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Research and Sponsored Programs

Diversity Opportunities

As part of the Provost's diversity initiatives at Hofstra University, the Office for Research and Sponsored Programs has compiled a list of potential sponsors and their programs. If you are interested in submitting an application to any of the following requests for proposals below, please contact the Office for Research and Sponsored Programs at 516-463-6810.


TO: All Faculty – (PLEASE NOTE THESE INITIATIVES OFFERED THROUGH THE PROVOST OFFICE AND NOT THROUGH THE OFFICE

       FOR RESEARCH AND SPONSORED PROGRAMS)  

FR: Herman A. Berliner, Ph.D.  

       Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs   

RE: Faculty Diversity Research and Curriculum Development Grants  

       LGBT Research Initiative Awards  

Last year, the University awarded two Faculty Diversity Research and Curriculum Development Awards. Topics explored by the awardees included: "Promoting Education in Intercultural and International Public Relations" and "Mapping Housing and Health Inequity on Long Island.

Given the ongoing success of this program and the importance of the topics involved, we are once again earmarking some of the monies that we raised at this year's (National Center for Suburban Studies) Celebration of Suburban Diversity to fund the awards. We very much appreciate the National Center's support of these awards and the excellent work that resulted from these awards.

The due date for submitting an application for the Faculty Diversity Research and Curriculum Development Grant is February 9, 2016.

Grant Funding Period: March 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016 
Grant Recipients Notified: February 16, 2016 
Grant Report Due: January 31, 2017

Grants of $2500 each will be awarded in support of research or curricular innovation regarding diversity. Grants of a larger amount will be considered depending on the scope and impact of the proposal. These grants are designed to encourage research and curriculum development on issues of diversity by faculty in any discipline. Our goal in making these awards consistent with our diversity mission statement, is to do all that we can in the classroom, in scholarship, and in the community "to provide multiple cultures, to encourage scholarship and knowledge production incorporating multiple perspectives and to demonstrate commitment to fair and equal access to higher education." The grant funding period for these awards is March 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.

Applicants should submit a proposal electronically to the Provost's Office at Provost@Hofstra.edu by February 9, 2016. The proposal description should be limited to four double spaced, typed pages and include the broad objective and specific diversity research/curricular innovation that the applicant intends to accomplish. The proposal should also describe how the proposed project enhances the goal of promoting diversity and how the results of the project will be disseminated.

Recipients of this award will be notified by February 16, 2016 and will be expected to provide a brief formal written report of the completed project to the Provost's office no later than January 31, 2017 and present the work at a public talk on campus in early spring 2017.

In addition, the National Center for Suburban Studies' LGBTQQIA Research Initiative will provide up to $5,000 to support Hofstra faculty and students from a broad range of disciplines, to pursue research or creative work on the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and ally people on Hofstra's campus and/or in the suburbs. Student grants may be used to defray expenses for any student research or creative project—graduate research project, senior thesis, independent study paper, or original artistic work—conducted under faculty advisement. Our previous grant recipient received the award for his project titled: "Project SYNC (Sex in Youth in Nassau County)."

The due date for submitting an application for the LGBTQQIA Research Initiative Award is February 9, 2016.

Grant Funding Period: March 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016 
Grant Recipients Notified: February 16, 2016 
Grant Report Due: January 31, 2017

Applicants should submit a proposal electronically to the Provost's Office at Provost@Hofstra.edu no later than February 9, 2016 for consideration. The proposal description should be limited to four double spaced, typed pages, and should describe project goals, methods/mediums, likely outcomes/final products, timetable, and budget justification.

The grant funding period for these awards is March 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016. Recipients of this award will be notified by February 16, 2016 and will be expected to provide documentation of project outcomes by January 31, 2017 and present the work at a public talk on campus in early spring 2017.

An award, especially for undergraduate students, was established last year. This award, in support of undergraduate research, will provide students with awards up to $1,000 in support of undergraduate research in the areas of diversity or LGBTQQIA studies. Student applicants should submit a proposal electronically to the Provost's Office at Provost@Hofstra.edu. The deadline for students submitting proposals is March 1, 2016. No applications were received last year. Please encourage your students to apply for this award.


