Faculty Fellows 

Tenure-track faculty of all ranks who are full-time in the University and budgeted at least part-time in the College of Education are eligible to apply for the Hardie Faculty Fellows Program.  Applicants must submit a research proposal and auxiliary documents.  An appointment to the Fellows Program offers many advantages, including: (1) resources for programmatic research; (2) an opportunity to develop new research programs; and (3) capacity to leverage external funding. 

Award Details

The Hardy Faculty Fellow Award competition is suspended for FY2017.

Applications are generally invited during the winter for a one-year appointment to the Faculty Fellows Program beginning in June.  

An appointment to the Fellows Program offers many advantages, including: (1) resources for programmatic research; (2) an opportunity to develop a new research program; and (3) capacity to leverage external funding.

The Fellows Program has been configured to offer faculty flexibility in how they use Fellows funding.  Total support for each Fellow will be a maximum of $20,000 per year.  Funds are available to support two fellows.  Each fellow will have the option of using the money in the following ways:

1.  The potential to buy-out one, or two courses per year ($7,000/course PLUS fringe) to be decided in consultation with Department Heads or Chair, who must provide a letter of support for any buyout arrangement.

2.  Graduate research assistance (obtain exact dollar amounts for salary and benefits from the Business Office).

3.  Travel support: Maximum of $1,000 for conference travel.  Funds for research travel--amount to be justified.

4.  Summer salary up to current College of Education cap PLUS fringe benefits. Monthly summer salary is calculated at 1/9th of academic year salary up to a current maximum of $9,153 per month, PLUS fringe benefits*.

5.  Equipment and supplies directly related to proposed research.

*You must contact the Office of Budget and Resource Planning to confirm these rates.

Tenure-track faculty of all ranks who are full-time in the University and budgeted at least part-time in the College of Education are eligible and encouraged to apply.  Applicants wishing to receive feedback and advice prior to submitting a formal proposal are encouraged to submit a proposal draft to the Chair of the College Research Committee, who will pass it on to former Fellows or members of the Committee, for feedback with the goal of helping to develop the proposal. 


1.  Research Proposal:

The text of the proposal should be limited to 10 double-spaced pages. Provide a clear and detailed statement of plans for research during the period for which you seek an appointment. Write the proposal as though it were going to a major external-funding agency such as NSF, IES, NEH, or Spencer Foundation. Include a clear statement of the problem, brief discussion of prior literature, clear presentation of methodology, and as appropriate proposed research design, and data analysis. Proposals are competitive. Successful proposals in the past provided a compelling motivation for the research and a clear description of the methodology, design and data analysis. Please note weaknesses in previous years were lack of detail about the actual proposed work and an overemphasis on the literature review. 

Although not a requirement, proposals will be accepted that address a major College initiative. If your proposal is written to support a major initiative, identify the ways in which your proposed research will benefit, complement, or advance that initiative. 

Write your proposal so that it is accessible to readers within the broader field of Education. In addition, an appendix must include a budget statement, a timeline for carrying out activities and evaluation plan. Joint applications from more than one faculty member that represent strategic inter-disciplinary collaboration will be considered and reviewed as a single proposal and funded up to $20,000.

2.  Past Research:

     a. 2-page abbreviated Curriculum Vitae

     b. List of Current and/or Pending Support

     c. Two representative publications.

3.  Letters of Recommendation:

Application must be accompanied by a letter of support from Department Head or Chair. The letters should indicate approval for course buyout and other departmental obligations.

4.  Renewal Applications:

Renewal applications will not be considered due to financial constraints.

5.  Selection Process:

The selection of Faculty Fellows is a competitive process, and is based on the evaluation criteria listed below. Faculty Fellows are chosen based on a consensus of the members of the College Research Committee.   Their names then are forwarded to the Dean of the College for final approval.


  • Overall quality of the proposal
    • Clearly identified research problem with appropriate but brief grounding in current research literature and theory.
    • Given traditional research designs, appropriate data collection methods and procedures for examining the problem
    • Appropriate analyses for evaluating the data
  • Potential contribution to field of education, or to one of the Strategic Initiatives
  • Potential impact on the applicant's career.
  • Feasibility of the proposed project.
  • Potential for obtaining later external funding.
  • Potential to promote collaborative research across departments within the College of Education or across the College and another academic campus unit.

6.  Reporting Requirements

Fellows will also be required to submit a report summarizing their activities as a Fellow and clearly delineating the outcomes of their research funded under this initiative, as well as copies of all presentations and papers (draft and submitted for review, or published) related to this research. They must address the impact this has had on furthering the strategic goals of the College and Campus.   This report will be due in August, at the completion of the Fellows Award year.

7.  Submission Process

Applications are due in the winter of an active competition year,  using the online system. System access will be provided here.

NOTE: Research is interpreted broadly and not limited to any one approach. For example, proposals that include quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, evaluation, historical, philosophical inquiry, etc., must include a clear description of methods and as appropriate, design, and proposed data analysis. 

This program is supported by the Charles Dunn Hardie Trust Fund.