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Faculty Mentoring Grant | Faculty Mentoring

Faculty Mentoring Grants

Congratulations to our 2015-2016 Grant Recipients

Details on 2016-2017 grants will be available in early October 2016. 

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. Activities 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. See examples of previously funded grant recipients.   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 each 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. You may be asked to provide meeting minutes. If you are submitting a proposal for an interdisciplinary project or activity, one person should be selected as the group's leader.

Full-time, tenure track and non-tenure track (lecturers, senior lecturers) teaching faculty 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.

Submission Procedure and Proposal Guidelines

Grant applications will be accepted via the online application until Wednesday, November 4, 2015,  5 pm.

On the application you will provide:

  • A description of the mentoring project for which you are seeking a grant (250 words or less).
  • An itemized budget. General requests without a breakdown of requested funds will NOT be approved.
  • 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. This amount should be adjusted for any meals included in conference attendance.

Funding Decisions and Reporting Requirements

Proposals will be reviewed by a selection committee, and recipients will be notified in late November 2015. 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. Any deviation from your original grant proposal submission must be approved by Julia Lisuzzo, Director of Administration, The Wallace Center ( 585-475-2363).  Extensions may be granted upon request.

We would like to share your experience and request that all grant recipients help disseminate their results by completing a brief web form within three months of the project’s completion. These reports will be publicly displayed on the FCDS website.

Please contact with questions.