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Research @ AU

Known as a college-centered research university, AU values scholar-teachers who are fully engaged both in research and in undergraduate and graduate teaching.

American University, a Carnegie-classified research university, is deeply committed to creating knowledge, including creative and professional activity, in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and the professions. We strongly support research by our students and faculty.

Whether you are a student looking for project funding or a faculty member looking to communicate research impact, this site offers various resources to assist with research at AU. Please take a minute to look around the site to learn more about the exciting, innovative, and inspiring research taking place at American University.  

Grants For Faculty

The Office of the Provost provides competitive internal research grants to support faculty research, scholarship, professional and creative activities. The application for Faculty Research Support Grants are open until January 27, 2020.

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Research Highlights

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Examining the Impact of Charter Schools on Growing Income Segregation

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What Can a Small Worm Teach Us About Climate Adaptation?

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Evidence Shows Costly Superfund Cleanup Worth the Investment

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Recent Publications

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How Social Class is Tied to Citizen Satisfaction with Schools: What Can Be Learned from Korea

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How the Alt-Right Happened

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Antiracism in Action: Ibram Kendi Offers Hard Truths and Real Solutions

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American University has 44 Research Centers & Institutes

Over $33M in sponsored research grants

12 Fulbright student scholars