Ford Foundation

Diversity Fellowships

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships are designed to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • U.S. citizen or national
  • Planning a career in teaching and research at the college or university level

Stipends and Allowances:

  • Predoctoral - $20,000 to the fellow, institutional allowance of $2,000 for three years
  • Dissertation - $21,000 for one year
  • Postdoctoral - $40,000 for one year, $1,500 employing institution allowance, to be matched by employing institution

Awardees have expenses paid to attend one Conference of Ford Fellows

Approximately 40 predoctoral, 20 dissertation, and 18 postdoctoral fellowships sponsored by the Ford Foundation and administered by the National Research Council of the National Academics

Application Deadlines Dates:

  • Predoctoral – November 2, 2009
  • Dissertation – November 9, 2009
  • Postdoctoral – November 9, 2009

For further information and applications, contact:
Fellowships Office
National Research Council of the National Academies
500 Fifth Street, NW, K576
Washington, DC 20001

Phone:           (202) 334-2872
Fax:                (202) 334-3419
E-mail:           infofell@nas.edu

See Web site for complete eligibility information:
http://national-academies.org/fellowships

Web-based applications bay be filled out and submitted on-line.


The Mazda Foundation

The Mazda Foundation awards grants to programs promoting:

  • Education and literacy
  • Environmental conservation
  • Cross-cultural understanding
  • Social welfare
  • Scientific research

Application deadline: The Mazda Foundation only accepts applications from May 1 through July 1 each fiscal year.


The Laura Jane Musser Fund

THE LAURA JANE MUSSER FUND would like to promote mutual understanding and cooperation between groups and citizens of different cultural backgrounds within defined geographical areas through collaborative, cross-cultural projects. Projects must be inter-cultural, rather than focused on just one culture.

Priority is placed on projects that:

  • Build positive relationships across cultural lines
  • Engender intercultural harmony, tolerance, understanding, and respect
  • Enhance intercultural communication, rather than cultural isolation, while at the same time celebrating and honoring each culture's unique qualities
  • Offer members of various cultural communities an opportunity to work together on projects with common goals

Application deadline: October 1, 2008


PepsiCo Foundation

PepsiCo Foundation Focus Area Objectives are Global Health, Environment and Global Inclusion. Our mission in the area of Global Inclusion is to work towards closing the gap and creating a pathway to equality for ethnic minorities, girls and women in underserved communities, through education and empowerment models. Initiatives of particular interest are dropout prevention in the U.S. and girls education and women's empowerment outside the US.

Application deadline: see website for future date


The National Italian American Foundation

The National Italian American Foundation's mission is to promote, preserve and protect Italian American heritage and culture. The NIAF's Grant Program offers financial awards to individuals, organizations and institutions with projects that enhance and advance our mission.

Culture and Heritage Grant Awards
Available to individuals or organizations pursuing projects to promote, research, educate, or preserve Italian American culture, history, or heritage. Examples include: documentaries, doctoral research, exhibits, conferences, books, media stereotyping/anti-defamation surveys, campaigns, etc., plays, and course syllabi.

Grants range from $2,000 to $15,000

Application deadline: May 30, 2008 and November 28, 2008


Ford Motor Company Fund

Ford Fund supports nonprofit organizations in three major areas: education, auto-related safety education, and community development. Through active involvement, Ford Fund seeks to build partnerships with organizations that have a well-defined sense of purpose, a demonstrated commitment to maximizing available resources and a reputation for meeting objectives and delivering high-quality programs and services. Ford Fund places priority on supporting organizations the promote diversity and inclusion.

Application deadline: Requests for support are accepted and reviewed throughout the year.


MetLife Foundation

Teaching and learning across the lifespan are critical to the well-being of all people, particularly as 21st century demands require a skilled and knowledgeable workforce. MetLife and MetLife Foundation demonstrate longstanding commitment to strengthening the quality of education by supporting activities initiatives that:

  • develop the leadership skills of principals, teachers and students;
  • promote access and opportunity to schooling, including a focus on diversity and inclusion;
  • create connections between schools and communities to encourage shared understandings; and
  • foster supportive relationships between educators and students through mentoring.

Education is the cornerstone of all Foundation programs because it brings together diverse groups, sparks creativity, promotes economic freedom, and inspires a lifetime of knowledge acquisition. These ideals are pivotal to all of our initiatives across all of our program areas.

Application deadline: Requests are accepted and reviewed and accepted throughout the year.


Please visit the ORSP website for information on how to submit a proposal at hofstra.edu/grants.