Summer Stipend

DEADLINE: 4:30 PM, Monday, September 28, 2020
Submit to: WIU Foundation Office, Sherman Hall 303

The Western Illinois University Foundation and the Office of Sponsored Projects will award up to ten summer stipends in the amount of $3,000 each for Summer 2021. Additional support is possible from the Office of Sponsored Projects.

Of special note, the Foundation has funds available for two additional grants specifically related to academic enhancements in the classroom (Category 1 or 2 projects). These curriculum-related awards will be for proposals designed to increase and maintain academic standards, to fund proposals designed to enhance classroom instruction and improve research capabilities, and to assist in developing and increasing the facilities of Western Illinois University for broader educational opportunities.

All of these grants provide opportunities for faculty to engage in projects leading to the professional advancement of the proposal writer and the enhancement of Western Illinois University in the areas of teaching, research and creative activity. While teaching, research, and creative activities are expected of every faculty member, the summer stipend is intended to allow faculty to pursue projects well beyond those that can normally be pursued during the academic year. For proposals that span multiple categories, please submit your proposal in the category with the most immediate response. Submit proposals in one of the following categories:

  1. Curriculum - Development of a significant curriculum proposal
  2. Curriculum - Mastery of a new instructional technique
  3. Research - Research leading to publication
  4. Research - Research required to prepare an external granting agency application
  5. Creation of work leading to a performance or exhibition

Proposals for summer stipends must be submitted to the WIU Foundation Office, 303 Sherman Hall, no later than 4:30 PM Monday, September 28, 2020. Signatures are required from Department Chairs and Deans, and applications are not complete until all signatures have been obtained. The Committee will not accept late proposals. Letters of support are helpful to the committee and encouraged.

Proposals must follow the guidelines and policies described in the following pages. Please read them carefully. The Committee will only consider applications that follow the guidelines, supply important information, present scholarly quality, and meet the application deadline.

This application in PDF format and examples of successfully funded stipend awards can be found on the links below.

If you have questions concerning the implementation of these guidelines, feel free to contact Lisa Krieg in SH303,, (309) 298-1808.