Request for Proposals: Faculty Research Grant



The Center for Global Studies invites proposals to provide financial support for faculty members to engage in scholarly research on global affairs, with a particular emphasis on projects that explore the cultural, economic, political, technological and scientific aspects of globalization. Awards may be used to cover research expenses (including travel and research assistance).

Amount of Award

Up to $2500


  • An applicant must be a Mason faculty member at the time of receipt of the award.
  • An applicant may not have received funding from the Center within the past three years.
  • An award recipient is expected to remain a full-time employee of the university for at least one academic year after the conclusion of the award.
  • Priority will be given to tenure-track faculty.


Awards must be used within 12 months of notification of the award.


Award recipients are required to write about their research in a series of 3-5 blog posts of 500 words for CGS Global Views, and may be asked to make a presentation to faculty and students. Recipients should submit a report on the activities conducted through the Research Grant to by May 31, 2015. A faculty member who accepts the Center for Global Studies research support must be willing to serve as a reviewer for future funding applications.

Application Deadline and Award Announcement

The deadline for receipt of applications is February 12, 2014.

The award will be announced no later than March 7, 2014.

Application Process

The application must be submitted electronically by email as a Microsoft Word attachment (no PDF’s will be accepted) to Applications should include the following:

A. Personal Information including all details specified on the attached personal information form, including a one paragraph project summary of no more than 250 words. The project summary should make clear to non-specialist readers the significance of the proposed research. Please do not reformat the Personal Information Page.

Click here to download form.

B. Description of Project (maximum 2,000 words, double-spaced). This should be brief and non-technical, and include:

  • A statement of the central problem or question to be addressed by the research and its scholarly or creative significance. Explain whether or not this is a new area of research for the scholar.
  • The objectives of the project, the methods to be employed, its relation to existing literature in the field, and a timetable for completion of the work. Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate a clear commitment to multidisciplinary work.
  • An explanation of how the applicant’s program, department, or the university will benefit from this research.
  • A description of how the applicant will share the research outcome with colleagues, students and the external research community, including publications and presentations.
  • A description of how the project will contribute to the development of future research opportunities including external support, new partnerships, etc.
  • An explanation of how this project relates to the field of global studies and the mission of the Center for Global Studies.

C. Budget (one page) of anticipated expenses (e.g. equipment, travel, materials, research assistance) to be covered by the award. Note: the budget may not include a stipend.

D. Applicant’s Curriculum Vitae (not to exceed 3 pages).

Further Research

The Global Grant Coordinator, Office of Global & International Strategies, will work with grant recipients to develop prospects for further research projects and on proposal development. Contact Susan Graziano at

Questions about the award or application process should be directed to the Center for Global Studies at