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Sponsored Research Fund

The iSchools organization maintains a research fund for the benefit of its members. Members of the iSchools may apply for these funds per the guidelines below. 

The grant application submission date is October of each year. Applications were previously considered twice a year, but this has changed to a single October deadline so that the evaluation committee can meet to discuss all proposals face-to-face at the iConferenceSee the guidelines below for details. Questions may be directed to

Application Guidelines

The applicant should have a teaching position at a member-iSchool or be an iSchools doctoral student.

The range of topics is open, and projects involving doctoral research or outreach to underrepresented regions are especially encouraged. Applications with external matching funds are a plus, but not a requirement

As a general rule, the maximum duration of the funding will be one year. The amount of funding may vary from $1,000 -$5,000 USD depending on the nature of the project.

To apply, download our grant application form and submit per the instructions at the bottom of this page.

If unable to download the form, you may submit the following:

  • A detailed budget containing the following: Personnel costs; Travel costs; Materials costs; and Other costs (explain). Note that grants will cover direct costs only; indirect costs are not covered.
  • A Project Description, 300 words maximum.
  • An Impact Description, 200 words maximum (includes publication plans).
  • Indicate which of the following categories apply to your project (indicate all that apply): Doctoral research: Underrepresented regions (such as developing countries where research funding is scarce); Matching funds (primarily funds from other sources that apply directly to the project); Increasing diversity (such as for groups outside the mainstream); Innovative approachs; and other forms of innovation (please explain).
  • Affirmation that the project complies with GDPR requirements for privacy and data protection.
  • Affirmation of institutional review board approval, if required by your institution.

Submission Instructions

Applications must include a CV from the applicant and a timeline that includes the deliverables. All application materials should be combinded and saved as a PDF and sent via email to with the following subject line: Grant Proposal, attn. executive director. 

Those receiving the funds must present their results.

Selection Process

Decisions about the award are made by the iSchools chair, one of the regional chairs (in rotation), the treasurer, and ex officio the executive director (non-voting).

Judging criteria:

  1. Does the proposal fit the criteria of the call?
  2. Is the proposal well written and well planned?
  3. Will the proposal foster iSchools aims?
  4. To what extent does the proposal fulfill the iSchools vision and goals

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