Collaborative Research Grants
The institute offers grants for faculty research, seminars, workshops, and conferences designed to network Georgetown centers and programs and bring faculty together with scholars and policy experts outside the university to advance research projects on topics related to Western Hemisphere affairs and to one or more of the institute's themes: governance and the rule of law, economic growth and innovation, social and cultural inclusion, and the environment and sustainability.
GAI faculty grants offer Georgetown faculty support in a variety of areas for collaborative research around four critical areas facing the Americas: governance and the rule of law, economic growth and innovation, social and cultural inclusion, and sustainability and the environment. Applications that are using GAI’s support as seed funding to leverage future funding for their projects will be favorably considered.
Preference will be given to grants that connect faculty across Georgetown centers and programs and/or work with institutions and researchers in Latin America, as well as those that involve students as research assistants, and raise Georgetown’s research profile among a broader public.
Eligibility and Application Requirements
All full-time faculty at Georgetown are eligible to apply to the faculty grants.
Applications should include:
- The name, CV and contact information of the lead researcher, and a list of all other researchers;
- A statement of purpose and a description of the academic merit of the project;
- Clearly enumerate the deliverables and expected results, and provide a timeline for when and where findings will be presented. Some examples of deliverables include case studies, white papers, databases, chapters of a book, conferences, a series of events, or journal articles;
- A section explaining how the overall rationale of the project relates to the scholar's academic trajectory as well as the Georgetown Americas Institute’s goals and mission;
- A justification of funds, including an itemized budget with a justification for each of the line items and how the funds will be used;
- A list of other funding sources you plan to pursue to expand the scope of work.
Applications should not exceed five pages, single spaced with 12pt. font and one-inch margins. Charts and a bibliography can be included and will not count towards the page count. Documents should be submitted in a single PDF file.
Grantees can apply for up to $25,000. We encourage and welcome applications for smaller amounts and will be looking for a detailed justification and description of how the budget will be allocated. A clear justification of fund use will carry significant weight in the assessment of applications.
Timing and Selection Process
All applications will be subjected to a rigorous selection process conducted by a five-person interdisciplinary faculty committee. Applications are due by October 7, 2022, and decisions will be announced on November 1, 2022. All work must be carried out by December 1 of the year subsequent to the one in which the grant was awarded (December 1, 2023 for grants awarded during the fall 2022 cycle).
Application materials must be sent to email@example.com by Monday, October 7, 2022.
All enumerated deliverables need to be submitted to the Georgetown Americas Institute (GAI) by the end of the grant period. Beyond the proposed deliverables within the application, grantees should write a 150 to 250 description of their work summarizing the results to be posted on GAI’s website and submit it to GAI by December 1 of the year subsequent to the one in which the grant was awarded (December 1, 2023 for grants awarded during the fall 2022 cycle).
Use of Funds
Funds should be used for the activities outlined in the proposal that might include travel, surveys, conference and workshops, research assistance, translation services etc. Funds that are not spent during the grant period should be returned to GAI. If recipients wish to re-purpose funds they can request to do so with a clear justification and GAI will evaluate the merit of such requests.