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Chancellor’s Grants for Faculty Research

Contact Information

Hannah Schmidt
Office of Research and Engagement
E-mail: hschmidt@utk.edu 


The Office of Research and Engagement (ORE) is now accepting applications for the 2021-22 Chancellor’s Grants for Faculty Research.

The Chancellor’s Grants for Faculty Research awards release time for research, writing, or creative work, enabling grantees to accomplish specific additional work that will significantly strengthen grant or fellowship proposals for external funding. As a condition, grantees are required to submit at least one fellowship or grant proposal to an external funding source within two semesters of the conclusion of their release time.

All full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty at the rank of assistant professor or above, excluding those in engineering and the natural sciences, are eligible to apply for a course release in either the fall 2020 or spring 2021 semesters. Up to six grants of up to $6,000 each are approved for each year and will be made to the applicant’s department or equivalent academic unit.

The course release awarded under the Chancellor’s Grant for Faculty Research may be used to satisfy the faculty leave requirements of the UT Humanities Center Fellowship.

How to Apply

NOTICE: The deadline for receipt by ORE is 5:00 p.m., February 1, 2021. Please note the application requires endorsement letters from both the applicant’s department head and dean.  Applications are being accepted through InfoReady. Click here to submit your applicationApplications submitted via email will not be accepted.

Applications must include all of the following components. Applications that do not conform to these instructions will be returned without reading.

  1. Cover sheet: The cover sheet should state the name, faculty rank, and department of the applicant; the title of the research or creative project; the proposed semester for the course release; and the external fellowships or grants to be pursued, with their application deadlines.
  2. Narrative: The project narrative must be no more than three pages, single-spaced, in 12-point type. It should include a) a description of the overall research project or creative work, stating the significance of the proposed work and its impact on the applicant’s discipline; b) a description of the specific portion of the research, writing or creative work to be pursued during the course release period; and c) an explanation of how the work completed during the course release will enable the applicant to submit a stronger fellowship or grant proposal.
  3. Vita of applicant (5 page single-space limit).
  4. Record of leave and release time over the past three years.
  5. Endorsement letters from department head and dean. Endorsement letters are a critical part of the application package. They should justify the semester specified for leave as appropriate in the scholarly progression of the applicant, and they should also provide insight to the reviewers about factors that distinguish this applicant from others.  Applicants should notify their letter writers in advance of submitting their application as they will receive a prompt from the system once an application is submitted.


A Grant Committee will evaluate the proposals and make recommendations for grants. The Committee will include representation from the eligible academic areas and the Office of Research and Engagement.


Each recipient of a Chancellor’s Grant for Faculty Research or Humanities Center Faculty Fellow shall provide a brief report to the Office of Research and Engagement, and to their dean and department head, no later than one year after the conclusion of the course release.  The report should include details of each grant or fellowship proposal submitted as a result of the course release.

See Previous Chancellor’s Grants for Faculty Research