Mission Grant Application Guidelines






Applications due - APPLY

Awards announced

Project outcomes report due

Direct inquiries to Dr. Kathleen Glenister Roberts 

Who is eligible to apply?

Part-time faculty members in any discipline who meet the following criteria are invited and encouraged to apply:

  • Hold an advanced degree in their discipline.
  • Faculty who have receive a Mission Micro-grant in the past are welcome to apply provided they have met the reporting requirement for the previous grant and are seeking funding for a different project.

What types of projects can be funded?

Mission Grants are intended to support scholarly, curricular, and professional development opportunities that align with the Catholic, Spiritan mission of Duquesne University, particularly our commitments to:

  • Evaluating how Catholic ideas and ideals can contribute to the common good
  • Addressing specific social problems, such as health disparities, climate change, racism, or educational justice
  • Advocating non-defensive engagement with religious traditions other than Catholicism.

Projects might include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Hosting a guest speaker
  • Developing a class project
  • Sponsoring a student experience
  • Attending a conference

What is required on the application?

Narrative (maximum of 6 pages, double-spaced) that includes the following components:

  • The project purpose, significance, and relation to the University's mission and identity
  • Methodology, assessment, anticipated outcome
  • Schedule
  • One page budget. Eligible expenses include travel, materials, or fees. 
  • For previous grant recipients, a description of the prior grant's outcomes

Curriculum Vitae

Signatures from the applicant's Chair and Dean
Applicants: Your proposal will be sent automatically to your chair and dean for their review and approval. However, please follow-up directly with them to ensure their signatures have been submitted by the application deadline.

How are applications evaluated?

The Center for Catholic Faith and Culture administers the Part-time Faculty Mission Grant program. Applications are evaluated by an ad hoc committee that considers the merits of proposals based on the program objectives. Committee members include:

  • Kathleen Roberts, Ph.D., Director of the University Honors College
  • Abigail Delehanty, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor and Program Director, Language Disorders & Autism Clinic
  • Sr. Rosemary Donley, Ph.D., APRN, FANN, Professor, Jacques Laval Chair for Social Justice
  • Joseph Kush, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Instructional Technology

How are funds disbursed to awardees?  

CCFC will contact awardees prior to award disbursement. Grant funds will be available for use through June 30 of the University's current fiscal year. Any funds not used by this deadline will no longer be available. Funds can be disbursed to awardees in the following ways:
1. Funds Transfer
Grant funds may be transferred to an account in the faculty member's department. Faculty members are encouraged to consult with their department prior to requesting the transfer and the award winner is responsible for providing the budget account number to CCFC.
2. Direct Pay 
If any or all of the award is disbursed directly to the faculty member, please note that fringe benefits of 11% are attached and will be paid from the awarded funds.

‪Reporting of project outcomes

Grant winners are required to submit a Report of Project Outcomes to the Center for Catholic Faith and Culture. The report must:

  • State the work completed during the grant period and assess the research completed in light of the objectives and timeframe in the grant proposal;
  • Indicate how the research is being disseminated and include a copy of any published outcome if appropriate--please acknowledge the support of the Part-time Faculty Mission Micro-grant program in publications and presentations connected to the grant project;
  • Provide an updated account detailing how grant funds were spent.

Reports will be shared with the grant recipient's Chairs, Deans, the Office of the Provost, and the Vice-President for Mission and Identity.