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Faculty Fellows request for proposals

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 2, 2023)  — The University of Kentucky Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence is pleased to announce this request for proposals (RFP) for academic year 2023-24 that will provide grants of up to $4,000 for Faculty Fellows to engage in activities associated with student excellence. This program provides resources and support for faculty to design academic courses, research projects and other forms of creative work. Activities developed should sustain equity-oriented partnerships, organize novel opportunities for students to learn, and support faculty and students to implement ethical and rigorous participatory activities.

Benefits for Faculty Fellows

  • Resources: Each Faculty Fellow receives a one-time grant of $4,000, which can be used for summer salary, teaching/research materials, funding needs or other appropriate uses, as determined by the applicant and approved by Chellgren Center Selection Committee and chair.
  • Membership in a professional learning community: Exchange ideas and intellectual support with other fellows at the Institute and beyond.

Faculty Fellow requirements

  • Meet with Chellgren Center Director Isabel C. Escobar, Ph.D., to identify discipline-specific resources, materials and model courses.
  • Participate in assessing outcomes of funding.


  • Grantees may be asked to present their experiences, provide consultation or serve as mentors for faculty interested in the program (we are mindful of time commitments).

Application checklist

  • Grant proposal
  • Budget and narrative

Grant proposal requirements

Length: Three pages maximum, not including budget narrative, or syllabi (if applicable).

  1. Description of activity: Please provide a detailed description of the activity and how it will benefit students.
  2. Assessment: Please be prepared to provide a short description of a planned assessment strategy.
  3. Sustainability: Describe plans for sustainability.

Budget and narrative requirements (one page)

Please provide a budget showing how you will use the $4,000.

Eligibility and selection process

The Chellgren Faculty Fellows Program is open to all faculty members (instructors, lecturers, clinical, tenured and tenure-track) from any department. Graduate students are not eligible. If instructors are applying as a team, each will receive the full grant (e.g. $8000 for a team of two instructors).

Deadline for proposal and supporting documents

A completed application must be submitted electronically to the Chellgren Faculty Fellows Selection Committee via email to no later than March 12, 2023.

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