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Provost’s Collaborative Research Fellowship Program


The Provost's Collaborative Research Fellowship Program is intended to encourage research efforts involving multiple faculty members across academic units who are engaged in interdisciplinary investigations of research problems. Interested faculty should apply for the fellowship program in interdisciplinary teams of up to four with each team being composed of faculty from multiple academic units (e.g., the faculty on the team cannot be from a single local academic unit). The lead faculty member should submit the application on behalf of the team.

Successful applications will result in:

  • A $20,000 grant which funds the research team’s efforts for up to two years
  • Dedicated space for the research team on the Loop campus for one year
  • A stipend of $2,000 and recognition as a “Research Fellow” for each faculty member on the team


Eligibility is limited to tenured and tenure-track faculty (i.e., each member of the research team must be a tenured or tenure-track DePaul faculty member). The research team must include faculty from multiple academic units, and any research team/project may receive a Provost’s Collaborative Research Fellowship only once.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted in the Fall and Winter with deadlines of October 15th and March 15th, respectively. Late applications cannot be accepted.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit the following through Campus Connect (click on "Grant Proposals" in the "Faculty Center" section) by the appropriate deadline:

  • Project title
  • Abstract — The abstract should describe the project clearly and completely in non-technical terms.
  • A list of 3-5 recent publications that are relevant to the proposal from each team member
  • Work plan and timeline — The work plan and timeline should be thorough, realistic and feasible. Further, specific outcomes for the project should be articulated.
  • Budget narrative— The budget narrative should clearly justify all requested expenses and provide sources for estimated costs. Wages for requested personnel should account for benefits at a rate of 10%.
  • Budget form — The budget form should account for each item of expense discussed in the budget narrative.

Applicants will also be asked to attach the following to their application:

  • Narrative — The narrative should describe the project in clear, non-technical language. The narrative should also present a compelling argument in favor of the project that will include a clear description of the project's goals and objectives, the rationale for collaboration, a description of the expected contributions of members of the team, the current status of the project, and the expected outcomes.
  • Current CV for each member of the team
  • Bibliography

Expectations and Requirements of Recipients

Grant recipients should keep the following in mind:

  • Grant funds are made available to the faculty member upon completion of budget manager training.
  • All spending must comply with the council's guidelines regarding eligible and ineligible expenses​. NOTE: Applications for collaborative grants may budget up to $250 for CTA travel between DePaul’s campuses.
  • Funding is for 24 months after the grant is approved.
  • The council expects projects to be completed in a timely manner and will not fund projects beyond three years.
  • A final report must be submitted within 30 days of the grant's expiration. Failure to submit the final report will result in the faculty member being ineligible for future funding from the councils. This report should delineate the activities conducted during the grant, describe the achievement of the project outcomes as outlined in the proposal, and list financial expenditures (include copies of all invoices over $100).​