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Colgate Funding Sources

The university offers competitive funding for a wide range of faculty research and teaching activities. For programs with specific deadlines, requests for proposals are issued via email to all faculty.

Colgate Grants for Research and Other Scholarly and Creative Activities

Grants and leaves to support research and creative work in all fields. Please consult research council guidelinesbudget form, and sample proposals (sample 1, sample 2, sample 3). 
Chair: Ahmet Ali Ay

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
Discretionary Grants* $1,750 / year
$3,500/year for tenure-stream assistant professors
any time
Major Research Council Grant (6/1/24 – 8/31/25) $8,000 Jan. 26, 2024
Picker Fellowship (6/1/24 – 8/31/25) $12,000

Jan. 26, 2024

Leipzig Fund Grants (6/1/24 – 8/31/25) $10,000 Jan. 26, 2024
Senior or Associate faculty leave in 2024-25 1-2 SLA credits Jan. 26, 2024
Publication Expenses Grant $1,500 any time
Textbook Preparation Loan $3,000 any time
Publication Subvention Grant $3,000 any time

Student Wages: 

For the 2023-24 academic year, use the 2023-24 application.

For the 2024-25 academic year, use the 2024-25 application.

150 hrs/semester; 200 hrs/summer any time

*Research Council Discretionary Grants: maximum $1,750 per year; $3,500 for tenure-stream assistant professors. Consult the guidelines for categories of support, which include research travel, non-student wages, and other research expenses. Apply any time via email to Research Council chair Ahmet Ay (aay@colgate.edu).

The Robert H. N. Ho Mind, Brain, and Behavior Initiative (MBBI) provides opportunities for Colgate faculty and staff whose research and/or teaching addresses topics related to mind, brain, and behavior to enhance their own work and their connections with colleagues from across campus. MBBI support is intended for faculty and staff from across departments, programs, and divisions at Colgate.  Please consult the MBBI Guidelines for further information.

Director:  Ben Lennertz

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
Major Grant $20,000 or more January 26, 2024
Discretionary Grant $5,000 any time

Grants for internal and external collaborations that bring expertise from different disciplines to bear on current and emerging scientific problems.
Director: Ahmet Ay
Web: Picker Interdisciplinary Science Institute

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
Major Research Grants $150,000/year for 2 years Pre-proposal the Monday, November 27, 2023; Full proposal Friday, January 26, 2024.
Minor Research Grants and Additional Activities $30,000 and/or course release Proposal due by Friday, January 26, 2024.
Discretionary Grants TBD Contact Picker Institute director


Grants for research pertaining to the upstate New York region, and for scholarly symposia, conferences, or workshops that address issues related to the region.
Director: Catherine Cardelús
Web: Upstate Institute

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
Individual Scholarly Projects $5,000 January 26, 2024
Discretionary grants $500 any time
Funding for Symposia or Workshops $2,500 January 26, 2024

Grants for research that addresses civic affairs and public policy in the global context. Proposals focused in Africa, East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, or South or Central America will be given priority. For details, see Lampert Faculty Support web page.
Director: Illan Nam

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
Lampert Faculty Scholars $10,000 January 25

Grants expand faculty and student research in areas related to public policy and public affairs. Visit the Public Affairs and Public Research Initiative for more information.

Director: Sam Rosenfeld

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
Major research grant $10,000 September 14, 2024
Discretionary grants < $3,000 any time

Support for Colgate students to assist with research or creative projects chosen, designed, and proposed by faculty members. For details, see Faculty-Initiated Fellowships. Apply to department chair. 

Type of grant Deadline
6-10 weeks summer funding for Colgate student(s) mid-November

Short-term funding to sustain research programs of faculty who have previously brought in external grants. The investigator must have applied for continued external funding. Limited to 12 months’ support, for tenure stream and Category I faculty only. No deadlines; apply to Dean/Provost by emailing Trish St. Leger

Types of support

  • Equipment, supplies, student research stipends, publication costs, travel – to continue a research program.
  • Matching funds for required University contributions to external grant proposals.
  • If funds allow: support for developing a research program, for faculty who have not yet received external funding.

An allotment of up to $2,250 per year to attend or present at professional meetings. Up to $750 of this allotment may be used for research-related expenses, including books, membership in professional societies, and any other expenses directly associated with your scholarly or artistic work. Faculty participating in international conferences or meetings are eligible for $1,000 of funding over and above the usual annual allotment of $2,250; this incremental funding is available through the 2023-24 academic year. 

