Early-career faculty were not prepared for external fellowships
Through an internal grant program at the University of South Alabama (USA), faculty members could receive $5,000 in research funding for a small project. Research leadership did not feel like the money was achieving institutional goals of preparing early-career faculty to apply for external funding or fellowships, even though faculty were actively applying for the program and using the funding.
University of South Alabama redesigns their internal grant program
The Vice President for Research attended an Executive Roundtable for EAB’s University Research Forum and saw the presentation Helping Faculty Achieve their Full Research Potential. After participating in the discussion with peers, the Vice President restructured the existing internal grant program at USA as a Fellows Program. The redesigned program prepares targeted early-career faculty to submit external proposals using three specific tactics from EAB’s white paper 10 Components of Successful Research Mentoring Programs.
3 strategies to structure support for early-career faculty
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