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Asher Funds Application for Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences

  • J. William Asher and Dorothy A. Asher Fund in the Humanities

  • J William Asher and Melanie J. Norton Endowed Fund in the Sciences

  • John William & Dorothy A. Asher Fund in the Social Sciences 

  • Is this a collaborative student-faculty research project of 8-10 weeks in length? If so check here to also be considered for the FDC Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Awards.

  • J. William Asher and Anne F. Harris Endowed Fund in the Humanities

  • J. William Asher and Melanie J. Norton Endowed Fund in the Sciences

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

  • Faculty student research times where students will be working full-time for 8-10 weeks during the summer may also check the box below to be considered for FDC Student-Faculty Collaborative Research.


  • October 6, 2021 for projects occurring October 6, 2021 – March 30, 2022
  • March 9, 2022 for projects occurring April 1, 2022 – October 15, 2022

Note: Your faculty sponsor must send an endorsement to facdev@depauw.edu 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. The student’s transcript will also be reviewed to make sure the student is in good academic standing.

Project Details:

A. Description of the project: Provide a description (maximum 4 double-spaced pages) of the project including objectives and procedures. You should also provide a brief description of your qualifications for the project and how the project fits into the context of your professional development.

Include a brief description of how your project will enrich DePauw's intellectual community (e.g., long-term or multi-use benefits of equipment, educational impact on campus, etc). Students should also include a description of the role your faculty sponsor will play in this project, and how he or she will support your research efforts.

Please add a short paragraph with a contingency plan should COVID-19 require project redirection.

B. For each of the Asher Funds you have chosen, please explain the connection to each category. For example, if you selected the Asher Fund for Arts and Humanities, please articulate the arts and humanities component of your work.

C. If applicable, briefly explain how you will ensure that IRB and our IUCAC guidelines for the ethical treatment of animals will be met.

D. Itemized budget for project expenses:

E. Project timeline: Indicate the approximate timeline of the project including when the requested funds will be needed and when they will be spent.

F. Alternative funding options for project expenses.

G. Please describe the specific product that will be submitted at the project's end. Final reports should be submitted by the first Thursday in September following the summer research or for projects that end at other times reports should be submitted within two weeks after the end of the project.