The College of Arts and Sciences provides a limited number of summer fellowships to tenure-track or term faculty. The stipend amount is currently $7,000, similar to the Vice President of Research/Junior Faculty Research Council Award. An eligible faculty member should apply for, and accept, the Research Council grant if it is offered. A faculty member receiving either award is expected to make a minimum one-month commitment to the research described in their proposal during the summer. Other research, projects or teaching commitments etc. should be scheduled accordingly.

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Cover sheet for Junior Faculty Research Program (VPR)
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Any tenure-track or renewable term faculty member in the College as of the deadline is eligible to submit a proposal for this competition. However, if you are eligible for the Research Council’s Junior Faculty Research Program, you must apply to that program in order to be eligible for the College program. If you are not successful in applying to the Research Council program, forward your proposal to the College of Arts and Sciences to be entered in its review process. If you are not eligible to apply for the VPR/Research Council grant, submit your application directly to the College of Arts and Sciences.

There is a limit of two such college awards per faculty member over their years of eligibility. If you have won awards in the past, but have since switched to a tenure-track position, please notify Cassie Zaccarelli ( Also, one condition of accepting a Junior Faculty Summer Fellowship is that the faculty member agrees to remain with the University of Oklahoma for at least one academic year after the summer of the award. 


The Research Council competition application deadline is January 4, 2018.

The deadline for receipt of Junior Faculty Summer Research proposals in the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office is March 9, 2018.

If college funding is awarded, a final report (no more than two pages) specifying the outcome of the project or activity must be submitted to Cassie Zaccarelli, September 1 of the same calendar year. 

Application Procedures:

An eligible faculty member should apply for, and accept, the Research Council grant if it is offered. Those who have applied to the Research Council and are not funded may simply forward their JFF application to the Dean's office via email ( A limited amount of time to modify the original proposal to enhance its prospects for college funding is allowed.

Those ineligible to apply for Research Council fellowships should use the College application forms (which are very similar to the Research Council forms) provided above. It is mandatory that proposals are written in language that can be understood by faculty and students outside your field. Avoid jargon as much as possible. Line spacing must not be smaller than 1.5 lines, font size must be at least 11 points, and 1” margins must be used. All parts of the application must be typed.

Applications must be submitted electronically as a single PDF document to Cassie Zaccarelli at The following materials should be submitted:

  1. Application Cover Sheet
  2. Abstract (no more than 250 words)
  3. Project Description (5-page limit) – a proposal which describes the research plan and how this plan relates to the applicant’s research development goals. This is the same format as the Research Council guideline.
  4. Career Impact Statement (1-page limit)
  5. Budget and Justification (1-page limit)
  6. Current Curriculum Vitae (no page limit)
  7. Letter of endorsement from the department chair/director. This letter must identify what additional support services (i.e., secretarial director, research assistant, laboratory equipment, supplies) the department will provide.
  8. Description of plans for review from IRB, IACUC, etc., if appropriate.

Evaluation of Proposals:

Proposals will be evaluated and rated by the A&S Support of Teaching and Research Committee, which makes its recommendations to the Dean. The Support of Teaching and Research Committee is an elected committee whose membership (faculty plus student representatives) changes somewhat from year to year, and its views about priorities will vary accordingly in light of changes in membership. Based on past committee evaluations of proposals submitted, we suggest that your chances for being funded increase if you follow the application procedures outlined above. The College of Arts and Sciences will announce its awards after the announcement of the Research Council awards, with time for subsequent College of Arts and Sciences decisions. Applications that are received without a letter of endorsement from the department chair will not be considered.

Examples of successful proposals are available in the Dean's office in Ellison Hall room 319. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Associate Dean Georgia Kosmopoulou in the Dean's office at 325-4645 or