Grant Writing Residency Program

The purpose of the Grant Writing Residency Program is to offer dedicated time and support to tenure-track faculty members who are preparing to submit a grant. The program provides up to four awardees annually with:

  • Private, quiet office space – Our new space at 605 E Jefferson Street is just off-campus. Only a 5-minute walk from downtown, it’s convenient, yet not as busy as campus buildings.
  • Convenient, welcoming space – Free use of all areas, including fully equipped meeting rooms and break rooms (free coffee!), copier/scanner, office supplies, and more! Our administrative and IT staff are here to help, too.
  • Collaboration and structure to keep you focused – Bi-weekly meetings with other participants, faculty, and professional staff members to provide updates on goals and progress, talk about roadblocks and resources, and network with others.
  • Funding to support your work – We can offer up to $1,500 to support pilot data, travel, or other related expenses, which may be used during your residency or as a part of your grant application.

Application Info

Deadline to apply: Applications are accepted any time for an upcoming 12-to-20-week period. Please allow at least three weeks between your application and when you hope to start the program, to allow us time to review and potentially approve your application.

Eligibility: Tenure-track faculty members who plan to submit a grant within 20 weeks  are eligible to apply. Preference will go to those in the social and behavioral sciences. Participants must commit to spending regular, planned time at the Center each week and regularly attend our bi-weekly meetings to share progress with the group. The expectation is that participants apply for a grant by the end of their time with us (preferred) or within a few weeks of their residency. There is no requirement regarding the size of the grant application or the funding agency.

Length of program: 12 to 20 weeks.

Application Materials and Guidelines:

  • Application should be 2 pages maximum, double-spaced.
  • Include your name, school/department/unit, contact information; the period of time for which you are applying; the grant, funding source, and award amount you intend to apply for, including the due date.
  • How will this program help you? What resources will you need? Propose a timeline for your work, including deadlines along the way to your grant submission.
  • If accepted into the program, what day(s), time(s) each week will you plan to work in-residence at the PPC?

Email your PDF application to Julianna Lee (, assistant director, Public Policy Center. Email or call 319-384-2852 with questions.