Grant-funded opportunities for student research, service experiential learning, and study programs abroad.  Also, includes Keller Memorial Scholarship and Pulitzer Center Fellowship.  Applications for Summer 2023 travel grants can be submitted until February 1, 2023.  

Please be sure you are applying for the correct type of grant.  If you are uncertain about the type of grant for which you are applying, please contact our office. 

As part of your application, you will be required to complete this application checklist

Thank you,  Dean Rusk International Studies Program

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 Allison Shade (

Application Deadline: Rolling.

The application deadline is January 20, 2023 at 5:00pm EST.

The Davidson Research Initiative (DRI) offers a wide range of opportunities for close collaborative research and in-depth study between students and faculty during the summer.

Sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply for DRI Summer Research Fellowships in any discipline. When applying for a DRI a student must specify whether the project they plan to pursue is an independent project designed solely by the student for training purposes, or a project that is intended to further an existing vein of a faculty members research. In the case of the latter, the student must be able to articulate (in the proposal) the unique contribution they will be making to help advance the faculty mentor’s work.

Collaborative research project proposals, involving two to four students, will be accepted. However, collaborative project proposals must be written and submitted by each student individually. Applications will be reviewed and rated as one project.

Under current policies, DRI Summer Research Fellows can propose to work up to 10 weeks on campus with a faculty mentor, five weeks on-campus with a faculty mentor and five weeks off-campus with a faculty mentor as long as the student and faculty mentor maintain regular contact, OR the student could work up to 10 weeks off campus provided the faculty mentor is travelling with the student. Students will receive $15 per hour or $600 per week, in addition to a $1000 stipend for travel/supplies related to the students’ project. Please note that the stipend is reimbursable.

The following designated fellowships will be available through the DRI thanks to the generosity of Davidson donors, The Cannon Foundation, Ellen and Ernie Stevens, The Clark Ross Academic Innovation Fund and Larry Mimms '76:

  • Two Mimms Summer Research Fellowships, designated for students exploring research in biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, genomics or bioinformatics.
  • One  Ross Summer Research Fellowship designated for students who have an interest in the social sciences or humanities disciplines.
  • One Stevens Summer Research Fellowship designated for students who are interested in studying the attributes of chemistry.
  • One Cannon Foundation Fellowship designated for any student interested in pursuing independent research.

Please note that in the application, you will enter your faculty mentor's email address and they will receive an email link to complete an advising/mentoring plan. We recommend that you send your proposal and a copy of this advising/mentoring form to your faculty mentor before you complete the application. They will complete an online version of the form, but it will be helpful for them to see the questions in advance.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Federal tax must be paid at the time of disbursement of grant funds, up to 30% maximum, but only 14% if your country of origin has a treaty benefit with the US.  Taxes will be withheld from each grant deposit made to your account.  You are also required to pay 6% state tax, but that will not be withheld from your grant deposits. It is your responsibility to report this income to the state. We advise you to reach out to Susan Caldwell ( to determine your federal/state tax status so that you may account for this in your budget.

You are submitting a grant proposal for a Faculty Study and Research Grant. The regular cycle application period ended on Friday, January 27, 2023. Applications after that date are considered Just In Time (JIT). Please note that requests are limited to $4,000 for tenure-track and tenured faculty and $1,500 for a visiting faculty member in a continuing position. While faculty may choose to support students with Faculty Study and Research support, the application must be clearly written to reflect the faculty members research, goals and anticipated outcomes rather than outcomes related to the student experience and student training.

The Center for Teaching & Learning and Dean Rusk Grants