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Research Scholar Grants

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Sample of Previously Awarded ProjectsKey Dates | Funding Guidelines
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FototekaThe Research Scholar Grant program provides funding for innovative scholarship and creative expression projects that are unlikely to have extramural funding options available. These awards support humanistic research and efforts that result in the creation of artistic or humanist bodies of work. All full-time, VU-employed (Provost-reporting) faculty are eligible.



Eligibility and Process Requirements

  • All full-time, VU-employed (Provost-reporting) faculty are eligible. 
  • Preference is given to junior faculty.
  • Demonstrate potential to enhance the scholarly reputation of those involved.
  • Advance the scholarly profile and visibility of Vanderbilt University.
  • Faculty may submit up to two proposals, with no more than one proposal in any single category.
  • Proposals involving graduate students are encouraged.
  • Proposals that advance research in areas related to race, diversity and inclusivity are invited.  
  • For a full list of eligibility and process requirements, please click HERE.

Categories of Support

Awards are typically for one year. Two-year awards will only be made in the most compelling cases.


Funding categories include:

  • Faculty Development Grants provide funding up to $12,000 for an individual investigator to carry out research, including disciplinary research.
  • Research Scholar Fellowships provide partial salary support for a second semester of leave. To be eligible, a faculty member must have requested a year of leave.
  • Summer Stipends are awarded on a competitive basis to faculty who propose summer research of exceptional quality or promise.
  • Lectures and/or Symposia provide up to $12,000 for proposals that make a convincing case of the positive impact on the intellectual environment at Vanderbilt.

For more information on each of the categories of support, click HERE.

Previously Awarded Projects Sample

Key Dates

  • Application portal opens: Dec. 10, 2018 
  • Proposals due: Feb. 4, 2019
  • Award announcements: Spring 2019
  • Funds available: July 1, 2019


For more information about the program or the proposal process contact Schyler Turrin in the Office of Cross-College Initiatives at or via phone (615-875-1027).

Photo credit (photo 1):
Vesna Pavlović

Fototeka (Projection Still III), 2015

From “Fabrics of Socialism” series

Archival pigment print

16 x 24 inch


Photo credit (photo 2):

Tracy Miller

Fengguo Monastery, Mahāvīra Hall

Interior showing statuary altar, 1020 CE (Liao dynasty)


Yixian, Liaoning Province

Nixon D80 Direct Photograph

November, 2008

Sponsored by Vanderbilt University RSG, the NEH and the Graham Foundation