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Faculty Research Grants

Application forms

Download the application form as a Word document (or PDF). Contact Susan Buist with questions.

The Calvin Alumni Association Board offers the Faculty Grant Program to promote and encourage Calvin College faculty in their service and research interests, further Christian scholarship, add value to teaching, and benefit Calvin students.

Since 1970, over $750,000 has been awarded by the Alumni Association. In the 2013-14 school year, $25,000 is available to be awarded.

Any member of the Calvin College teaching faculty (including shared and reduced load positions) may apply for a Calvin Alumni Association Faculty Grant. The following procedures, criteria, and conditions apply to the program.


1. The application must provide the information and follow the format on the grant application form (a cover page, up to three pages for the project narrative and one page for the budget and work plan). No cover letter is needed.

Previous projects

For ideas on the types of projects funded by this grant program, see descriptions of past projects.

2.  Alumni Association grants support expenses related to faculty research or service projects. This includes:

    1. Travel expenses to archives, libraries, and historical sites for on-site research
    2. Salary stipends for student research assistants
    3. “Service project” collaborations between Calvin and an outside group (e.g. nursing fair, computer classes)
    4. Supplies that are directly related to project activities

3. Grants will not be made to support the following:

    1. Faculty salary stipends
    2. Projects in pursuit of an academic degree
    3. Curriculum development
    4. Membership fees for professional organizations
    5. Major equipment purchases (e.g. machines, computer software)
    6. Support for family members on sabbatical trips

4. Grants are limited to a maximum of $5,000 per project. Some applicants may receive partial grants.  Up to $500 may be used for equipment/supplies (e.g. chemicals, interviews, photocopies) that are necessary to carry out the project.

5. Student researchers will be funded at the standard campus rate. For summer research, applicants should compare the job requirements to other summer research fellowships (McGregor and Science Division) and pay accordingly. For school year research, applicants should check with the Student Employment Office for appropriate pay rates.


The criteria for submission are the same as those used by the Alumni Board for selecting awards.

1. Twenty points will be assessed for the project description. This includes a description of the project focus, the context of the research, the methodology used, and student and/or alumni involvement.

2. Ten points will be assessed for the section on Christian calling. This focuses on the Christian scholarship and on the implication of the proposed work for the Calvin wider Christian community.

3. Ten points will be assessed for the section on dissemination. This area focuses on the impact of the proposed work for Calvin College, other institutions, and Calvin alumni.


1. Due Date: Monday, January 20, 2014, 5 p.m. Submit applications to Susan Buist, program  coordinator, via or the alumni office (Youngsma Center).

2. Application Status: Tuesday, January 28, 2014. Applications will receive an initial review by the Dean for Research and Scholarship and a screening committee of the Alumni Board. Based on this initial consideration, a subset of applicants (15-18, based on the board's schedule) will be notified for an interview with members of the board.

3. Alumni Board Interview: Friday morning, February 14, 2014. Selected applicants must be available for an interview. If you will not be on campus on this date, contact Susan Buist to arrange a conference call.

4. Award Notification: Monday, February 24, 2014. Applicants will be notified of the results of their grant application.


Although no specific points are awarded for these preferences, the Alumni Board may take into consideration the following:

1. Projects that articulate benefits to students and/or alumni, directly for student research assistants or indirectly for enhanced classroom instruction.

2. Projects that do not fit the criteria of other Calvin grants (e.g. science division fellowships, McGregor grants, provost’s supplemental travel fund).

3. Applicants who have not received Alumni Association grants in the preceding two years.


1. Funds will be made available to grant recipients by the end of February. Funds will be put into a designated Calvin College grant account; the faculty grant recipient will be the budget officer for that account and can request reimbursements from that account directly from financial services. Requests should follow Calvin’s established reimbursement procedures and expense policies. Questions about these arrangements can be directed to the treasurer of the Alumni Association, Todd Lohman, in the college’s financial services office.

2. If the designated grant account should go over budget, the faculty recipient is responsible for providing funds to close out the account. Should any funds remain after all expenses related to the proposal have been paid, those funds would revert back to the Alumni Association’s grant program to be used for future grants.

3. Each grant recipient must submit a grant report to the Alumni Board. The report, limited to two pages, should include (1) an abstract summarizing the results or progress of the project, and (2) a statement of how association funds were used. Grant reports must be submitted to Susan Buist prior to September 1 (or within one month of project completion for projects that extend past this date). If a report is not submitted, future applications by the grant recipient for an Alumni Association Faculty Grant will not be considered. The report should be written for a general audience. The Calvin Alumni Association may also ask faculty to be interviewed about their projects for Calvin publications and be available for presentations about their research.

Download the application form (Word document, or PDF)

Also available:
Grant application instructions (PDF; same as information listed above)