Eligibility: Full-time teaching faculty (regular or with an appointment of one year or more), Category I teaching faculty, Senior Lecturers, post-doctoral fellows, and PERA faculty. (Note: Professional development for library faculty is administered by the University Librarian.) 

Reimbursable expenses: registration fees, transportation, accommodations, meals, and incidentals.

Follow Colgate's Travel Policy; submit receipts via Concur, accessible via the Colgate Portal. Division contacts:

Travel funds to develop scholarly humanities projects with colleagues at Humanities Corridor universities (Cornell, Syracuse, Rochester) and New York Six colleges (Colgate, Hamilton, Hobart & William Smith, Skidmore, St. Lawrence, Union); or to attend Humanities Corridor events. Apply to Lynn Schwarzer, Arts & Humanities Division Director.

Supplemental funding for conference travel and research expenses. Rolling deadline. For details, contact Beth MacKinnon, Arts & Humanities Division administrative assistant.

The Dean of the Faculty’s office maintains funds to provide limited salary support for faculty who receive prestigious academic-year fellowships or grants when the award requires a faculty member to take a leave without pay at a salary below regular Colgate salary. Faculty who plan to apply for a fellowship/grant that falls in this category are encouraged to contact the Grants office and Dean’s office in advance of applying. Details of the policy are available from the Dean of Faculty’s office.

Colgate Grants for Faculty Development

The Faculty Development Council oversees the allocation of funding for (1) professional development for teaching and pedagogy, (2) course development, and (3) faculty travel related to course and professional development. Consult guidelinesFDC budget form, and examples of projects and proposals (proposal 1, proposal 2).
Chair: Ian Helfant

Grants for projects designed to strengthen pedagogical skills, improve communication among faculty about pedagogical issues, or extend the range of the faculty's teaching and advising capabilities. Consult guidelinesFDC budget form, and examples of projects and proposals (proposal 1, proposal 2). Contacts: Ian Helfant

Type of grant Maximum award Deadlines
Major Grant $5,000 January 26
Discretionary Grants $1,500 per year Rolling
Teaching and Technology Micro Grants $500 per year Any time
Upstate Institute Research Grants 
(Contact Catherine Cardelús)
$5,000 January 26, 2024

Brief descriptions and contacts are below; consult guidelines for details.

Type of grant Maximum award Deadline
Upstate Institute Course Development Grants 
(Contact: Catherine Cardelús)
$4,000 + course-related costs October 15
COVE Service Learning Course Development Grants
(Contact: Jeremy Wattles)
$4,000 + course-related costs

November 13


Lampert Collaborative Global Teaching Grants $100 -$1,000 Rolling

Community-Based Research (Upstate Institute) – Funding to develop or revise a course to include a significant community-based research component. Contacts: Catherine Cardelús  and Julie Dudrick.

Service Learning (COVE) – Funding to develop or revise a course to offer students immediate opportunities to apply classroom learning to support the work of community agencies.

Grants for Collaborative Global Teaching (Lampert Institute) – Funding to enable faculty to invite colleagues to provide guest lectures (or co-teach courses) from abroad. $100-$1,000. Contact: Illan Nam, Director of the Lampert Institute.

Travel grants for preparatory travel for an individual faculty member in advance of directing a study group or extended study. Deadline: November 5. Contact: Joanna Holvey Bowles. Apply online.

Kallgren faculty travel grants for interdisciplinary groups of faculty; travel related to course development or scholarly development, or to explore a new study group or extended study site. Deadline: November 3. Contact: Krista Ingram or Eddie Watkins.

Colgate Funding for Campus Arts Events

The Colgate Arts Council (CAC) supports the arts at Colgate University, including music, theater and dance, creative writing, visual art and film. The CAC welcomes proposals from faculty in all divisions initiating public art events taking place during the academic year.

This fall, in order to encourage and support a diverse array of arts opportunity on campus, we invite new proposals for discretionary grants of up to $3,000 for events that either

  • connect to a specific course and/or department/program curriculum and can be made accessible to the larger Colgate community, or;
  • facilitate campus engagement with local or regional artists or arts organizations in ways that support Colgate’s liberal arts curriculum.

More About Proposals to the CAC

Chair: Mary Simonson

Endowed Chair Funds

Endowed chair holders are provided a fund that can be used for expenses in support of the teaching, research, and service of the chair holder or his/her department.

Consortium Funding and Other Resources

Central New York Humanities Corridor

New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium

External (Non-Colgate) Grants

Searchable Databases of External Funding Opportunities


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Duke University Research Funding Database

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Links to Grant Programs