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Liberal Arts Scholarship Catalyst Grants Program

About the Program

In September 2016 the College launched its Strategic Plan 2020. One of our top priorities in the plan is “enhancing the scholarly profile of College faculty and students while affirming the teacher-scholar model and celebrating the broad range of scholarship, artistic production, and performance present in the College.” The College’s STEM Catalyst and Liberal Arts Catalyst Programs are two important investments we’re making in faculty scholarship.

The College now offers the Liberal Arts Scholarship Catalyst (LASC) Grants program to support faculty scholarship in the liberal arts. This includes scholarship from the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts divisions of the College.

The Liberal Arts Scholarship Catalyst (LASC) Grants Program will make available, on a competitive basis, funds for scholarly and creative work that shows clear potential for increasing the faculty member’s research productivity and advancing professional goals, including the pursuit of external funding and application for promotion. Given existing sources of research support for tenure-track faculty, most notably Research Council Seed Grants, and the dearth of comparable internal programs for tenured faculty, Liberal Arts Catalyst grants are limited to tenured faculty in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts divisions of the College. Grants will support work that will take place this summer and next academic year.


The application deadline is January 31. Awards will be announced by February 14.

Call for Applications (pdf) >

Budget Template (xlsx) >

Contact Us

Interested faculty may direct questions to their chairperson or Associate Dean Donald Pair.

Donald Pair
Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Research and Experiential Initiatives
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