Mission Micro-Grant Application Guidelines

Who is eligible for a Mission Micro-grant?

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.
  • Have taught at least four courses at Duquesne in the last three years. Summer session teaching may be included.

Faculty who have received a Mission Micro-grant in the past are also eligible, 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 Micro-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:
  • Travel funding to a conference to present scholarship related to cultural or religious traditions of Catholicism or other faith traditions 
  • Support for a guest speaker on justice, peace or integrity of creation
  • Professional development resources that integrate Catholic intellectual resources into one's scholarship or teaching

Faculty are encouraged to contact the Center for Catholic Faith and Culture with questions.

How projects are evaluated

The Part-time Faculty Mission Micro-grant program is administered by the Center for Catholic Faith and Culture. Applications will be evaluated by an ad hoc committee who will consider the merits of proposals based on the program objectives. Committee members include:

  • Kathleen Roberts, Ph.D., Director of the University Honors College
  • Bruce Beaver, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Sr. Rosemary Donley, Ph.D., APRN, FANN, Professor, Jacques Laval Chair for Social Justice
  • Joseph Kush, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Instructional Technology
‪Post-Award Report 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,
  • 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.

Please acknowledge the support of the Part-time Faculty Mission Micro-grant program in publications and presentations connected to the grant project.

Completed application will include the following information:
  • Signatures from the applicant's Chair and Dean
  • 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. Funds may not be used for salary.
  • List of courses taught and the semester/year in which they were offered
  •  For previous micro-grant recipients, a description of the prior grant's outcomes
  • Curriculum Vitae