Funding Opportunities

updated 10/30/2019

College Funding

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.




Spring 2020 deadline for
Archie, Faculty Development,
and Summer Research Funding

Deadline has passed;
awards are in process.

Fall 2020 deadline for
Archie and Faculty Development Funding

Monday, October 5, 2020

Spring 2021 deadline for
Archie, Faculty Development,
and Summer Research Funding

Friday, February 12, 2021

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

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. 

The Archie Fund (maximum award $6,000)

The Archie award provides support for primary research and research travel domestically and internationally in the College. Archie funding is typically used to support extensive research to be conducted either over the summer or during a paid Reynolds or Junior research leave.

The Faculty Development Fund (maximum award $3,000)

The Faculty Development Fund is designated to support projects or activities that will enhance teaching or contribute to the development of a scholarly or creative research project. Activities that are supported by Faculty Development Funds include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Conference travel (preference is given to those presenting scholarly or creative work or participating in the conference program)
  • Workshops or symposia: support for acquisition of specialized skills or knowledge of new methods, theories or technologies that will enhance teaching research or creative activities
  • Conferences or workshops to enhance student-centered teaching in the disciplines
  • Activities to support or enhance collaborative or interdisciplinary teaching content or research
  • Support for linking teaching, scholarship or creative activity to public engagement or community partnerships.
Summer Research Award (Award amount $6,000)

This highly competitive award will be made available to a maximum of three (3) faculty members per summer. The College awards committee will select awardees based on the merits of the project, which may be conducted on or off the Wake Forest campus. The successful applicants will receive funding in June. Projects must be in advanced stages of development and execution to be considered. Applications must include: a project prospectus summarizing the project and explaining its significance to the field; a copy of the manuscript or project in its current state; and an explicit research plan and timeline for completing the project during the summer months. The summer research award is intended to recognize the promise and importance of advanced research and to provide unencumbered research time in the summer to focus exclusively on completing a significant project. Faculty members holding this award are ineligible for summer teaching or other university related activities that would divert time and attention from completing the research or creative project.

Book Development Grant (maximum award $2,500)

The purpose of this grant is to provide supportive, critical feedback and publication advice during the book manuscript preparation and pre-submission phase. Faculty members may apply to bring a top scholar, book editor, or series editor to campus to workshop book proposals and chapters of work in progress, and to provide mentoring on publishing in the discipline. Departments or groups of scholars from sub-disciplines may also consider inviting scholars or editors to campus to provide a Q and A session on publishing in the discipline and to provide a group workshop on selected book proposals and sample chapters. Guest scholars and editors must be traveling from within the continental United States. Award funds are available to pay for transportation, room, board and honorarium for the visiting scholar or editor. Grant proposals must include the book proposal(s), a sample chapter, a summary of the progress on the manuscript to date, the name and CV of the proposed scholar or editor, a summary evaluation of what qualifies the person to provide expert critical feedback on the proposed project, the applicant’s CV, and a detailed budget.

The Research and Publication Fund

This fund supports costs associated with the publication of faculty scholarly or creative activities. The fund may be used to offset the cost of obtaining permissions, reproducing photographs or other images, transcribing interviews, or, occasionally, of indexing. The fund may not be used to pay for editors.

College Course Enhancement (maximum of $20/student or $500 total)

The College Course Enhancement fund has been exhausted for 2019-2020.

This fund is provided to assist faculty members with expenses associated with regularly scheduled fall or spring classes.  Funds may be used to offset expenses that enhance students’ academic experience in the classroom through travel, admission and performance fees, or other academic-specified activities. Funds may not be used as an honorarium.  Proposals will be evaluated on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted.

Living-Learning Community Course Enhancement
(maximum of $10/student or $250 total)

The Office of the Dean of Wake Forest College and Residence Life & Housing have allocated funding to assist faculty with expenses anticipated with a regularly scheduled academic class that is designated a Living-Learning Community. The Fund may be applied to offset expenses that enhance the students’ LLC experience through such activities as travel, admission and performance fees, or other activities that serve the purpose of enhancing community in a way that is connected to course content. Although requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis, funds ordinarily may not be used for expenses associated with faculty-student meals, gift cards, or prizes. Funds must be requested prior to and approved before expenditures are made.



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!


