College of Arts & Letters Internal Funding

College Fund for International Travel (CFIT)

Deadline: Rolling | Application (last updated Fall 2022)| SFTF Application

Dissemination of the results of faculty research, most typically at significant professional events abroad.

CAL Undergraduate Research Initiative

Deadline: Late August/Early September | Additional Information

Support for undergraduate researchers to work on a faculty member’s research or creative endeavor, or to support a student to present their research at UURAF.

Engaged Pedagogy & Programming Grant

Deadline: March 4, 2024 for FS24 Submissions, September 16, 2024 for SS25 Submissions | Additional Information

The College of Arts & Letters Engaged Pedagogy & Programming Grant are provided for teaching faculty members to assist with efforts to fund external speakers working at the intersections of the study of race, class, gender and sexuality and/or to support engagement with off-campus communities.

Journal Support Policy

Deadline: Rolling | Guidelines

Guidelines for requesting department support for journal editors.

Newberry Library Funding

Deadline: Rolling | Application Instructions

Available to faculty members and graduate students in CAL to travel to conduct short-term research or to participate in a one- or two-day seminar at the Newberry Library.

Internal Funding Opportunities from MSU

HARP – Development

Deadline: TBD | Guidelines and Instructions

Provides up to $25,000 to support faculty who are conducting important research leading to creative and performance projects or activities in the arts and humanities.

HARP – Production

Deadline: TBD | Guidelines and Instructions

Provides up to $7,000 to help subsidize the costs of book publication, permissions to use copyrighted materials, CD recording and production, the creation and mounting of exhibits, etc.

Strategic Partnership Grants (SPG)

Deadline: TBD | Additional Information

Provides up to $400,000 to support research and scholarship that is leading-edge, interdisciplinary or futuristic, and capitalizes on the existing intellectual capital at MSU. Applicants should alert CAL’s associate dean for research if a proposal submission is planned.

Discretionary Funding Initiative (DFI)

Deadline: Rolling | Additional Information

Provides up to $25,000 to bridge grants and support additional studies needed to resubmit a grant application. A 1:1 match from the department is required. Applicants should discuss with their department chair and notify CAL’s associate dean for research if a proposal submission is planned.

Office of Research and Innovation

Research Forums | Links to Find Funding

ORI periodically hosts informal events to showcase ongoing faculty research.

Creating Inclusive Excellence Grants (CIEG)

Deadline: TBD | Guidelines

Provides non-recurring funding of college and academic unit projects or programs and, non-recurring funding for proposals from other academic and administrative units, individuals or groups that are intended to create and support an inclusive university.

Institute for Public Policy and Social Research

Deadline: TBD | Guidelines

MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) accepts research proposals from MSU faculty for up to $30,000 grants on an annual basis. The program typically distributes $150,000 per year. The purpose of the Michigan Applied Public Policy Research (MAPPR) grant program is to link the work of faculty to current policy discussions. The outcome of the grant program creates an information exchange between research and practice.

International Funding Opportunities from MSU

Matching Travel Grants

Deadline: Rolling | Additional Information

ISP provides matching travel grants to help develop strategic partnerships. Grants are made for travel of partners coming from abroad and MSU faculty travel to partner institutions.

Special Foreign Travel Fund (SFTF)

Deadline: Rolling | Application Guidelines

ISP provides funding for MSU faculty presentations and keynote addresses at international meetings, and exhibitions and concerts in major halls that are taking place outside of the United States.

Fulbright Grants

Deadline: Rolling | Resources

Coordinated by MSU’s International Studies and Programs.

International Studies and Programs Project Funding

Deadline: Rolling | Resources

External Funding

Fulbright Programs
The term “Fulbright Program” encompasses a variety of exchange programs, including both individual and institutional grants.

Fulbright-Hays Program
This program is run through the Department of Education. Faculty and students must apply through their institutions, therefore applications to this program require that an eTransmittal be routed and approved.

Individual Faculty Programs
These programs are all run through CIES. An eTransmittal is not required, however faculty are encouraged to communicate with their Chair early in the process. Faculty, administrators, and professionals may contact MSU’s Fulbright Program Adviser for individual consultation, including reading and commenting on written drafts.

Office of Research and Innovation Funding Search

This site contains links to several databases to assist in searching for funding.

Student Programs
These programs are all run by IIE. All student applications must be submitted through the Fulbright Program Adviser’s office at MSU.

Federal Sponsors
Search for federal grant opportunities and submit proposals.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

NEH Summer Stipends – (Limited Submission) – Only two faculty may be nominated each year by MSU.  Of the two, at least one should be a junior nominee (instructor or assistant professor).  Those holding the rank of associate professor or professor will be considered senior nominees. Some government grants are institutionally limited, which means that only a limited number of submissions are accepted by NEH for the grant.  Interested faculty should send a Competition form and Internal Pre-proposal application to Bill Hart-Davidson, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship, at least seven weeks in advance of when the limited submission grant is due, and it will be forwarded to ORI for consideration in time for their six weeks advance deadline. There will then be an internal competition to determine who will be able to submit. Only after a proposal is selected as the official MSU submission, can the applicant then go through the regular process of creating an e-transmittal and working with CGA. For more information, review the Institutionally Limited Application Procedure.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Non-Federal Sponsors

Except in cases when there is an open call for proposals, faculty should contact the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations before contacting corporate or foundation sponsors. This helps to prevent duplicate efforts and self-defeating internal competition. All requests to any Michigan based corporation or foundation must be cleared by the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations.

American Council of Learned Societies

American Philosophical Society – Grants, Fellowships, and Prizes

Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences

Institute for Advanced Study

J. Paul Getty Grant Program

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

The Library Company of Philadelphia

The Mellon Foundation

National Humanities Center

The Spencer Foundation

Sabbatical Information

College of Arts & Letters Sabbatical Policy