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Grants, Fellowships, Awards



Miller Faculty Fellows Program description — how to apply, and a list of recipients and their projects.

Miller Faculty Fellowships Showcase — Watch recent Miller fellows discuss their projects.

ISU Wakonse Fellows — Describes the program (including photos) and lists all ISU Wakonse Fellows.

Apply to be a Wakonse Fellow

CELT Teaching Scholar/Teaching Fellows — Past recipients.

Funding Sources

Note: We strongly suggest that you contact funders to get the most recent information. Numerous sources recommend contacting funding agencies (unless they say that they do not want personal contacts) before you submit an application or proposal because they can give you valuable information that will increase your success.

ISU Grant Opportunities

Miller Faculty Fellowships

Up to $25,000 available to fund regular or adjunct faculty development proposals that advance the University's Strategic Plan. Open only to ISU faculty. (Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, 3024 Morrill Hall; 294-5357;

Learning Community grants

(Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, 3024 Morrill Hall; 294-5357;

Postdoctoral mentoring for NSF Grant-writing professors:

There are several programs at Iowa State University which can be used to customize NSF grant postdoctoral mentoring plans. NSF terminology is inserted in this list of opportunities provided by CELT to help you craft your postdoctoral mentoring plan. Including your postdoctoral mentoring program in your broader impacts statements is a good idea because this mentoring creates stronger future faculty, who will in turn shape the future of the discipline.

TEACH Grants

Up to $2,000 each were available for faculty development related to learning and teaching issues at the departmental level.

NOTE: The TEACH Grant program has been discontinued.

2010-11 TEACH Grant recipients

2009-10 TEACH Grant recipients

2008-09 TEACH Grant recipients

2007-08 TEACH Grant recipients

2006-07 TEACH Grant recipients

2005-06 TEACH Grant recipients and final reports

Outside Funding Sources

A Long List of Grants, Awards, Fellowships, and Scholarships

Searching for Funding Sources

The following links connect you to free services from which you can search several agencies or private funding sources. Each has its own procedures, explained on-line.

Community of Science - For all disciplines, find funding opportunities, meetings and conferences, and search for colleagues with similar research interests.

The Foundation Center serves as a central point for a large number of private foundations that provide funding for higher education.

ISU library has access to the Foundation Center online databases, Foundation Directory Online Professional and Foundation Grants to Individuals Online.  You have to go into the library to use them, but they are accessible and very good to use for finding non-governmental funding.

The National Technical Information Service, an agency of the Department of Commerce, provides access to the Federal Register and to several governmental agencies, some of which are different from the ones in the RAMS-FIE Fedix database.

Iowa State University, Office of Sponsored Programs provides links to funding sources and access to a searchable database of research funding sources. The data base is accessible only from ISU domain computers.

Useful Information Sources

American Association of Higher Education (AAHE): An individual membership organization that promotes the changes that must be made in higher education to ensure its effectiveness in a complex, interconnected world. AAHE equips individuals and institutions with the knowledge they need to bring these changes about.

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is pleased to announce the AERA Grants Program, which provides small grants, fellowships, and training for researchers who conduct studies of education policy and practice using quantitative methods and including the analysis of data from the large-scale data sets sponsored by National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the National Science Foundation (NSF)

Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) Comprehensive Grants Program: The Comprehensive program is an annual competition for grants to support innovative reform projects which promise to be models for the solution of problems in postsecondary education. The more important the problem and the more innovative the proposed solution, the more likely to be funded.

The Guide to U.S. Department of Education Programs and Resources, commonly referred to as the Guide to ED Programs, provides an overview of all Department of Education programs authorized and funded under federal law. It also includes information on competitions administered under these programs as well as on the laboratories, centers, and other facilities funded by the Department that provide important resources for education.