This funding supports visits from distinguished scholars, visiting faculty, writers, performing artists and professors of practice. The primary purpose of such visits will be to engage Davidson College students in innovative, stimulating, and meaningful ways. Preferences will be given to visits that enhance new areas of inquiry or promote new cross-disciplinary initiatives.

The DRI-Group Investigations Program provides funding for off-campus trips that support the learning objectives of a course or that provide a learning opportunity that enhances the undergraduate experience. Applications for a spring semester course/program (including summer trips) are due sometime in October in the prior semester; applications for a fall semester course/program (including winter break) are due in February of the prior semester. An email announcement will have the specific due dates. Funding is limited to $15,000 per grant. 

Faculty members planning international programs, even optional excursions, must work with the Office of Education Abroad to ensure that all Davidson-sponsored travel follows consistent policies for program development, student selection and preparation, and  sound risk management for travel plans.  All programs must also operate in accordance with the College's expectations for responsible budgetary practices.  Leaders receiving grants for group travel will sign an agreement collected by the Office of Education Abroad on behalf of the VPAA before funds will be distributed.

Faculty members are required to complete this form and to schedule a meeting with Naomi Otterness, the Director of Education Abroad, to discuss their proposed student group travel plans at least two weeks before completing the DRI application, due no later than September 1 for spring and summer programs and February 1 for fall programs.  For further information about general practices and expectations for taking students abroad, please also review the Davidson Academic Excursions Leader Agreement, as well as the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad.

Funds may be provided to assist with the publication of manuscripts that have received final acceptance for publication by a scholarly press or public dissemination of artistic work. A copy of the letter of agreement and any invoices must be submitted with the application. Fundable expenses include: cost of reprints of articles published in scholarly journals; per page journal fees (not covered by publisher or royalties); indexing; preparation of photos, line drawings, or other artistic assistance; expenses related to exhibitions in which their work will be shown. A funding ceiling for these grants will be established on an annual basis by the VPAA. 


  1. Only tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply.
  2. These grants are independent of FS&R applications.
  3. Decisions are made by the Associate Dean of Research and Creative Works on a rolling basis.
  4. Submit letter of agreement and receipts to Nicole Snyder ( and Julia Lisuzzo (

Application Deadline: Rolling.

The Center for Teaching & Learning and Dean Rusk Grants