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Summer Stipends Program


Summer stipends are intended to foster pedagogical excellence in degree-credit curriculum by supporting faculty members' summer work on curricular planning or pedagogical design, as well as intellectual development in new areas explicitly required by the curricular needs of a department or college. Creativity in course design, experimentation with new pedagogical approaches, and new uses of instructional technology are encouraged.

Because all faculty members are expected to develop new courses from time to time and to revise existing syllabi on a regular basis, the council grants summer stipends only to faculty members engaged in projects demanding unusual effort. Applicants requesting support for developing a single course need to demonstrate why the activity goes beyond normal course development.

This program is intended to supplement, not replace, summer support options available through college offices and external fellowships. Applicants are also advised to meet with the Office of Research Services for assistance in identifying external funding options.


Eligibility for this program is limited to full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty. Faculty may apply for one grant award per program (e.g., URC competitive research grant, QIC competitive instruction grant, etc.) per academic year. Faculty are eligible to request a summer stipend provided they have no Council-supported leave during the academic year following the summer of the stipend. Summer stipends are restricted to faculty returning to the university in an active full-time capacity during the next academic year. Grant recipients who have overspent their grants will not be eligible until the overage is resolved.

The stipend is to support full-time engagement in the project over the course of the summer. Faculty members may not teach more than one course during the summer and receive a QIC summer stipend. Faculty members who receive both internal and federal summer support may not exceed legal limits on compensation. Faculty members are not eligible for summer stipends from QIC in two consecutive summers.


Summer Stipends provide only salary support, and so it is not necessary for applicants to submit a budget with the proposal. Partial stipends of less than $3,500 may be requested if the applicant has previous time commitments for the summer months and will not be able to work full-time on the project.

Application Deadlines

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

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.
  • Work plan and timeline — The work plan and timeline should be thorough, realistice, and feasible. Further, the specific outcomes for the project should be articulated.
  • Tentative syllabus

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 which will include a clear description of the project's goals and objectives. Further, the narrative should explain the relationship between the project and the applicant's teaching, research, and/or service interests.
  • Current CV
  • Endorsement letter from the head of the academic unit

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.
  • Funding is for 18 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).