Internal Funding Opportunities

This page provides a non-exhaustive list of SU funding opportunities for Maxwell faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Contact Jill Ferguson (jsfergus@maxwell.syr.edu) with questions.   

For Faculty

Office of Research

The University’s internal funding competitions include both Internal Grant Programs and externally funded Limited Submissions.

Maxwell

Appleby-Mosher Fund for Research 

Each fall, the Appleby-Mosher Fund Committee solicits applications from Maxwell tenure-track or tenured faculty members for research funds to be used in the following academic year. Support is available for project initiation, particularly for acquisition of materials, such as data sets and microfilms, and for research-related travel. Funds are not available to pay faculty summer stipends, but funds may be used to hire research assistants, if the students are paid through SU payroll.

Summer Project Assistantship Program

Each spring, the Dean’s Office solicits applications from Maxwell faculty members for funds to support a graduate assistant for the purpose of developing a research proposal during the following summer session. Successful faculty applicants will receive funding for the graduate assistant of their choice, must provide a progress report describing work accomplished, and should subsequently submit a related proposal to an external funder.  

Andrew Berlin Family National Security Research Fund

The Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT)—a collaboration between Maxwell and the SU College of Law—awards grants through the Berlin Fund to faculty and student teams that promote research on salient topics in security studies, including national security, homeland security, and human security. Funds can be used to cover the costs of conducting and disseminating research. Applications consisting of a project description, a timeline for the activities covered, and a simple budget are accepted on a rolling basis. Contact Keli Perrin (kaperrin@law.syr.edu) with questions or to submit an application.   

College of Arts and Sciences

Humanities Center Maxwell Faculty Fellowship

The Humanities Center Faculty Fellowship in the Maxwell School carries a one-semester, single course reduction to complete a research or creative project. Fellows must be in residence during the spring semester and contribute to Humanities Center programming that engages faculty and graduate students from across the Humanities. Fellows receive a $2,000 research bourse at the beginning of the spring semester. Maxwell full-time tenure-track or tenured faculty from the following units are eligible to apply: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, PAIA, Sociology, and Social Sciences. Faculty who have held this fellowship in prior years may not reapply.     

Syracuse University Libraries 

Special Collections Research Center Internal Grant Programs

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) advances scholarship and learning by collecting and preserving rare books, manuscripts, and other primary source materials. SCRC's collections span time and format, from cuneiform tablets to born digital media. Collection areas include activism and social reform, architecture and design, popular culture, photography, and the history of recorded sound.  

For Graduate Students

Maxwell

Roscoe Martin Fund for Research  

Each fall, applications are invited for the Roscoe-Martin Fund, which provides grants to graduate students to support dissertation and thesis research. A faculty committee reviews the applications and awards the funds. Preference is generally given to advanced doctoral students. Awards typically range from $500 to $1,000; larger amounts may be granted in exceptional circumstances. Students who need major support for travel are encouraged to apply to this competition and to seek additional funding from appropriate outside sources.   

Andrew Berlin Family National Security Research Fund

The Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT)—a collaboration between Maxwell and the SU College of Law—awards grants through the Berlin Fund to faculty and student teams that promote research on salient topics in security studies, including national security, homeland security, and human security. Funds can be used to cover the costs of conducting and disseminating research. Applications consisting of a project description, a timeline for the activities covered, and a simple budget are accepted on a rolling basis. Contact Keli Perrin (kaperrin@law.syr.edu) with questions or to submit an application.   

Moynihan Summer Research Grants

Each spring, applications are invited for Summer Research Grants from the Regional Centers of the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs. The purpose of the awards is to provide students the opportunity to develop field experience, whether to gather preliminary data, make contacts, map topics, or increase the competitiveness of future proposals for funding.  Any graduate student enrolled in a MA or PhD program at Syracuse University may apply. Visit the Center websites or call the Moynihan Institute at (315) 443-4022 for more information.  

Graduate School

Summer Dissertation Fellowships

In 2019, the Graduate School announced a pilot summer funding program of dissertation fellowships to advanced doctoral students. The summer dissertation fellowships provide $4,000 each to a select group of outstanding doctoral students to facilitate progress towards completion of the dissertation. Funding can be used to offset cost of living expenses and/or to cover research-related expenses.  

For Undergraduate Students

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising

Young Research Fellows Program

In 2019, the Syracuse University Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising (CFSA) announced a pilot Young Research Fellows Program to fund first- and second-year undergraduate students with demonstrated potential for and commitment to research and/or creative inquiry. Young Research Fellows will have access to research funding of up to $4,000 over two years to support research and creative activity during the summer and/or academic year. The program encourages students to think broadly about opportunities for independent research and creative work over the course of their academic careers and facilitates group mentoring and training for the interdisciplinary cohort. Young Research Fellows are expected to serve as student ambassadors to promote research and creative inquiry on campus during their two-year term. Faculty mentors approve proposals for the use of funding and sign off on regular progress reports.