Office of Research & Creative Scholarship

Internal Grant Programs

The Office of Research and Creative Scholarship (ORCS) administers the following internal grant programs for Emerson faculty members. For more information about each opportunity, click on the grant title.

Faculty Advancement Fund Grant (FAFG)

FY2018 Cycle

Announced: September 20, 2016
Application opens: September 29, 2016
Application closes: November 4, 2016

ORCS supports the professional development and research of tenure-track and tenured faculty members through the annual Faculty Advancement Fund Grant awards program. All full-time faculty members also receive a travel allowance from their home departments to attend conferences or conduct research.

ORCS also provides research assistance and grants application and management support for faculty members.

Part-Time Faculty Professional Development Fund Grant (PTFF)

FY2018 Cycle

Announced: January 15, 2017
Application opens: January 29, 2017
Application closes: March 15, 2017

The PTFF supports the scholarly and creative activities of the part-time faculty members of Emerson College. The Office of Academic Affairs administers the fund to enable the professional work of part-time faculty in its efforts to sustain academic excellence in teaching, research and creative activity, and service. Applicants must have taught one course in each of the prior three years to be eligible.

Presidential Fund for Curricular Innovation: Internationalization Studios

FY2018 Cycle

Announced: November 15, 2016
Application Opens: December 1, 2016
Application Closes: March 24, 2017

Emerson’s strategic plan includes as one of its five major priorities a focus on internationalization, stating that “we are committed to mutually beneficial engagement with the global society in which we participate, and to ensuring that all members of our community are prepared to thrive in that society.” An essential component of this work focuses on Emerson’s commitment to internationalizing the curriculum of the college.

For each of the next two years, the President’s Fund for Curricular Innovation will support faculty participation in a Curriculum Internationalization Studio. The goals of the Studio are to:

  • Encourage collaboration among faculty;
  • Build our collective capacity to internationalize curriculum;
  • Develop specific courses, course modules, pedagogical and/or advising methods that contribute to these aims.

Norman and Irma Mann Stearns Distinguished Faculty Award

FY2018 Cycle

Announced: March 3, 2017
Application Opens: March 24, 2017
Application Closes: April 21, 2017

Several years ago, Dr. Norman Stearns and Irma Mann Stearns established a distinguished faculty award in their name to honor a full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty member in recognition of outstanding scholarly or creative achievement. A $3,000 award is presented annually to one applicant. This funding may be used to enhance an ongoing project or for the development of a new scholarly or creative endeavor. Travel is strongly encouraged to be a part of the project activity.

The Huret Faculty Excellence Award

The Huret Faculty Excellence Award supports tenured faculty research, creative projects, and innovative pedagogies and assessment on an annual basis.  The goal of this award is to build a great professoriate by supporting and incentivizing associate professors to strive for promotion, and in this way significantly enhance Emerson. Over a five-year period, one-semester leave awards are available for one to three faculty each year to explore new creative, scholarly or research areas or to complete a project with the goal of moving toward promotion to full professor. The purpose of the leave award is to provide a bridge for faculty who have received tenure but who need some focused time to change a research direction or to re-vitalize existing work.