Whitburn Center
2024 Faculty Funding Opportunities


The Whitburn Center for Governance and Policy Research aims to build local government, nonprofit, and community capacity to promote the common good. Our programs are 100 percent externally funded through a combination of private donations, competitive research grants, and fee-for-service revenues. 

We are pleased to announce this call for two externally sponsored initiatives for faculty funding. Each focuses on supporting Community-Engaged Scholarship, such as teaching and research activities performed in equitable, mutually beneficial collaboration with a public/nonprofit partner to fulfill campus and community objectives. The funding opportunities include: 

Community-Engaged Research Fellowship Application: https://forms.gle/4N1RQdaSp9cJtLre9

This initiative aims to foster the Wisconsin Idea by funding partnerships between UWO scholars and public or nonprofit organizations. Such collaboration may include co-designing research questions to solve problems, evaluating policies, and creating programs that affect the lives of the broader community, to name a few.  

Two fellows will be selected, providing up to $12,500 in support for each project. At the completion of their projects, fellows will be asked to provide a technical report for publication on the Whitburn Center website. Application requirements include:

  1. Project Description: Background, objectives, involvement of public or nonprofit partner(s), methodology, anticipated outcomes, and bibliography (5-page max) 
  2. Project Timeline: The start date for projects should be in the Summer of 2024. Funding will be available through the Spring of 2025. (1-page max) 
  3. Budget: Provide all estimated expenses for the project, such as personnel costs (e.g. Compensation for Additional Service (CAS) or course releases), student research assistance, supplies/materials, etc. Include a brief budget justification of each expense. (2-page max) 
  4. Abbreviated curriculum vitae(s): (2-page max) 

Community-Engaged Course Development Stipend Application: https://forms.gle/URBxfeQCRPN6X9gF6

This opportunity aims to support relationships between UWO faculty, students, and public/nonprofit organizations. The stipend is open to instructors who integrate community-engaged pedagogy into a course to advance civic understanding. Such practices may include, but are not limited to inviting guest speakers to class, service-learning projects, community-based student research, field trips to a public or nonprofit organization, and more. 

Ten stipends of up to $500 will be awarded based on an application and course syllabus. Courses must include activities or assignments that engage at least one public or nonprofit organization. The course must be taught between Spring 2024 – Spring 2025.  

Both new and existing courses are eligible. Preference will be given to instructors who are teaching the course for the first time (even if it is an existing course). 

Eligibility and Review Process 

All continuing faculty and academic staff holding full-time, 9-month academic year appointments are eligible. Applicants may be individual faculty members or faculty teams. We are especially interested in projects that focus on engaging with public or nonprofit partners that support historically underserved communities. Proposals will be evaluated using an anonymous review process. Please remove any identifiers that may reveal the applicant(s) identity. 

Application Timeline
  • Early January 2024: Call for proposals opens. 
  • January 10, 2024: An informational webinar will be held to provide an overview of the funding opportunities and answer applicant questions. Register here. 
  • February 19, 2024: Applications are due by 11:59pm (CT).
  • March 1, 2024: Notifications will be sent to all applicants. 

Contact the Whitburn Center at whitburncenter@uwosh.edu with any questions.