The University of the South supports faculty who wish to be active scholars and researchers through a full-service grants office staffed by two professional grants officers. In addition, faculty have access to internal funds, which can be used to prepare for the more competitive external funding, as well as university-funded sabbaticals and fellowships. Contact the Dean of the College, the Dean of the School of Theology, or your department chair to learn about University-funded fellowships and sabbatical leaves.
Sewanee maintains a sponsored research office that helps you navigate the complex task of finding and applying for a grant. The Sponsored Research Office manages external funding sources, and grants officers Pollyanne Frantz and Tom Sanders provide numerous services, from discovering grant opportunities to helping write, edit, and submit grants as your authorized organizational representatives. Follow links in the navigation menu for faculty research above to learn more about the process and how we can help you. Beginning early is a key to success, so even if you are not aware of a specific opportunity or direction, contact
Pollyanne Frantz, if you are interested in faculty grants
Tom Sanders, if you are interested in a programmatic grant
See our helpful guide, How to Get a Grant, to launch your search for funding.
Internal funds are available from
- The Center for Teaching
The Center for Teaching offers two kinds of grants. “Mini-grants” are for $500 or less and may be used to enhance your classes. These have funded small field trips, food, speakers, materials, etc. You may apply for these on a rolling basis by emailing Betsy or Jordan.
Center for Teaching grants of more than $500 will be awarded in two cycles: some in the fall (for spring projects) and some in the spring (for summer/fall projects). These will be competitive, and they will be awarded for teaching innovation. The CfT advisory board (without the CfT directors) will be responsible for awarding these grants; once their criteria are solidified and proposal due dates are set, they will send out an email announcement with guidelines and instructions. Learn More
- Internal Faculty Research Grants
- Kennedy Fellowship
- McCrickard Faculty Development Fund
- the project has great potential impact, whether on a significant number of students, for a significant number of faculty, and/or over a significant period of time
- the project reflects excellence, and generates recognition, at a national or international level.
- Suitable projects will also, in most cases, align with the broad directions set out in the 2012 Strategic Plan.