Faculty Mentoring Grants

Grant opportunities for the 2018-2019 academic year will be announced early Fall 2018. 

The Office of the Provost and Faculty Career Development (FCD) sponsor mini-grants to support faculty mentoring at RIT.  Each peer-mentoring or other faculty mentoring group at RIT may request funding for one project or activity each academic year. Requests up to $2,000 will be considered. The mentoring projects or activities for which you are requesting grant funds must be related to teaching excellence, dissemination of scholarly works, or grant proposal development. The goal is for you to participate in activities or projects that will help your mentoring group be successful. Requests related to general professional development activities/projects will not be considered.

Projects or activities may include guest speakers, site visits to a corporate or government entity, conference attendance, launch of an e-journal, webinar participation, workshops, etc. Funding for software/hardware acquisition or other equipment, professional membership fees or licensure, tuition, or additional faculty salaries will not be considered. Submissions are limited to one grant application proposal per individual faculty, each academic year.


Faculty mentors and their mentees and other RIT faculty peer mentoring groups may apply. “Mentoring groups” are defined as groups (two or more members) that meet on a regular basis for mutual support and development. On the application you will be asked for your mentoring group's name, topic area, and meeting schedule. Proposals for interdisciplinary projects or activities are encouraged, but one faculty member should be selected as the group's leader.

Full-time, tenure track, tenured, and non-tenure track teaching faculty (lecturers, senior lecturers, principal lecturers) are eligible to apply. Projects involving staff and/or part-time faculty will be considered only if the lead applicant is a full-time faculty member.

Application Process and Guidelines

Due dates and new application materials for grants for the 2018-2019 academic year will be available in early fall 2018. 

Application materials:

  • Sample application (Word document) - Use as a guide to complete your online application.  It is strongly recommended that you complete your application in a Word document, then copy/paste to the online form. 
  • Online application

On the application you must provide:

  • A description of the mentoring project for which you are seeking a grant (250 words or less).
  • An itemized budget
    • Grant applications without a breakdown of funds requested will not be considered.
    • All RIT policies must be adhered to for the use of these grant funds.  Click here to view RIT's Travel Policies & Procedures Manual.
    • Budget requests for hospitality (refreshments, meals, etc.) must not be more than 10% of the total budget request. 
  • If you are applying to attend a conference, workshop, or presentation, the URL from the event is required on the application.
  • ​Meals associated with travel will be allowed at the $41 per diem limit set by RIT travel policies (subject to change). This amount should be adjusted for any meals included in conference attendance.

Funding Decisions and Reporting Requirements

Proposals will be reviewed by a faculty selection committee. Recipients will be notified by December 1. If you are awarded a grant you will receive instructions for accessing funds and reporting on the use of your grant.Typically, funds are available from November through the following June 30.

We would like to share your experience and request that all grant recipients help disseminate their results by completing a brief report following the project’s completion sharing the impact this grant had on your mentoring group's success related to teaching excellence, scholarly works, grant proposal development, etc.; your outcomes may be used on the FCD website or other materials.

Questions should be directed to the  Faculty Career Development team at FCDS@rit.edu.