The Office of the Dean offers a variety of funding opportunities intended to aid tenured and tenure-track faculty with research activities and creative work. 

  • Niles Research Grants support a range of research expenses, including purchase of equipment, research assistance, research trips, publication subventions, release time from teaching, and summer research salary.
  • Incentive Grants, with funds from the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Institute for the Society, Culture, and Environment, support faculty research that leads to new proposals for external grants, with particular emphasis on funding graduate research assistants, mentoring, and release time from teaching.

Tenured and tenure-track faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences are eligible to submit proposals in this competition. College faculty members are encouraged to apply for any funds that will aid their research or other scholarly work. Faculty members are permitted to submit proposals for multiple competitions; each proposal should explain the relationship to the other proposals submitted by the same scholar(s). Research grants cannot be used for conference travel or to host conferences, speakers, or other events; grants may be used for artistic performances and creative activities. To maximize the distribution of funds, some proposals may be only partially funded. Joint proposals from multiple faculty are encouraged; amounts for collaborative projects will be limited to the same amount as individual awards. 

Deadline March 26, 2018, for the following categories:

1.      Niles Research Grants, up to $4,000, to be expended by June 2018.

2.      Incentive Grants, up to $6,000, to be expended by June 2018.

Learn more about application procedure

Humanities Summer Stipends ($4000) support intensive research on topics in the humanities in the form of travel funds or summer salary; this competition also determines the Virginia Tech nominees to the NEH Summer 2018 Stipend Competition. 

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To recognize outstanding achievements by a faculty member or members in research and creative scholarship. Up to three awards will be given for Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship.

Recipient(s) must be College full-time faculty members, and have demonstrated exemplary research and creative scholarship at Virginia Tech for at least three years. The award may be granted jointly to two or more persons when the research was done jointly and was led by the College faculty member. 

Learn more about the award.

The Graduate School each year acknowledges the outstanding graduate student in each college. One award will be given to a masters student and one award to a doctoral student in the College.

Any graduate student enrolled during the current academic year is eligible. Submission of a nomination is open to anyone who wishes to nominate self or other.

Learn more about application procedure.

Funding to help cover the costs of research. For more information please visit Graduate Student Assembly.

TFP provides partial grants to cover graduate student conference travel (this includes transportation, registration fees, lodging, and meals). All graduate students — traveling within the U.S. or internationally — are eligible to apply. The program also can be used to support international travel. For more information please visit Graduate Student Assembly.

Most of our departments and schools offer research assistantships to prospective graduate students. A question on the application for graduate admission asks whether you want to be considered for a assistantship. Check yes. To learn more about assistantships visit our departments and schools assistantships resources. 

Undergraduate research and awards resources are available here.