The Pott College of Science and Engineering, in an effort to encourage and support scholarship, creativity and engagement among College faculty, will award funds on a competitive basis to support two types of faculty summer fellowships: The Early Career Fellowships and the Mid-Career Fellowships. Each of these fellowships will consist of a $4000 salary stipend in support of the proposed work. Funded projects are to be carried out over two consecutive five-week summer terms (Summer I-II or Summer II-III). Faculty receiving a Summer Research Fellowship will not normally teach during the two consecutive five-week summer terms in which a fellowship is funded; exceptions must be authorized by the Dean's Office prior to faculty application submission.
The Pott Foundation Summer Research Fellowship Program and its funding will be reviewed each year by the Dean of the College. At least one fellowship of each type is to be awarded annually, provided that at least one viable application is received in each category.
The Early Career Fellowship is open to tenure-track faculty who have not yet applied for tenure, and who have been in their current position with the College for at most three years at the project's starting date. The Mid-Career Fellowship is open to tenured faculty at the rank of associate professor who intend to seek full professor status within five years. Receipt by a faculty member of other grants or awards for the same time period will not generally affect his/her eligibility for the Summer Research Fellowship.
Faculty members applying for a Summer Research Fellowship are encouraged to seek supplemental funding, either internal or external, to support their proposed project. However, no faculty may hold concurrently both a Pott Foundation Summer Research Fellowship and a Lilly-sponsored Summer Research Fellowship administered by the Provost's Office. Summer Research Fellowships are non-renewable.
The Pott Foundation Summer Research Fellowship program provides support for research projects conducted by eligible faculty. Research is broadly defined as all creative, critical, scholarly, and/or empirical activity that expands, clarifies, reorganizes, or develops knowledge within, or connected to, one's degree field. This definition of research includes the demonstration, implementation, application, and dissemination of research results.
The following types of activities are not supported by Summer Research Fellowships.
Curriculum development, including the development and preparation of new curriculum or teaching materials, curriculum revisions, and student interest surveys.
Faculty development, including learning an established research technique, learning a language or methodology, learning a software or programming language, and writing a thesis or dissertation.
Institutional research, including the conduct of studies related to the operation of the university.
Public service and consulting activities.
Policies and Regulations
University of Southern Indiana rules, regulations, and policies regarding the use of human subjects, animal care, biosafety, hazardous waste, radioactive materials, patents and copyrights, royalties and fees, as well as other appropriate University policies, will apply to the Pott Foundation Summer Fellowship Program. Faculty are responsible for following the established University compliance procedures regarding these rules and regulations. Additional information regarding these policies may be obtained from the Office of Graduate Studies and Sponsored Research.
The expenditure of funds from this program follows normal USI policies and procedures.
Proposal Submission and Review
Any eligible faculty member wishing to apply for a Summer Research Fellowship should complete an application according to the guidelines given in the Proposal Preparation section below. Since these fellowships award salary stipends only, a budget summary is not required for the proposal. Applications must be submitted to the Dean of the Pott College of Science and Engineering, and are due on Friday of the sixth week of the spring semester immediately preceding the period of the proposed work. Applications for the summer 2009 fellowships must be submitted by February 20, 2009 at 4:30 pm. Any application which is received after the deadline, or which fails to meet other proposal guidelines, will not be considered.
It is anticipated that there will normally be more proposals submitted than can be funded in a given year. All requests for funding undergo a peer review process by the College Administrative Team consisting of the five College Department Chairs together with the Associate and/or Assistant Dean of the College. Assessment of proposals will be based on the clarity and merit of the project description and the extent to which the project will help the faculty member to establish or enhance his or her record of scholarship at USI.
Evidence for the latter can be provided by clearly defining within the proposal the project's scholarly goals during the fellowship period. Additional materials which support the significance of the project to the applicant's scholarly development should be included with the application.
All final decisions regarding approval and funding for Summer Research Fellowships rest with the Dean of the College.
Your application should be prepared in accordance with the following format. Please provide the requested information within the specified page limits. The overall length of the proposal should not exceed 12 pages, and should be prepared in 10 or 12 point font.
Recipients of Excellence through Engagement Summer Research Fellowships are required to submit a brief report [1-2 pages maximum], or copy of the work completed within 30 days after the end of the fellowship period.
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