Faculty Funding Opportunities

UNC Asheville funds faculty for projects and activities. To learn more, please see the following opportunities. Links are provided to the appropriate contacts and, if publicly posted, the application.

Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL)

Funding limit: $400

Applications accepted at any time, but the budget is typically exhausted by March.

CTL awards support on-campus faculty development (e.g., honoraria or travel for guest speakers for workshops/presentations for faculty).

Deans Office, Curricular Enhancement Fund

Funding limit: $350

If funding is for a field trip, additional funds may be authorized to cover faculty expenses. Calls for Applications occur once in the Fall semester and once in the Spring semester.

Curricular enhancement awards support activities or projects that enhance student learning in specific courses or program/curricular areas.

Deans Office, Faculty Development Fund

Funding limit: $750

Applications accepted at any time.

The Faculty Development Fund supports faculty professional activity. The supported projects and activities are intended for special opportunities of unusual benefit to the university rather than ordinary faculty travel to conferences. Calls for Applications occur once in the Fall semester and once in the Spring semester.

Endowed Professorship Funding

Awards vary

The endowed professorships also include resources for supporting other faculty as appropriate. If you believe your project falls within the purview of the professorship, as described in the following linked page, feel free to contact them.

Humanities Program

Funding limit varies (see information)

Applications accepted at any time.

The Humanities Program supports Humanities faculty development, Humanities Program projects, Humanities speakers and programming, research focused on Humanities

Key Center for Service Learning

Key Center Faculty Fellows receive up to $1500 to support their projects

Key Center goals are to increase the quantity and quality of service learning designated courses, develop faculty leadership, advance institutional change related to community-engaged learning and teaching.

McCullough Fellowship Program

$1000 stipend for faculty advisors, $1000 for the community partner organization, and students also are paid for their research hours

The McCullough Fellowship Program allows students to gain practical skills through applied research projects in such areas as data analytics and mapping, environmental and administrative law, application of new technologies, and the preservation of critical ecosystems. McCullough Fellows collaborate with faculty members and community-based businesses and organizations to address areas of critical need in our local area.

Mills Distinguished Lecturer Fund

Awards vary, ranged from $1500-$2000

Applications for funding due early October.

The Mills Distinguished Lecture Funds support visiting distinguished lecturers in the Humanities. (Available only to faculty in Classics, History, Modern Languages, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.)

Mills Faculty Research Development Award for Humanities Faculty

Awards vary

Applications for funding due early October.

The Mills Faculty Research and Development Award funds faculty research in Humanities, including conference travel expenses, books and supplies, or other professional development expenses. (Available only to faculty in Classics, Foreign Languages, History, Literature and Language, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.)

Preparation for Research Engagement Program (PREP)

Funding limit: $450

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

PREP funds up to 11 faculty or staff members to attend training opportunities—such as workshops, conferences, and seminars on grant seeking, grant writing, community/partner engagement, project development, etc. (Note: Faculty/staff must provide the first $50 of the training from their departmental professional development funds, and PREP funds will reimburse the remaining amount, up to $450.  For training costs that exceed $500, the faculty/staff member will pay the excess amount from their personal funds.)

University Research Council (URC)

Funding limit: $1500

Please contact the URC Committee for application and deadline information.

The URC funds faculty scholarly and creative projects for upcoming year (e.g., materials/equipment, travel, student research stipends).

University Service Council (USC)

Funding range: $250-$1000

Please contact the USC Committee for application and deadline information.

USC funds faculty engaging in service projects with students. Projects should clearly demonstrate a student learning experience in combination with service to the community.

University Teaching Council (UTC)

Funding limit: $500

Please contact the UTC Committee for application and deadline information.

UTC funds professional development in teaching or pedagogical innovation (e.g., attendance at pedagogy workshops, course redesign, incorporation of peer mentors, course assessment).