Roland Grimm Travel Award

Up to three Roland Grimm Travel Awards will be distributed through the Center for the Humanities. Grimm funding, in combination with funding from other sources, will enable successful applicants to conduct scholarly work and research in Asia for at least eight weeks during the summer. Applicants in all disciplines are urged to apply to additional funding sources. Eligible faculty may also submit concurrent applications for Summer Faculty Research Grant (FRG), the NEH Summer Stipend, and the Summer Research Seed Grant. As part of the application process, applicants must disclose other funding sources that could be used to support a portion of the research that is relevant to the program of the Roland Grimm Travel Award.

Important dates & details

Application deadline: October 1, 12 PM CST

Award notification: By November 15

Grant amount: Up to $7,000


Grant period: May 15 – August 31. Research must be conducted for at least eight weeks, not necessarily consecutive, during the grant period.

Eligibility: All assistant professors, associate professors, and professors at Washington University who will be conducting research in Asia. Applicants in health and the natural science areas are encouraged to seek other funding sources.

    How to Apply

    Applications must include:

    1.   Completed and signed Application Cover Sheet (see link below)
    2.   Completed Budget Sheet (included in link below)

    • All expenses should be reasonable, realistic and directly related to the activities that will be conducted as part of the project.
    • Research travel and book purchases are allowable expenditures.
    • Award may not be used for faculty salaries.
    • If salary support is requested for a research assistant who is a graduate student at Washington University, the stipend rate should be approximately $1,100 per month and the proposed work must be done between May and August in the summer for which the grant is awarded. The research assistant’s specific role in the project must be described.

    3.   Narrative: No more than three single-spaced pages using a font size no
          smaller than 11 point.  Within the narrative, applicants should
          provide an intellectual justification for their projects, conveying the
          ideas, objectives, methods and work plan. A simple need or intent is
          insufficient. The narrative should not assume specialized knowledge,
          should be free of technical terms and jargon, and should include the
          following sections:

    • Research and contribution: Describe the intellectual significance of the proposed project. Provide an overview of the project and explain the basic ideas, problems or questions examined by the study. Explain how the project will complement, challenge or expand relevant studies in the field.
    • Methods and work plan: Describe your method(s) and clarify the part or stage of the project that will be supported by the award(s). Provide a work plan, describing what you will accomplish during the award period.  For a book project, explain how the final project will be organized.
    • Final product and dissemination: Describe the intended audience and the intended results of the project. If relevant, explain how the results will be disseminated and why these means are appropriate to the subject matter and audience.

    4.   Short CV (2-page max)  

    Application download: (link to application form)

    Application requirements: Submit your application as a single pdf to: using the following naming convention for your application pdf: FRG Only - Last Name First Name FRG, Grimm Only – Last Name First Name Grimm, For Both – Last Name First Name FRG.GRIMM.

    Evaluation criteria: Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee convened by the Center for the Humanities and ranked according to:

    1. The potential to advance the field of study in which it is proposed and make an original and significant contribution to knowledge.
    2. The quality of the proposal with regard to its methodology, scope, theoretical framework, and grounding in the relevant scholarly literature.
    3. The feasibility of the project and the likelihood that the applicant will execute the work within the proposed timeframe.

    Grant Administration: Awardees will be given the option to have the FRG administered through the Center for the Humanities or through their home department.  

    • Funds will be made available in an appropriate account by May 1.
    • Grantees are expected to adhere to the administrative and financial policies of the University and those specified in the Center for the Humanities’ “Guidelines for Center Grants.”
    • All funds must be used within the grant period.
    • Any remaining FRG funds as of October 1, will revert back to the Center for the Humanities.
    • A report of project accomplishments and a detailed report of expenditures are due no later than October 1.
    • Publications resulting from FRG activities must contain an acknowledgment of support by The Center for the Humanities and the following sentence: “Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect those of The Center for the Humanities.”