Make sure you are applying for the right fund.  The Archie Fund is “for primary research and research travel domestically and internationally in the College.”  This is narrower in scope than the Faculty Development Fund, which can be used for a variety of professional purposes, including conference presentations, workshops to acquire specific research or pedagogical skills, support for engaged research or teaching, and collaborative research or teaching efforts.

Make sure that you have already used your department funds and the Provost’s Fund for Faculty Travel.  The Provost’s Fund, $1,000 per person per year (first-come first-serve), can be used for conference travel and, if your chair vouches for you, “other non-conference research related travel.”  The Archie and FacDev funds require that you have already used up department and Provost’s funding sources.  Also, make sure you explain on your Archie/FacDev application that you have already used those funds, or that you have requested them and have included them in your budget on this application.  Otherwise, we may award you $1,000 less than you are requesting, on the assumption that you have $1,000 available from the Provost’s Fund.

Do not simply dump a proposal you’ve written for another application into this one.  We love learning about your research and creative activities, but if you just give us your entire project/book proposal/grant narrative, we will have difficulties identifying the specific purpose you’re requesting funding for.  Instead, tell us what you’re requesting funds for and how that thing will benefit your larger project.  Telling us why the activity you want funded is important, that’s helpful, too.

Answer all the questions on the application.  If you are not filling out one of the items, simply explain why not.

Be specific.  This is true for your budget — tell us where you are going, how many days/nights, how your transportation expenses break down — as well as for your project description.  It also goes for your past funding: don’t say “multiple years” of funding for a range of dollar amounts, but tell us the actual years and actual amounts funded.  Even better, give us a short (few words) description of what the funding was for and what the outcomes were!

Make sure your budget adds up.  If you have indicated that you’ve requested Provost’s Fund support for this project, add a line into the budget to account for that money, so that the “Total Requested” line in your application equals the actual amount you are requesting from us.

Make sure to include your CV.  Remind your chair that your CV needs to be included when they forward on your application.  (Also, ask your chair to read the Tips for Chairs, below!)


Your letter of support is crucial for our evaluation.  If you don’t write a thoughtful letter, we have a much harder time judging the merit of the project.

Please check one of the three boxes on the form (“fund,” “partially fund,” or “do not fund”).

Please include the applicant’s supporting materials when you forward them on (CV, conference program, etc.).  Every applicant must submit a CV, so every application will include at least one supporting material.  Please combine the application and the supporting materials into one pdf.

If your department/program is submitting more than one application total, we ask that you write to Tony Marsh to rank the applications from highest to lowest priority for funding.  (If you yourself are an applicant, you don’t need to rank your own application.)  We evaluate applications on merit above all, but if we receive more meritorious applications than there are funds available, we have to decide how to apportion those funds, and your input will be extremely helpful.


The URECA Fund for Facilitating Faculty-Student Scholarship ($250 per student)

This fund provides support to faculty who wish to engage Wake Forest undergraduate students in their scholarly pursuits during the academic year, within the context of individually mentored projects such as directed readings, independent study, or Honors thesis projects.  To qualify, the project must be directly mentored by a Wake Forest faculty member, and the student must receive academic credit for the scholarly endeavor.

It is not the purpose of this fund to provide monies for coursework that is part of a faculty member’s regular teaching load, or that is a required part of the curriculum for any major, minor, or program. Support for such regular coursework should be provided by the department or program.  Applications for support  will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Contact Wayne Pratt with your questions.

URECA Center Fund in Support of Department/Program Events (maximum of $200 per department/program per year)

In the spirit of promoting undergraduate mentored scholarship, the URECA Center invites departments and programs to request up to $200 per department/program per year to facilitate events that showcase research and creative projects. Departmental representatives are asked to submit a brief (one paragraph) request with budget and expected number of participants to Tammy Burke Griffin. Requests will be considered as they are submitted.

Travel Forms & Guidelines

International travel forms – Travel forms, including permission to travel internationally, are provided on this site. Remember, international travel requires that forms be submitted one month in advance of the travel.

Click here for updated information on the financial decision process related to international travel.

Other Funding Sources and Information
Course Development through the Teaching and Learning Collaborative
  • Departmental Teaching Initiative Fund: financial support of up to $1,500 per academic year to support efforts around teaching initiative and exploration (applications accepted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year).
  • Faculty Teaching Development Fund: financial support of up to $1,500 per academic year to assist faculty in enhancing their teaching skills or in developing innovative teaching projects (applications accepted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year).