Awards for Faculty at Tribal Colleges and Universities

Division of Research Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

$5,000 per month

Open to


Expected output

Archaeological Report;
Basic research leading to improvement of existing course;
Basic research related to goals and interests of the institution or community;
Digital Resource or Publication;
Other Scholarly Resource;

Period of performance

Two to twelve months, full-time equivalent

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The Awards for Faculty program seeks to strengthen the humanities at Tribal Colleges and Universities by encouraging and expanding humanities research opportunities for individual faculty and staff members. Awards support individuals pursuing humanities research that is of value to scholars, students, and/or general audiences. While the program welcomes proposals in all areas of the humanities, projects related to indigenous knowledge that sustain and strengthen tribal languages and/or cultural traditions are especially encouraged.

This program offers flexibility in project types and award periods.  Awards may support faculty research that engages undergraduate students at the affiliated institution or members of the local community.  Common to all projects must be research on humanities topics, such as languages or literature, history, philosophy, or religion.  Examples of eligible projects include: 

  • research related to tribal or institutional priorities, goals or interests, such as projects that draw on cultural or institutional archival collections 
  • the development of materials in support of sustaining, preserving and revitalizing culture or language 
  • research leading to the improvement of an existing undergraduate or graduate course 
  • travel to and research in archival or cultural collections with significant holdings in the researcher’s area of expertise or in an area of tribal or institutional priority or interest 
  • research and preparation leading to the development of a humanities seminar for students at the affiliated institution and/or members of the local community.  Research seminars must be prepared and led by an individual faculty or staff member and must engage participants with primary sources.  Seminars should develop participants’ knowledge and skills with humanities research methodologies, such as the collecting of oral histories, indigenous research methods, language or linguistic methods, and/or archival research. 
  • the development of books, monographs, peer-reviewed articles, e-books, digital materials, translations with annotations or a critical apparatus, critical editions, or other humanities resources 

The program is open to all faculty and staff members, including full-time, part-time, adjunct, and retired faculty and staff at a TCU.  Awards support individuals who work between half time and full time on their projects.  Projects may be at any stage of development. 

Staff provided a webinar about the program on January 27, 2022, and a recording is available here.

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Read the Notice of Funding Opportunity to ensure you understand all the expectations and restrictions for projects delivered under this program and that you are prepared to write the most effective application.

Application Materials

Awards for Faculty at Tribal Colleges and Universities Notice of Funding Opportunity 2022 (PDF)

Awards for Faculty at Tribal Colleges and Universities application package

Program Resources

Awards for Faculty Frequently Asked Questions, 2022 (PDF)

Awards for Faculty Sample Projects (PDF)

List of recent Awards for Faculty

Sample Application Narratives

The narrative samples below are not intended to serve as models, but to give applicants a sense of how a successful application might be crafted. Note that format has been changed since these applications were submitted. Follow the guidelines in the currently posted Notice of Funding Opportunity to insure that your application is complete and eligible.

Sample Application: Women of Leech Lake Nation: Historical Trauma and Colonization

Sample Application: Moroccan Director Moumen Smihi (b.1945): Arab Modernities and Cinema

Sample Application: Civil Wars and Civil Beings: Societal Construction, Reconstruction, and Post-Reconstruction in Perry County, Alabama, 1860-1875

Sample Application: Andean Cosmopolitans: Indigenous Journeys to the Habsburg Royal Court

Sample Application: Memoria Presente: The Common Spanish Legacy in Italian and Latin American Cultures

Sample Application, The Abolitionist Movement's Involvement in American Politics, 1750-1865

Sample Application, The Discourse of Sovereignty in American Indian Print Culture

Sample Application, A History of Prison Architecture and Punishment in Colonial Senegal

Sample Application, The Mind of Eighteenth-Century British Writer Charlotte Lennox

Sample Application, Northern Cheyenne Ledger-Art Notebooks

Sample Application, Pre-Columbian Art of the Western and Northern Frontiers of Mesoamerica

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    Program Statistics

    In the last five competitions the three Awards for Faculty programs received an average of
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    Examples of Projects Funded by this Grant Program