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Faculty Internal Funding

  • Awards in Student Mentoring Excellence
  • Faculty Research Support Grant

Grant Writing Support: Resources and Consultant

Faculty members are encouraged to use these contracted consulting services which include (a) grant-writing training sessions and one-on-one consultations in person or remotely by Dr. Ralph Pollack and (b) application consultation and editing services by Ms. Louise Wides. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Pollack or Ms. Wides, please contact Anita Brown at or 202-885-6333. Questions regarding funding opportunities can be directed to or 202-885-3440.

Awards for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring

2017 Award For Excellence In Doctoral Student Mentoring

Todd Eisenstadt
Department of Government
School of Public Affairs

2017 Award for Excellence in Master's Student Mentoring

Anthony Ahrens
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences

We congratulate these award winners!


The Awards in Mentoring Excellence. competitive awards recognize excellence in the mentoring of master's and doctoral students. Each award will include a stipend of $1,000.00. Applications may be submitted by faculty in all of American University's academic units (CAS, KSB, SIS, SOC, SOE, SPA, SPExS and WCL). All full-time faculty members (tenure earning, tenured, and term) are eligible to apply for consideration for either award.

For the Award for Excellence in Doctoral Student Mentoring, preference will be given to a faculty member who emphasizes research-related mentoring. For the Award for Excellence in Master's Student Mentoring, applicants may emphasize either research mentoring or professional mentoring activities.

Applicants are eligible to apply for one or both awards.

The next application period will be announced in November 2017. Please scroll down to get the FY18 Faculty Mentoring Awards Announcement and Cover Page.

Faculty Research Support Grants

The Office of the Provost provides competitive internal research grants to support faculty research, scholarship, professional and creative activities. All full-time tenured or tenure earning faculty and all term faculty are eligible to submit proposals. The Washington College of Law faculty are not eligible for this particular funding opportunity, unless they are part of a group of faculty from other academic units at AU.

The awards are intended to provide financial support for the direct costs of pilot research studies, demonstration projects, feasibility studies or other forms of proof of concept, to enable faculty members to leverage the results and apply for external funds to support their research, scholarship or creative activities.

Download the full application from Sharepoint HERE. You will need to sign in using your AU login information. 

Cover Page
Final Report (for completion upon end of grant)

For more information about these internal funding opportunities for faculty, please contact Anita Brown at 202.885-6333 or