Edward D. Simmons Religious Commitment Fund
Available to Marquette staff, faculty and administrators, the Edward D. Simmons Religious Commitment Fund distributes modest grants (generally $500 to $2,500) to finance small projects or provide seed money for programs or events that deepen the religious nature of Marquette University. Because the grants are relatively small, it is essential that the funds be clearly targeted toward creative projects with obvious implications for the religious character of the institution.


Curriculum Enhancement Grants are awarded to support faculty research and introduce new courses or revise continuing courses that address issues of cultural diversity.

Diversity Grants
The Ralph H. Metcalfe, Sr. Chair is an opportunity to bring prominent faculty, scholars and professionals of diverse backgrounds to campus, to highlight their contributions and/or professional scholarly work.

The Excellence in Diversity Grants are available to all faculty, staff and administrators and are designed to contribute to projects that increase Marquette's commitment to diversity.

Way Klingler Fellowship
The Way Klingler Fellowship is intended to advance the research of Marquette senior faculty. The Way Klingler Science Fellow will be supported for three years with an annual grant of $50,000. The Way Klingler Humanities Fellow will be supported for three years with an annual grant of $20,000. The awardees to be designated Way Klingler Fellows will be selected from among candidates nominated by deans of the various Marquette University Colleges and Schools.

Way Klingler Young Scholar Award
The purpose of the Way Klingler Young Scholar award is to support promising young scholars in critical stages of their careers. Up to four awards will be given to full-time regular junior faculty in the three years following their third year review. The awards are intended to fund $2,000 in operating cost and to cover a portion of salary to afford the recipient a one-semester release from teaching. Individuals will be selected by the Committee on Research.

Way Klingler Teaching Enhancement Award
The Way Klingler Teaching Enhancement Award is intended to foster the development of effective and sustainable changes and innovations in teaching approaches within specific courses or clusters of courses. This annual award is given to a team of two or more faculty to develop, implement and evaluate a specific teaching project. One award of up to $20,000 will be given to the selected project team for one fiscal year. Each year the Provost and Committee on Teaching may identify a particular area of higher priority for projects that meet strategic academic goals to enhance teaching and learning at Marquette.

Academic Year 2015-2016

Faculty development awards for conference travel:

Faculty development awards (FDA) are administered through the Office of Research and Innovation. Faculty are eligible for one FDA travel request per academic year and must be presenting their research/performance/exhibition or creative activity at a state, regional, national, or international conference to which their submissions have been accepted.

Application Guidelines

For fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016), the maximum amount of awards will be:

Additional support of travel funded through the Committee on Research's Regular Research Grants (RRG) competition:

Travel to conduct research (e.g. field work, visiting archives, or working with a collaborator at another site) is an allowed budget item in the RRG program. Proposals are due Thursday, September 24, 2015 and guidelines are posted at .

Program to support travel of faculty on sabbatical during 2015-2016:

Sabbaticals provide opportunities for faculty to potentially explore new areas of scholarship and could be enhanced by travel that does not fall under the FDA or RRG program guidelines. For example, attending a conference in a different discipline, without making a presentation, could provide an opportunity to interact with potential collaborators or learn more about emerging scholarship. A program for sabbatical travel support will be supported during 2015-2016. A one-page application indicating the proposed travel plans, the purpose of the trip, and relationship to the sabbatical plan should be submitted. Proposals will be reviewed for two deadlines: September 11, 2015 and December 2, 2015 in order to provide flexibility and opportunity for Fall or Spring semester travel. Awards will typically be in the range of conference travel funds described above. Additional details can be found at







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