The Center for the Study of the College Fraternity and the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors makes available small grants to researchers engaged in the study of aspects of fraternity life that have the potential to enhance the educational value of the fraternity experience. Grants have ranged from $200 to $1,000. Grant applications include four parts: (1) a letter of application; (2) a summary of the proposed research; (3) a letter of support from a faculty member or colleague familiar with the applicant and the proposed area of research; and, (4) a budget for the project, indicating how funds requested from the Center will be used.
Letter of Application
The letter of application should briefly outline the research project, justify the request for funds, and describe the applicant's credentials.
Summary of Proposed Research
The summary of the research project should be between three and five single-spaced, typed pages and should deal explicitly with each of the following:
• warrant or need for the study
• purpose of the study
• conceptual framework
• method(s) and data sources
• potential significance of the findings
Letter of Support
The letter of support should speak to the originality, value, and rigor of the proposed project, and the applicant's qualifications to successfully complete the project. If the applicant is enrolled in a graduate program, the letter of support must be from the student's faculty advisor.
The budget should include as much detail as possible. Grants will not be awarded to cover the cost of a consultant or the payment of academic credit hours.
Applications are welcome at any time. Submissions will be reviewed twice a year, in late spring and late fall. The application deadline for the spring review is May 1 and for the fall review November 1.
All materials should be sent to:
Steve Veldkamp, Executive Director