Guidelines for applying for Berkman
Proposals must be
submitted online. Please complete
the online application form,
where you can also select and attach your proposal in electronic format.
We accept Word, PDF, and plain text files.
If you need to include any supporting materials that you have in paper
format only (conference programs, articles, etc.), complete the online
application first, and then mail a photocopy of the supporting materials
only, with your name and the title of your project, to: Anna Houck, H&SS
Dean's Office, Baker Hall 154. Please do not re-send paper copies of your
proposal or letters.
Your dean or department head must also submit
a statement online. See below for more information.
to be included in the proposal document? When you apply, you'll fill
out the online form with your name, department information, etc. You'll
also attach a Word, PDF, or text file of your complete proposal. This checklist
describes all the parts that need to be included in that proposal document:
- A narrative description of your project, totaling no more than five
- A detailed budget. Bear in mind that Berkman grants may be for any
amount up to $10,000. Some applicants who need additional funding may
find multiple sources of funding; we encourage this. If your project
budget amount is greater than $10,000, be sure to indicate in your budget
from where the additional funds will come.
- A list of all current internal and outside funding.
- Dates and amounts of any previous Berkman Faculty Development grants.
- For any previous Berkman grants, include that project's final project
report, unless previously submitted.
- Your dean or department head's supporting statement (which must be
description: Your project's narrative description should not total
more than five pages. Use this document to explain the project's intellectual,
artistic, and/or professional goals, the form of its anticipated product,
and its relationship to work that you have both done in the past and intend
to do in the future. Describe how the proposed activities aid your professional
development. Also include a statement indicating the external funding
climate for work in your field, and describe any efforts you have made
to find external support.
Remember to use layman's language and avoid acronyms, letter abbreviations,
and terms that require specific knowledge pertinent to your field. Here
are some tips relating to common funding proposals:
The Berkman Faculty Development Fund does not support routine professional
travel or travel that is normally supported by departmental funds--including
applications to merely attend conferences. Funds for conference travel
are available only for uniquely relevant events and when the applicant
is on the program. (Contact us if you have questions or need examples.)
If you are requesting funds for a conference, it must be made clear that
you are on the program.
Computers and research equipment
When requesting funds for new computers and research equipment, briefly
describe your current computer facilities available and clearly relate
the capabilities of the proposed computer or equipment to the problem
being studied. Due diligence in determining whether this equipment exists
elsewhere is helpful. Requests for computer hardware should be confined
to equipment that you have not been able to obtain through other funding
venues such as departmental funds, start-up accounts or external sources
Faculty and staff salaries and graduate tuition stipends cannot be charged to Berkman
grants. Student assistant hourly wages
are permitted. Include both the pay rate and total number of hours in
budget: Your proposal must include a detailed budget, including
specific information about all items. If the budget includes travel, the
budget should include information on where you are going (names of specific
research institutes, libraries, and/or archives), how long you will stay,
and per diem expenses. If the research involves interviews, include the
names of the persons to be interviewed and where. If the research involves
the use of library resources, provide a specific description of the resources
to be used.
and amounts of previous Berkman Faculty Development Grants: If
you have previously received a Berkman grant, provide the date(s), amount(s),
and project title(s). You must also submit a copy of your previous grant's
final project report if you have not already done so.
project report: At the completion of your project, Berkman Grant
recipients must provide a report and documentation that describes your
project's outcome. If you have received prior funding from the program
and have not yet provided a final report, you can now complete
the form online. If you have not yet submitted prior reports, a new
proposal will not be considered until the reports are submitted.
from your dean or department head: In this statement, the dean
or department head comments on the merits of your proposal, the probability
of outside funding possibilities, and the department's or college's financial
support of travel, computer hardware, and other research equipment. Funds
awarded are meant to supplement a department's research funds. If
multiple investigators from different departments submit a proposal, a
statement of support from each department head is required.
examples: Colleagues who have received Berkman awards in the past
can be a good source of advice and guidance on writing proposals. You
can view our page of previous
Berkman awardees, as well as a more descriptive testimonials