Small Grant Program

The RCHSS Small Grant Program provides financial assistance to faculty with promising research agenda who might have difficulty accessing funds from other sources.  This includes project common among humanities disciplines, but are not limited thereto.  Preference will be given to proposals from faculty have limited alternatives sources of funding and to proposals that have co-funding financial support from their department or school.


  • Eligibility: RCHSS full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty
  • Funding: Up to $2,000
  • Focus: Funding for research and creative activities not generally supported by extramural sources.
  • Deadline: October 31 (Fall) & January 15 (Spring)


  • Applicants must be tenured or tenure-track faculty member in RCHSS, with preference given to assistant and associate professors.
  • Preference will be given to faculty who have not recently received an RCHSS Small Grant award.  
  • Applications may be individual or collaborative projects.  Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with faculty from outside RCHSS, but only RCHSS faculty can receive funding.
  • There is a limit of one (1) award per fiscal year

Allowable Expenses And Limitations

  • Allowable expenses include inter alia travel to undertake research (e.g., libraries, archives, archeological sites); equipment and supplies that are necessary to carry out the proposed research or creative project including software, texts, digital records and data, lab materials, cameras and recording devices; acquisition of library materials; project-related research, creative, or technical assistance.
  • Funds may be used to hire a GRA to support research efforts.
  • Funds cannot be used for salary support, to offload teaching, or to fund conference travel.

NOTE: Funds must be expensed during the fiscal year in which they are awarded and must adhere to RCHSS year-end purchasing deadlines.

Application Procedure

The application should be composed in an MS-Word compatible format using 12-point fonts and 1” margins.  Text should be double-spaced.

  1. Cover Page & Abstract: Project title, faculty name, department/school, and contact information. 
  2. Abstract (250 words max): Describe the primary objectives of the research project or creative activity, the significance of the project/activity, and key deliverables.
  3. Project Narrative (2 pages max): The narrative should include the following in clearly identifiable sections.
    1. Research Question/Project Objective:  Highlight the significance of the project both for scholars within your discipline as well as for a broad audience of social scientists and humanists.  Explain clearly why your project is important, original, or otherwise significant.
    2. Methods/Approach:  Be specific in how you will carry out your project. Avoiding unnecessary jargon, describe not only the research design or conceptual framework, but also the concrete activities to be undertaken (e.g., fieldwork, archival research, data collection and analysis, etc).
    3. Expected Outcomes: Describe project deliverables.  Explain how the project contributes to a research program that can be expected to generate scholarship beyond the period of the award.
  4. Budget with Justification (1 page): Explain how funds will be used.  Explain how travel funds are necessary to meet project objectives and will be used to conduct the project.  List major equipment and materials to be purchased and describe how they are necessary to carry out the proposed project. The justification should explain project-related co-funding provided by department, school, or other resource.
  5. CV or Biographical Sketch(es) (2 pages @): Applicants are encouraged to follow NSF or NIH format.  A one-page summary of other key personnel may also be included (if applicable).
  • Semester
  • Fall
    October 31
  • Spring
    January 15


NOTE: Awards will be made on a rolling basis and will be offered until the available funding has been exhausted.

*Link not working? Materials should be submitted via email to  The email subject line should read “RCHSS Small Grant Proposal."


Primary consideration will be given to whether the project promises to make a significant contribution to the scholarly literature or other relevant body of work in the humanities or social sciences.  The most successful proposals articulate the work for a broad interdisciplinary audience and will provide the context for the importance and impact of the proposed project. Consideration will also be given to the degree to which the project can be expected to lead directly to additional research publications or other scholarly outputs. 

Award Expectations

  • Funded investigators commit to present their research at a seminar, workshop, or other event, if requested.
  • Funded investigators agree to have research summarized in an RCHSS publication, if requested.
  • Funded investigators agree to participate in follow-on activities such as efforts to support future awardees, if requested.
  • Projects must be completed by June 30, 2023.  Extensions cannot be granted.
  • Funded investigators commit to acknowledge RCHSS support in any papers and publication ensuing from the research.
  • Funded investigators commit to providing copies of articles, chapters, or other scholarly outputs supported by the award, including any publicity materials, press clippings, or reviews.

Final Reporting Requirements

A completion report is due to the RCHSS within 30 days of the project end-date.  Please email to

  • The report shall include evidence of activities undertaken under the auspices of the funding.
  • The report shall also provide an accounting of expenditures.

A project cannot be “closed” until the report has been received.  An investigator with an “open” project is not eligible for additional RCHSS research funding.