Way Klingler Research Awards

Information about the 2021-22 application guidelines for the three types of grants that are awarded to Marquette faculty as part of the Way Klingler Faculty Development Program is located below. The development program features a series of awards intended to advance research and scholarship and was made possible through an $18 million donation from Helen Way Klingler announced in May 2004.

Way Klingler Fellowship

Given to full-time regular faculty at the associate or full professor rank with significant scholarship and higher potential. Faculty will be nominated by academic deans or self-nominated with dean endorsement. Based upon a recommendation from the selection committee, Way Klingler Fellowships will be awarded in two categories, labeled “science” or “humanities/social sciences.” Science applicants are those with a track record of strong research funding whose research requires higher-expense items, such as, equipment, supplies and research staff. Typically, those from the natural sciences, engineering and biomedical science would address this category. Humanities/social science applicants are those with a national recognition for scholarship whose critical research requirements may be time, access to information and travel. Typically, those from the humanities, communication, business administration, education and many areas designated as social sciences would address this category. In some social science areas and disciplines such as nursing, it may be possible to address either category depending on the specific research focus. The selection of category is thus not one set by discipline but, rather, determined by the applicant.

Recognizing the varied but considerable impact Covid-19 has had on many research programs, the Committee on Research has opted for a novel approach to the competition for the 2021-2022 academic year in order to support more faculty in the immediate term.  The changes defined below will only apply to next year, and the Committee will review the impact of this shift on support for research programs, grantsmanship, and publications (i.e. the goals of this internal grant) in making recommendations for the future.  Changes are indicated in italics.

The Way Klingler Fellowship is intended to advance the research of Marquette senior faculty.  Four awards will be made in 2021. Two Way Klingler Science/Engineering Fellows will be supported for one year with grants of $25,000 each. Two Way Klingler Humanities/Social Sciences Fellows will be supported for one year with grants of $10,000 each. 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.  Final selection will be made by the designated selection committee.

As in the past, each nomination sent forward from the college/school must be nominated by his or her dean. Applications must indicate for which of the awards (sciences or humanities) the faculty member is being nominated.  Candidates should be full-time regular faculty at the associate or full professor rank.  Candidates must have a record of sustained scholarly activity.  The strength of the research record, the significance of the research, and the potential for major impact of the award are key criteria in selection.  In addition, the Committee has waived the restriction that past recipients cannot be considered again until ten years after their original award date, recognizing the more limited nature of funding for this current fellowship.  The Committee will still take into account prior funding awards when making decisions, although it also will consider how this fellowship will advance specific research programs.

Application deadline for submission by the deans is February 15, 2021. (Check with your dean’s office to confirm the college application deadline.)

Download the application. 

To provide the opportunity for as many faculty as possible to benefit from the Way Klingler Fellowship, the Committee on Research voted to restrict past recipients from being considered again until 10 years after their original award date.

Way Klingler Early Career Awards

Supports promising new scholars in critical stages of their careers. Up to four awards will be given for 2021-22 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. Application deadline for submission is February 8th, 2021. (Check with your dean’s office to confirm the college application deadline.)

Download the application.