Faculty Mentoring Grant Goals and Process

Congratulations to our 2019-2020 Grant Recipients: View previously awarded grant projects here.

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 or funding to initiate a new faculty mentoring group. 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 or 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, add-pay, faculty stipends, course release, or additional faculty salaries will not be considered.  Visit the collection of previously funded faculty mentoring projects for ideas. 

Submissions are limited to one grant application proposal per individual faculty (mentoring group leader) each academic year.


Faculty mentors and their mentees and other RIT faculty peer/mutual 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. Learn more about faculty mentoring on this page.

Full-time tenured, tenure track, 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. Faculty who have not completed projects/used grant funds previously awarded or have not submitted an outcome/impact report for a prior grant will not be eligible for a new grant-funded activity.

Application Process and Guidelines

Applications will be accepted until Monday, November 4, 2019, 11:59 pm (midnight).

Application materials:

On the application you must provide:

  • Details about your mentoring group.
  • A description of the mentoring project/activity for which you are seeking a grant.
  • In an essay of at least 250 words, provide a rationale as to how your mentoring project or activity is related to teaching excellence, dissemination of scholarly works, or grant proposal development. 
  • A description relative to how the strength of the mentoring group network ties will grow as a result of the project this grant may fund. The goal of this grant is for you to participate in activities or projects that will help your mentoring group be successful. 
  • 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 AND the dates are required on the application.
  • ​Meals associated with travel will be allowed at the rates 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 an appointed faculty selection committee. Recipients will be notified in late November. If you are awarded a grant you will receive instructions for accessing funds and reporting on the use of your grant. 

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 Faculty Career Development at FCDS@rit.edu.