Engaged Scholarship Initiative Guidelines

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) invites proposals from Amherst College tenured and tenure track faculty for a pilot program designed to support engaged research during the summer.  The Center hopes to support a variety of projects designed to advance engaged scholarship, teaching, research, and creative work on campus and in the community.  Funding is available to support existing projects and new initiatives.  Priority will be given to projects that accomplish one or more of the following objectives:

  • Result in development of a new course with a community-based component,
  • Produce community-based scholarship (scholarly and non-scholarly writing),
  • Involve students in faculty-supervised community-based research, and/or
  • Demonstrate a benefit to the community.

Grants are available to all tenured and tenure track faculty members at Amherst College.  Projects can be completed locally or well beyond Amherst College.  Individual faculty members, teams or departments can apply for funding.

The CCE will award up to six grants for the summer of 2014 with a maximum award of $6,000.  Funding can be used for student, faculty or community member stipends, travel, equipment acquisition, and costs associated with the presentation or dissemination of the research.  Additional funding is available during the academic year to support community-based learning courses and research.  Funding can be used to deepen existing courses and research projects or to launch new initiatives.

Applications consist of the following items:

  • Proposal (In 3-5 pages, please describe the project, its goals, how it meets the funding criteria for the initiative, and your plan for dissemination.)
  • Budget  (One page budget with information about other funding sources.)
  • Supporting materials (If you plan to collaborate with a community partner, consider including a letter of support.)

Please e-mail application materials to Sarah Barr (sbarr@amherst.edu) by Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

Application Evaluation
Grants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Feasibility of proposed project
  • Quality of engaged scholarship
  • Strength of the student collaboration
  • Benefit to the community
  • Plan for dissemination of research

Faculty members will be expected to submit a 3-5 page report summarizing the results of the project by October 15, 2014 and participate in a public presentation of their work during the 2014-2015 academic year.