The Center for Social Science Scholarship Small Research Grant Fund is intended to provide crucial support for research, presentation, and travel for research purposes. Awards are made to UMBC full-time tenured/tenure-track faculty, lecturers, and Ph.D. students in the social sciences who have already exhausted all other available university support—including but not limited to such sources as DRIF, departmental funding, and the CAHSS Travel Fund, as well as the GSA for PhD students.
The maximum an individual may receive is $1,000 per award. Funds are limited by budget constraints, and awards will be made on a rolling basis. After receiving an award, individuals may not re-apply until the fifth semester after the award was received.
Faculty or Ph.D. students wishing to apply should prepare a brief (less than one page) letter of need explaining the research-related purpose for the funds, a projected timeline for their use, the precise amount of the request, and why a Small Research Grant would make a difference in the scholarly goals of the applicant. Reference should also be made to which funds the applicant has already used and why no other support is available/sufficient for this need.
Applicants should submit an email containing their application to Christine Mallinson, Director of the Center for Social Science Scholarship. Include the subject line, “Small Research Grant request.” In addition, a separate email is required from the Department Chair, or in the case of Ph.D. students from the Graduate Program Director, affirming that all relevant funds have already been tapped; this email must be received before the application can be considered.
Once completed applications are received, materials will be reviewed as soon as possible, and the Director will respond with a determination on the request. All efforts will be made to provide a decision to the applicant within two weeks.