Paluse Grant Application Guidelines


  • Nov 20, 2020   Preliminary proposals due
  • Dec 18, 2020   Applications due
  • Feb   1, 2021   Awards announced
  • June 1, 2022   Report of project outcomes due


Full-time faculty who are interested in applying for a Paluse Faculty Research Grant must submit a brief description of their proposed research projects and indicate how this project reflects the mission of Duquesne. The description should not exceed 250 words. Preliminary proposals should be submitted electronically to the Center for Catholic Faith and Culture by November 20, 2020. The preliminary proposals are intended to assist applicants in articulating the suitability of their projects for the Paluse Grant.  Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Kathleen Glenister Roberts.


Submit your application materials electronically by December 18, 2020.

The completed application must include the following:

1. Signatures from the applicant's Chair and Dean
2. Narrative: The narrative should not exceed seven (7) single spaced pages; this does not include the cover sheet, bibliography, curriculum vitae, or budget. The narrative should state:

  • The topic to be investigated and its significance
  • The contribution the proposed project will make
  •  Methodology and assessment standards
  • Relation to the mission of Duquesne University and the Catholic intellectual tradition
  • Schedule for conducting the research project

3. One page bibliography
4. A copy of your CV
5. One page budget
6. Previous Paluse grant recipients must submit a statement showing their previous Paluse grant led to significant research outcomes (e.g, external funding for the research project, publication in a peer reviewed journal, etc.)
7. Research proposals involving human subjects require approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects.


Applications must include a one page budget. Grant funds will be placed in an account in the faculty member's department. Applicants are encouraged to consider the use of Duquesne graduate students as research assistants where appropriate; wages should be reasonable (i.e., comparable to what a student would be paid by the university for comparable work). Grant funds may not be used for course reductions or tuition.

The Paluse Faculty Research Grant program is administered by the Center for Catholic Faith and Culture. Applications will be evaluated by an ad hoc committee consisting of 

  •  Rev. Ray French, VP for Mission and Identity, ex officio
  • Sarah MacMillen, Associate Professor of Sociology
  • David Seybert, Professor, School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
  •  Nagaraj Sivasubramaniam, Associate Professor of Management

‪‬‬‬‬‬The committee will consider the scholarly merit of proposals based on the grant objectives stated above.

Grant winners are required to submit a Report of Project Outcomes electronically to the Center for Catholic Faith and Culture. The report must:

  • state the work completed during the grant period,
  • assess the research completed in light of the objectives and timeframe in the grant proposal,
  • indicate how the research is being disseminated internally (via the Center for Catholic Faith and Culture's Paluse Fellows Research Colloquium) and externally,
  • include a copy of the published manuscript, and
  • provide an updated budget detailing how grant funds were spent.

Reports will be shared with the Office of Research and the Office of the Provost. Please acknowledge the support of the Paluse Faculty Research Grant in publications and presentations that result from research completed under the auspices of the grant program.