Indiana Faculty Immersion Mini-Grants

We recognize that in order for any program to be successful on a college or university campus, it
must have the support of the teaching faculty and be meaningfully integrated into student life on
campus. Faculty serves as an important pathway to student employment in Indiana. The more insight
our faculty have about the changing demands of industry in Indiana, the more opportunities faculty can
provide for students to apply their studies in ways that directly impact our local community.

With the support of the Lilly Endowment, the Faculty Immersion Experience grant program offers funding and professional development for faculty interested in making networks and connections with Indiana organizations and businesses, developing Indiana career-oriented course content, and other forms of Indiana-based experiential education within their existing and/or new courses. Funding in the form of a mini-grant may also cover costs associated with student-faculty collaborative research projects based in Indiana and travel to Indiana professional conferences. The immersion experiences may range from as little as one day to multiple weeks depending upon the faculty members’ goals and objectives. We expect much of this activity to take place during the summer months.

The advantages of this initiative are many including building relationships with Indiana employers, seeing first-hand the application of one’s field in the world of work, becoming more informed mentors and advisors in our
first year seminars to connect with student career interests, and the potential to embed more applied
content within the curriculum.

Funds will generally range from $500-$5,000 depending on the size and scope of the proposed initiatives. Planning stipends and “off-contract” summer work is paid at the usual college rate ($150/person/day).

At the completion of the project, awardees are required to submit a report (due 30 days after completion of project) that explains the outcomes of the project.

Please submit an online application here. 

You will be asked to indicate the type of project that you are requesting funding for:

  1. Professional Development Funds for you (or a group of faculty) to job-shadow, network, or otherwise build partnerships with an Indiana agency, organization, or company.
  2. Course, Major, or Minor Development Funds for you (or a group of faculty) to plan career activities, assignments, or engagements into courses or academic programs (should have some connection to Indiana). 
  3. Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Funds for you (or a group of faculty) and students to complete collaborative student-faculty research in collaboration with an Indiana organization that helps students develop tangible knowledge, skills, and abilities toward a career with an Indiana organization. The research should have some connection to Indiana (by either being place-based or by developing connections that will contribute to employment in Indiana after graduation).
  4. Student-Faculty Collaborative Travel Funds for you (or a group of faculty) and students to travel in Indiana. Travel trips must relate either to building “place attachment” or an appreciation for Indiana or must connect specifically to employment possibilities in the state (through networking events, professional conferences, etc.).

In addition you will need to submit a narrative abstract (600 words) describing the project and rationale for the project, including the following items:

  • How does the project fit the stated goals of the Indiana Pathways grant?
  • What are the benefits and who will it benefit? (include approx. numbers of participants)
  • Procedures for completing the project and suggested evaluation and assessment procedures
  • Project timeline (must be completed in 9 months or less)

All proposals must include a detailed budget listing anticipated expenses.

Due Dates

Priority deadlines are November 1st & April 1st each year.
A decision will be made within 14 days of each application deadline

Applications will be accepted past the priority deadline if additional funds allow.

Additional Information

Funds will generally range from $500-$5,000 depending on the size and scope of the proposed initiatives. Planning stipends and “off-contract” summer work is paid at the usual college rate ($150/person/day).

At the completion of the project, awardees are required to submit a report (due 30 days after completion of project) that explains the outcomes of the project.

At the completion of the project, awardees are required to submit a report within 30 days of completion which explains the outcomes of the project. Mini-grant funds will be reimbursed once report and receipts are submitted and approved (within 14 days of report submission).

Please include the following in the report:

  • Names of all students and faculty that attended
  • Brief overview of activity
  • How did the project support the goals of the Indiana Pathways?
  • How did the project help you connect/network with Indiana organizations and businesses?
  • How will the relationships you have built with Indiana employer(s) assist you with connecting students with their career interests?
  • How will these relationships assist you in including more applied content within your curriculum (project-based learning, real-world applied work, partnering with businesses)?
  • How many future students will gain exposure to opportunities with employers in Indiana due to your participation in this project?

 

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