvantaged in terms of external funding.


See general eligibility guidelines

Award Terms and Conditions

The award period is 12 months and begins on June 1 following award notification. All unexpended grant funds at the end of the award period will revert to the Office of Research. A one-time no-cost extension of no longer than six months may be approved only in exceptional cases, and must be requested no later than one month prior to the end date of the award. See the general award terms and conditions for additional requirements.

Reporting Requirements

See general reporting requirements

Allowable Expenditures

See general guidelines

Proposal Preparation Guidelines

Proposals should be written in language that can be understood by non-specialists. Proposals should be written with 12-point font on letter-sized paper with one-inch margins, should consist of a single PDF, and should include the following sections.

  • Cover Page: The cover page template is available here.
  • Page 2: Write one page that summarizes your proposed project, explains its significance and originality, and explains why the project is disadvantaged in terms of external funding.
  • Page 3: Write one page that outlines your qualifications for the proposed project, and that discusses how the project fits into your ongoing scholarship.
  • Page 4: Write one page that describes and justifies your budget. FSI grants are limited to a maximum of $7,500.
  • Page 5: Write one page that discusses the possible venues for your work, such as book publishers, conference or journal articles, performances or exhibitions, or others.
  • Page 6: Provide one page of bibliographic references.
  • Page 7 (if applicable): Write one page that describes the results from your most recent FRD or FSI award.
  • Curriculum Vitae: Include an abbreviated CV (maximum two pages) for each project participant, which includes the most significant achievements of the last five years.


See general guidelines

Address questions to Joy Yard, 687-9364,, or Dan Simon, 687-5171,

Click here for a PDF of the evaluation form.