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J. William Asher and Dorothy A. Asher Fund in the Social Sciences

Online form.                                          Deadlines: November 1, 2017 and April 4, 2018

The J. William and Dorothy A. Asher Fund in the Social Sciences supports research and scholarly efforts in the social sciences.  Recognizing that such pursuits can occur in a variety of disciplines and programs, including Conflict Studies, Women’s Studies, Economics and Management, History, Political Science, European Studies, Latin American Studies, and other area studies, activities in these and other fields shall be eligible for support with these funds if the research includes a significant social science component.  Funding must be awarded for projects before expenses are incurred and there will be no retroactive funding.

Activities that support faculty and students, working independently or together, are eligible for award.  These activities might include but are not limited to:

  • travel to collect data;

  • travel to conference, conventions, and workshops to report research results;

  • student and faculty salaries and wages to enable research, data collection, and writing reports or publications;

  • teaching replacement for load reduction for faculty members pursuing scholarly activities (please check below for specific information about course reassigned time);

  • assistance for longer sabbaticals;

  • equipment purchase;

  • support for student, secretarial, and clerical help;

  • support for a visiting scholar.

*Eligibility for teaching load reduction for faculty: All tenure-track or tenured members of the faculty are eligible to apply each year, but they may receive only one course reassigned time in a given academic year and one award every two years. Term faculty members must have completed a successful third-year review.  Faculty members are not eligible for teaching load reduction during the same academic year as a sabbatical, pre-tenure leave, or any other award that has reassigned time. Awards for reassigned time for a scholarly project are contingent on departmental staffing needs and approval from the VPAA.

Student Applicants:
:  Students must be in good academic standing and have no incomplete grades in regular semester courses to be eligible for funding. Seniors will not be funded for activities held after they graduate.

Sponsor Endorsement: Your faculty sponsor must send an endorsement to before your application will be reviewed. The endorsement need not be a formal recommendation letter but should briefly express the faculty member’s assessment of the project’s feasibility and merit, the student’s ability to complete the project, and the relevance of the project to the student's academic program.