Research & Creative Scholarship Fund

Call for applications:

The Research and Creative Scholarship Fund is currently closed for applications. Please see the timeline below to determine when you are eiligble to submit your application.

Allocation Timeline for the 2016/17 Academic Year

This year only, the RCSF will be doing three allocation periods in order to switch our allocation schedule to fund students one semester in advance of their project. Going forward, the RCSF will be open twice a year (once per semester). Here are the remaining two allocation period dates for the Academic Year.

Winter/Spring Proposals:

Project Date Range: Dec. 17 - May 13

Application Window: Oct. 21 - Nov. 25. @5pm

 

Summer/Fall Proposals:

Project Date Range: May 14 - Dec. 16

Application Window: March 10 - Apr. 14. @5pm

 

These dates should be consistent in future years as well (similar time of year), without an application window at the very beginning of the Fall Semester as there was this year.

Funding requests for projects will be available to undergraduate and graduate students for the purpose of:

•conducting a research project

*Related to any field. Some examples include: examining the relationship between water quality and the lifespan of aquatic organisms; conducting a study to examine factors that lead to the development of chronic disorders; or designing a new piece of equipment. Important note for all applicantsIf one is traveling to present a project that has already been completed or to attend a seminar to help with background for a project, then the main category for evaluation should be travel. If one is traveling to create a new project or work then it should fall under one of the other two categories, but list the cost of travel in the budget section of the application. 

•producing an academic creative work

*Must be related to an academic department on the UM campus. Some examples include: producing a video (fiction or non-fiction); creating a sculpture or other artistic work; creating a piece of literature. Important note for all applicantsIf one is traveling to present a project that has already been completed or to attend a seminar to help with background for a project, then the main category for evaluation should be travel. If one is traveling to create a new project or work then it should fall under one of the other two categories, but list the cost of travel in the budget section of the application. 

Travel to: present a research/creative project, volunteer/intern, or participate in professional development.

*Most commonly presentations/hosting a conference or workshop/volunteering/participating in professional development. Important note for all applicants: If one is traveling to present a project that has already been completed or to attend a seminar to help with background for a project, then the main category for evaluation should be travel. If one is traveling to create a new project or work then it should fall under one of the other two categories, but list the cost of travel in the budget section of the application. 

Student applicants must be in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or higher) and there must be no outstanding holds or debts on the applicant’s student account. Applicants for the Winter Spring 2016/17 Session must submit the following materials:

1. A one (1) page maximum (single space, 12 times new roman font, 1 in margins) document containing the following information:

    • For a research or creative work proposal, provide a description of the proposed work using language accessible to a non-specialist audience. If presenting at a conference/event, the applicant must explain the work that he or she will be presenting. In the case of those not presenting, the applicant should explain, in detail, his or her academic, professional or research interests and how the opportunity is relevant to these interests. All descriptions should address the broader impacts and significance of the work to be done or presented to the student, to the University, and to broader society. Please also include information about how the project or travel will enhance the student’s professional development. Applicants must also provide an abstract of their presentation, if applicable. (Note: Abstracts do not count within/toward the one-page limit).

2. Provide a budget for the project or travel, using the available form.

  • Do not use per-diem rates or include food costs. Include all items that will be necessary to complete the project (including self + externally funded items), with the understanding that the review committee will fund the line-items deemed most appropriate. When applicable, please use the following ASUM rates for calculating mileage: Private Vehicle ($.15/mile), Private Hybrid ($.20/mile).

  • Additionally, the committee will exclude projects from funding that go towards a paid position, research fellowship through a department, as well as large-scale capital investments (for example: laptops and other hardware) that benefit a department or a specific individual past the length of the individual project. The Committee will similarly refrain from providing any direct funds to a campus department or to direct tuition and fees for UM or any other instituition of Higher Education. Awards given will be distributed directly to the student recipient.
  • This form MUST be sumbited as a ".xlsx" file. DO NOT SUBMIT THIS AS A PDF.

3. Provide a faculty endorsement for the project or travel. Your faculty member will be required to report to the committee on the status of your project by 01/30/17 to ensure completion of the project.

Guide for Faculty References-Faculty References should provide a 1 page letter of support that addresses the following:

  • Your evaluation of the student & the student’s ability to complete the project (for research or creative projects) or the necessity/value of attending this event (for travel applications).
  • Your evaluation of the proposed project, especially: (1) potential for student learning & (2) feasibility/likelihood of success, including willingness to report on the status of the project to the committee by [05/26/17]. The committee will contact your faculty reference prior to this deadline to remind them that they are responsible for this update.
  • Your role, if any, in serving as a faculty mentor for the duration of the project.
  • Whether the student understands and will be in compliance with IRB, IACUC, or other UM requirements for the Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research that may be applicable for the proposed project.
  • Your preferred email address.

4. Fill out the brief Application Form (A tab on the Budget Request Form) that includes information such as:

  • Identifying which type of application you wish to be evaluated under (Research, Travel, OR Creative Work).
  • Name, the last four numbers of you Student I.D., and your associated department.
  • The name of your faculty reference.
  • Contact information.
  • NOTE: THIS FORM IS A PART OF THE BUDGET REQUEST FORM. PLEASE FILL OUT BOTH TABS OF THE EXCEL SHEET (LOOK IN THE BOTTOM LEFT HAND CORNER) AND SUBMIT THEM BOTH AS ONE CONDENSED FILE. This file must be in ".xlsx" form. Do not submit a PDF for this file.

5. Application Consent Form

  • On this available form, you will be required to sign an agreement of understanding about the conditions upon which you will be able to receive an award. Please print out, sign by hand, and scan back into a PDF format.

*Important note: Please save and name ALL of your files in the following format: “[Last Name, First Name] [File Type].” Additionally, your project's START date must be within our date range as listed above. If it is not, we will not consider it for funding.

For example: “Smith, John, Budget Request and Application Form”; "Smith, John, Consent Form"; "Smith, John, Faculty Reference"; "Smith, John, Project Description".

Applications will be evaluated using the available rubrics (Separate rubrics for research projects, travel funding, and creative projects can be found on the funding website). Funds are primarily intended for individual proposals, but group proposals will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Funding is intended for operational costs and not for personnel costs (stipends). We anticipate awards of up to $1000 to be awarded.

Please email all questions to RCSF@mso.umt.edu

Please note that incomplete applications cannot and will not be reviewed.

View and download the budget form and application form for Winter and Spring 2016-17.

View and download the application consent form for Winter and Spring 2016-17.

View and download the rubrics for Winter and Spring 2016-17.