Research Facilitation Fund

The School of Social Work announces a call for proposals for the Doctoral Research Facilitation Fund.  The Fund is intended to foster and support a research-oriented academic culture within the PhD program.  The proposal process encourages doctoral students to model and meet the requirements for succeeding in competition for funds by defining a problem, a research project, a budget, and a timeline to complete a research project.  The award supports student initiated and led research projects.

Up to two awards of $2,000 may be made during the 2023-24 academic year.  Doctoral students are eligible for the funds at any time in their doctoral program.  Students may receive this award once during their tenure in the PhD program and are encouraged to use the award as support for activities directly related to dissertation or other research activities.  This includes stipends for participant recruitment and engagement, study participation, or other research related costs such as software, purchase of measures, translation costs, or expenses for data analysis.

The identified research project is expected to contribute to the scholarly, policy and/or practice literature in the social work profession.  A sub-committee of the Doctoral Committee will select award recipients.  Funds will be awarded based on review of the following materials submitted by applicants:

  • A current Curriculum Vita
  • A proposal of up to 1,000 words that contains the following:
    • Overview: Summarize the planned research project, including the social problem/issue being addressed, proposed research methodology, and planned theoretical orientation (approximately 750 words);
    • Impact: Identify the expected contribution your research will make to your larger (dissertation) research objectives as well as to the existing literature and social work profession (approximately 250 words).
  • Budget and Justification: Provide a detailed budget and identify how the award will support the research project and the justification for each budget item (no more than one page).
  • Timeline: Provide a timeline for the completion of the research project (no more than one page).

Students may only receive one of the following awards in a given academic year: The Research Facilitation Fund, Dissertation Research Fellowship, Dissertation Writing Fellowship, or the Vivian Michaelson Fellowship.

Deadline for applications is 5:00 pm on Wednesday, May 1, 2024.

Applications should be submitted in PDF format to Drs. Scott Harding ( and Cristina Wilson ( Questions about the award should be directed to Scott Harding, PhD Program Co-Director.