Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities

Internal Funding Opportunities

The Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities (CEAH) in combination with the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development (VPR/ED) sponsors opportunities for faculty to pursue internally-funded research.

Full descriptions of these competitive research funding opportunities may be found by following the links provided below.

CEAH Sponsored Internal Funding

Research Grant for Assistant and Associate Professors
Anticipated March 19, 2012

CEAH provides grants up to $5,000 to assistant and associate professors for research and creative activity in the arts and humanities. The intent of the grants is to contribute to the professional development of faculty by funding projects with research-related outcomes in humanistic scholarship, design, and creative artistic production.

Seed Grants for Collaborative Work
Due August 29, 2011

CEAH provides seed grants in the range of $20,000 to $30,000 for collaborative, interdisciplinary research and/or artistic production. These grants are created to support efforts that bring together existing strengths and capabilities to create programs that have the potential to compete nationally for significant recognition. Supported projects bring together teams of two or more faculty researchers to experiment and assume some risk in pursuing arts and humanities scholarship that cuts across normative academic boundaries. It is expected that funded research teams will pursue external funding to help insure the long-term sustainability of their projects.

Small Grant Support for Senior Faculty
Due August 29, 2011 and March 19, 2012

CEAH provides grants ranging from $500-$1,000 to Senior Faculty to supplement research and creative activity in the arts and humanities. These grants provide modest assistance for projects that have the potential for future growth or that require a small investment of funds for completion. The intent of these grants is to supplement external funds, or to assist projects not yet ready to compete for external funds.

Other ISU Funding Sources

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Grants Deadlines

Center of Excellence for Learning and Teaching (CELT) - Awards and Fellowships

Office of Executive Vice President and Provost - Internal Funding

Vice President for Research - Internal Funding

Internal Funding Options


Women's and Diversity Grants Programs
  • The Women's and Diversity Grants Program is designed to support initiatives that will enrich the experiences of women and diverse faculty, staff, and students at Iowa State University.

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Iowa State University Faculty and Staff Awards
  • Each year Iowa State University recognizes the excellence of faculty and staff accomplishments through the conferring of university awards. With these awards, we celebrate faculty and staff who have demonstrated their commitment to learning, discovery, and engagement which are the cornerstones of Iowa State's land-grant mission. Click here for more information.

Big 12 Faculty Fellowship Program
  • Iowa State University collaborates in a program to stimulate scholarly initiatives among the universities that became affiliated through formation of the Big 12 Athletic Conference. The Big 12 Faculty Fellowship Program offers faculty the opportunity to travel to member institutions to exchange ideas and research. Click here for more information.

Vice President for Research

Publication Subvention Grants Programs
  • An endowment has been formed from the proceeds of the sale of the ISU Press to support publication efforts on the ISU campus. Specifically, the endowment is to be used to help assure publication, in the appropriate medium, of meritorious scholarly writings and other worthy original works of the Iowa State University faculty and staff and selected others.

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Bailey Research Career Development Award
  • This award was established with a generous estate gift from Carl A. and Grace A. Bailey. Mr. Bailey was an ISU alum of our electrical engineering program and a long-time employee of General Electric before retiring to Arizona. The overall goal of this award is to foster research that is innovative (outside of an established research program) and not only increases knowledge but also has practical applications. It is expected that the Bailey award will allow faculty to devote time toward high-risk, high-impact research addressing emerging scientific, technical and/or societal problems resulting in practical applications and, in appropriate disciplines, extramural funding. Click here for more information.

Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)

  • Miller Faculty Fellowship Program for 2014 – 2015
  • The Miller Faculty Development Fund was made possible by the generosity of F. Wendell Miller, who left his entire estate jointly to Iowa State University and the University of Iowa. For 2014–2015, the Miller Fellowships will provide faculty with opportunities to enhance their scholarly work in the undergraduate academic programs of the university and to develop innovative approaches to enhance student learning.

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  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Scholars Program
  • The purpose of the SoTL Scholars Program is development of a SoTL project. The year-long-experience will focus on writing research questions for classroom-based research, quantitative and qualitative assessment techniques, and the types of evidence that can be used to help answer SoTL research questions. Faculty participants receive guidance from the Associate Director of CELT and fellow SoTL Scholars program participants. Click here for more information.

Faculty Senate

  • Foreign Travel Grant Program
  • Financial support for university-related travel to foreign countries, in some instances, may be obtained through the Foreign Travel Grant Program.

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CEAH Past Awards and Research Grants

Jean Goodwin

Michael Dahlstrom

Jean Goodwin and Michael Dahlstrom are recipients of the 2011 CEAH Seed Grant Award for their work, "Science Communciation Ethics: Research and Teaching Case Studies of Advocacy and Spin"

Science and Communication @ ISU

Mary Swander

Dennis Chamberlin

Mary Swander and Dennis Chamberlin are recipients of the 2011 CEAH Seed Grant Award for their work, "Vang: Documenting Immigrant Farmers"

Debra Satterfield

Debra Satterfield is a recipient of the 2011 CEAH Seed Grant Award for her work, "Play IT: Educational Play Experiences for Children with Cognitive and Physical Disabilities"

For a more in-depth look into their research read the
Inside Iowa State article.