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DePauw Funding

DePauw maintains funding for students to pursue research, scholarly and creative projects.

Funding Sources

Asher Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity
Faculty Development Committee
Departmental and Program Funding

Funding from the Asher Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity

Due to the generosity of alumni and donors, we are able to support a variety of scholarly and creative activity. Dr. Asher has supported funding for work across the disciplines. The family of Douglas B. White has supported travel to the Pacific Rim, India and Africa, while the family of Frank W. Howes has supported incorporating travel away from campus. Through the Student Research & Artistic Grant, students are also eligible to apply for funding to present their out-of-class research activities at professional conferences.

Application for Funding to Conduct Research
This application is for faculty and students that meet the criteria for the Asher-Humanities, Asher-Social Sciences, Douglas B. White and Howes funds as described below.

Funding eligibility:

  • Faculty are eligible for funding from the endowed Asher funds.

  • Returning students are eligible for the endowed Asher funds, the Douglas B. White Grant and Howes Grant.

J. William Asher and Anne F. Harris Endowed Fund in the Humanities
The J. William Asher and Anne F. Harris Endowed Fund in the Humanities supports research and scholarly efforts in the areas of art, art history, classical studies, communication/theatre, English, film studies, history, modern languages, philosophy, and religious studies.

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

Douglas B. White Memorial Travel Grant
The Douglas B. White Memorial Travel Grant is designated for students pursuing projects in the Asian Pacific Rim, Africa, or South Asia.

Frank W. Howes Student Summer Grant
The Frank W. Howes Student Summer Grant fund supports students carrying out off-campus undergraduate research projects during the summer. Travel away from campus must be essential for the research to take place.

Student Research & Artistic Grant
Current Students, All Disciplines

The Student Research & Artistic Grant encourages student research, artistic projects and professional activities that are not related to a specific course. Funds may be used to pay for expenses such as travel to libraries, archives, and art galleries; costs of photocopying; and purchase of supplies or equipment that are not funded by departments.

Faculty Development Funding

Student-Faculty Summer Research Grant
Current Students/Faculty Members, All Disciplines

The Student-Faculty Summer Research Grant is the most common vehicle for summer research collaborations between students and faculty members at DePauw. During summer 2013, this grant funded projects conducted by 27 faculty members and 60 students in 14 different departments.

Departmental & Program Funding

J. William and Katherine C. Asher Endowed Research Fund for Psychological Science
Current Students/Faculty Members, Psychology and Related Fields

The Asher Fund has supported numerous research projects, including original research for student/faculty collaborations in the senior capstone, summer research experiences, and independent research projects on Winter Term and during the regular academic year. The Asher Fund has also provided support for faculty research on sabbatical and pre-tenure leaves, aided students and faculty alike to present original research at regional, national, and international conferences, allowed for the purchase of laboratory equipment and computers, and even contributed support to DePauw students engaged in off-site research.

Efroymson Summer Fellowship
Sophomores & Juniors, Art and Art History

A summer off-campus travel fellowship made available through the Efroymson Family Fund and the Department of Art and Art History. This fellowship is intended to allow and encourage studio art and art history students to take advantage of off-campus opportunities that will have a transformative impact, not only on the rest of the student’s undergraduate career but also on his or her professional or academic career after graduation from DePauw.

Douglas and Mary Hallward-Driemeier Fund for the Honor Scholar Program
Current Students/Faculty Members, Honor Scholar Program

The Hallward-Driemeier Fund is a generous gift from 1989 Honor Scholar distinguished alumnus Douglas Hallward-Driemeier and Mary Hallward-Driemeier, and is designed to support “…the Honor Scholar Program with an emphasis on funding student-faculty collaboration and research…and making possible other experiences that cultivate the virtues of intellectual courage and leadership among Honor Scholars.” (from gift agreement)

The Margaret Gilmore Library Science Scholarship
Senior & Alumni

The Margaret Gilmore Library Science Scholarship is a one year scholarship awarded to a DePauw alumna (or a graduating woman) who is planning a career in library and information science. The successful applicant will be awarded the scholarship for graduate study in an accredited graduate library school. The deadline for application is
April 7, 2018 for the coming academic year. 

Guidelines from the will of Margaret Gilmore state that applicants are to be “selected on the basis of personality, character, and scholastic ability,” and that, “each recipient is to make her own choice of Graduate School.”

Please direct any question to Meghan Tipton (, x4434). You may apply for the scholarship by sending a letter of application, a resume and two letters of reference to:
     Rick Provine
     Dean of Libraries
     Roy O. West Library