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University Research Awards

Professor and students doing stream research


Each year Western Carolina University presents internal awards to recognize the outstanding work being done by our faculty. The purposes for these awards are described below. The university community is invited to attend the 2019 Faculty Scholarship Celebration to be held Thursday, February 21, in the Blue Ridge Conference Room.

Please click the links below for full application instructions, and contact the Office of Research Administration for assistance with the application process.

University Scholar Award

2018-2019 Deadline: January 17, 2019

The University Scholar Award is designed to recognize research and creative activities. This award is given to a faculty member who has achieved a position of prominence in his or her discipline through creative research activities. Examples of distinguished achievements include art exhibitions, works of art, fine arts performances, literary works, research, publications, and grant receipts.

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Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award

Application Due Date: January 17, 2019

The Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award provides five awards of $5,000 each for support of research and creative activities.

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Hunter Scholar Award

2018-2019 Deadline: January 17, 2019

This award is jointly provided by Hunter Library, Graduate School and Research, Educational Outreach, and the Office of the Provost. The Hunter Scholar Award provides release time and other resources to support research primarily using library collections.

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Provost Internal Funding Support Grant

2018-2019 Deadlines: October 1, 2018, and February 1, 2019

PURPOSE: Provide monetary support up to $10,000 to tenured faculty, tenure-track faculty, and staff for the pursuit of external funding. Funds must be used to

  • generate preliminary data or activity that leads to external funding
  • expand the scope of a currently funded project
  • enhance the competitiveness of faculty revising and resubmitting proposals considered highly meritorious but previously unfunded
  • support cross-disciplinary teams of faculty in their efforts to prepare competitive proposals for multi-investigator grants
  • preference will be given to applications demonstrating an impact on teaching or student learning

Award recipients must articulate where and how this seed money will be directed in pursuit of external funding.


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