College Funding

Updated 3/25/2024

Wake Forest College provides funding to support and enhance the professional activities and growth of teacher-scholars. Development funds are organized to support the various phases of project development and completion. Please see descriptions below to discern the fund most appropriate to the needs of your project. Awards from all funds are competitive. Proposals are reviewed twice annually (once per semester) by a Faculty Funding Committee appointed and chaired by the Senior Associate Dean of Faculty. Award announcements are typically shared within one month of the submission deadline. Proposals for projects involving travel should therefore be submitted by the deadline preceding the intended travel.

All proposals for Archie, Faculty Development, Summer Research Awards, Book Development Grants, and Research & Publication Funding must be accompanied by a supporting statement or letter from the department chair.

Before submitting, please read the Helpful Hints section.

Faculty seeking to present their scholarship at professional conferences should use funding from the following sources in the following order:

  1. Departmental Faculty Development Funds
  2. Provost’s Travel Fund
  3. College Faculty Development Funds


The Fall 2024 deadline for Archie, Faculty Development, and Research & Experiential Learning applications:
Monday, October 7, 2024

The Spring 2025 deadline
for Archie, Faculty Development, and Research & Experiential Learning applications as well as Summer Research proposals:
Friday, February 14, 2025

Research & Publication, Book Development, and Course Enhancement requests are accepted on a rolling basis.

All applications should be
submitted electronically to
Leigh Anne Robinson
with application, CV, and any supplementary documentation combined into a single PDF.

Typically, these funds should be adequate to support travel to give 2-3 conference presentations per academic year, depending on the cost per trip. Requests to fund conference travel in excess of these norms will be considered only when the conference presents an exceptional opportunity. Faculty should be selective in considering which conferences and symposia will be most valuable for them to attend. Faculty wishing to attend a conference at which they are not presenting original work, chairing a session, or serving as respondents may seek reimbursement for 50% of the related travel. This guideline applies whether funding is sought at the departmental, College, or Provost’s level. 

Helpful Hints


The Faculty Funding Committee is made up of one regular faculty member from each division and advises the Senior Associate Dean of Faculty (Anthony Marsh) on funding decisions.  In other words: the people reading your application are a lot like you — and so when we read applications, we are generally reading them in the same way you might read applications.

We have come up with the tips below from the experience of actually going through applications, so everything we recommend here derives from specific issues that have arisen during our deliberations.  Our goal is to support faculty research as fully as our funds allow.  Following these tips will help us say yes to fully funding your project!