The Office of Research and Creative Scholarship (ORCS) administers the following internal grant programs for Emerson faculty members. For more information about each opportunity, including deadlines, click on the link in the grant description or the grant in the left-hand navigation.

Faculty Advancement Fund Grant (FAFG)

The Faculty Advancement Fund Grant (FAFG) supports the scholarly and creative activities of the full‐time tenured and tenure-track faculty members. The Fund was established to enable the professional work of Emerson’s faculty in its efforts to sustain academic excellence in teaching, research/creative activity, and service. The Faculty Advancement Fund Grant supports proposals deemed likely to substantially improve the quality of research, publication, creative activities, teaching, and service that advance the mission of the College and the careers of its faculty.

Affiliated Faculty Professional Development Fund (AFDF)

The AFDF 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.

Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA)

In partnership with the Graduate Student Association and the Office of Graduate Studies, the Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) grant supports the scholarly work of full-time term, tenured, and tenure-track faculty by funding a graduate student research assistant to work with and be mentored by a faculty member. The intent is to extend the student’s classroom learning, and provide a meaningful work experience that will also benefit faculty in the development of their research and scholarship agenda. Through this program, we also hope to encourage external grant applications that include graduate research assistants.

Presidential Fund for Curricular Innovation: Internationalization and Inclusion Studio

Internationalization, diversity, and Inclusion are major priorities for Emerson. Emerson’s Strategic Plan defines Internationalization as the commitment 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.” Similarly, Emerson's dedication to Diversity and Inclusion is rooted in the belief that "institutional and academic  excellence are not possible without full engagement with diversity across all areas of the College." 

An essential component of this work focuses on Emerson’s commitment to internationalizing and diversifying the curriculum of the College, as well as the implementation of inclusive pedagogical approaches in the classroom The President’s Fund for Curricular Innovation will support faculty participation in a Curriculum Internationalization and Inclusion 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

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 professorate 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.