Institute for Research & Scholarship

Butler Awards Committee

Internal Grants for Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (qualitative research methods)

The BAC promotes faculty research in all disciplines and recognizes that scholarly activity can take different forms across disciplines. Fundamentally, we begin with a premise or assumption that scholarship is work that advances knowledge.  We consider basic or applied research in a discipline, or reflective analysis of another's research as a traditional path or outcome, but there are numerous other starting points, approaches and products of scholarly activity. Scholarship is more broadly understood as scholarly activity such as, but not limited to:

  • Music composition and performance, dance choreography, theater production and performance, literature criticism and creative writing (e.g. poetry, short story, non-fiction novels), educational research on curriculum and pedagogy, human subjects research, basic or applied research in business, economics, communication (e.g. journalism, documentaries, social media), art (e.g. visual, video, performance, installations, design).

It could involve the collection of original data (through interviews, surveys or other methods); the analysis of data; reviewing, analyzing, and/or translating/interpreting original texts or objects of art or antiquity; the creation of an original work. While final products might vary, in the broadest sense a proposal for funding needs to be clear to reviewers both within and outside the discipline. Keep in mind the following: 

  • A statement of need, artistic opportunity, gap in the literature, or research question. Frame the topic to convey its importance, or urgency.
  • Approach to the work - describe how you will conduct the work and why your approach is appropriate. If your work involves travel, explain why it is critical to your endeavor.
  • Outcomes of the work - aspires to and demonstrates action toward a peer reviewed or juried product appropriate to the field - for example: a published article, book chapter, or book; a conference presentation and article; a performance; a performance and recording of the presented work; a finished piece of art and gallery presentation. 

Who May Submit Proposals

  • Research grants: eligible faculty who are in a tenure-track or tenured position at the time of the grant award.
  • All full-time faculty are eligible for Short Course/Workshop Attendance Grants, Instructional Development Grants, Mini-Grants, and Travel-to-Present Grants as long as they are employed in a full-time status at the time of the grant award.

If you are trying to decide whether your application should be submitted to the BAC or the HAC, please contact either the Chair of BAC or HAC, who can help you decide the most appropriate committee for your proposal. 

The BAC Funding History

2009-2013 (fellowships and research grants)

  • Total proposals submitted - 103
  • Total proposals funded - 65
  • Average award - $3,999


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