What is a study group?
Normally a study group is a collection of faculty that meets to study an interdisciplinary problem or topic of significance to the intellectual life of the college. It provides a development opportunity for faculty with like-minded interests to explore different perspectives on a topic or concept.  The focus is often an exploratory investigation of a new concept in search of an appropriate curricular home. These typically occur in the summer or in January over the winter break.

What are the priorities for study groups?
Priority will be given to the following types of proposals:

  • new interdisciplinary projects or pedagogical approaches that have major curricular impact
  • exploration of topics or themes that impact the intellectual life of the college    

What criteria are used to grant study group funding?
Topics should focus on innovative, intellectual and scholarly questions, or pedagogic and curricular issues. Study group decisions are made by the R&D Committee using the following criteria. Please include these in your proposal narrative.

  1. Significance: The problem under study must substantially contribute to the participants' development as teachers and/or scholars.
  2. Results: The proposal must identify the expected results, which usually take the form of further scholarship, interdisciplinary curricular innovation or formal grant proposals for new programs.
  3. Track record. R&D considers the applicants' previous history of grant applications should indicate the ability to accomplish what was promised, to use awarded funds prudently, and to file final reports as required in a timely fashion.
  4. The ideal study group size is 5-10 participants, who must commit to full participation for the duration of the project. 

We have prepared this helpful template for your convenience, study group proposal template.

How are study groups supported?
R&D provides expenses for the group's activities including the purchase of books. A search and, when appropriate, application for external funding is the required first step in the process. To begin your search, you may want to consult the Corporate, Foundation and Government Support Office for assistance.  Stipends when available are normally based on a maximum of $100/day. Depending on the availability of funding, stipends for faculty may be awarded where thorough going reforms are proposed which demand extensive cooperative work, promising a major impact on teaching, scholarship, and institutional visibility.

How are other college committees involved in the funding decision?
The appropriate committees or departments may be consulted in understanding the value and relevance to the college of a proposed project.

Special application instructions for just this program:
Your application should include a list of participants and a proposed meeting schedule to which all participants have committed.

To apply, please submit your coversheet/application and your narrative or your completed proposal template.

Please be sure to check for application deadlines.

For instructions on reporting, please visit Expense Reporting and Narrative Reports.  (no special reporting requirements for just this program)