Deadline: April 15, 2019

The Scholarship & Creativity Grant program supports scholarship and creative activity in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Full-time faculty at Montana State University who have earned terminal degrees are eligible to apply.


A faculty committee representing the arts, humanities and social sciences will evaluate proposals according to these criteria:

  • The project’s intellectual significance or artistic merit and its potential impact and contribution to the field.
  • The appropriateness of the project’s methodologies, theories, or strategies, and the feasibility of the plan of work.
  • The qualifications and expertise of the artist or scholar in relation to the project goals and the stage of the applicant’s career.
  • The potential for success, including the likelihood that the project will be completed within the projected time frame, and the appropriateness of the budget.
  • The expected outcomes, including past successful outcomes, as well as the impact of the project in achieving extended supportive funding.

Please address each criterion in your proposal and write in a way that is accessible to your Montana State University colleagues who may not be in your discipline.

Each applicant may submit only one application to the S&C program each year. Preference will be given to projects that have not been previously funded. Within six months of completion of the project, successful applicants shall provide a written report of grant activities and outcomes to the Vice President of Research & Economic Development’s Office, their dean, their department chair and the chair of the Scholarship and Creativity Grant Review Committee. Recipients are also strongly encouraged to present the results of their work to the university community through an exhibit, seminar or other appropriate forum. The submission of this final project report is required as a criterion for future S&C proposal consideration.

Awards will be announced by mid-May so that successful applicants can move forward with projects. Questions about applications may be directed to Michael Reidy (, committee chair. Questions concerning electronic submission and budgets can be directed to Peggy Kastella (, ext. 2381) in the Office of Sponsored Programs.


Applicants may request funds for salary and benefits, supplies, travel and other expenses necessary to complete the proposed project. Award amounts will vary, but most will range between $4,000 (minimum) and $16,000 (maximum). These funds are intended to be spent between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. Items that are often requested and funded include research/creativity travel and associated costs, summer salary, supplies, publication and book costs.

  • The program funds up to $6,000 in summer salary. If you request summer salary, you must also include benefits at the rate of 35%. To apply for the maximum summer salary, you should budget $8,100 ($6,000 plus 35% of $6,000 for benefits).
  • For travel expenses, you may budget $23 per diem for in-state travel and $50 per diem for out-of-state travel. For international travel per diem, you may either retain receipts for reimbursement of actual expenses up to the 80% federal per diem rate or if no receipts are kept claim the $36/day per diem rate. Explain projected travel expenses in the budget narrative, being as specific and realistic as possible about the cost of transportation, lodging and other expenses.
  • The following items are unlikely to be funded unless specifically justified: computers; equipment, unless it has a direct and clearly explained relation to the proposed project; post-production costs of books, articles or other creative activities; conference trips.


Please submit your proposal electronically to the Office of Sponsored Programs by 5:00 p.m. on April 15, 2019 via the Electronic Proposal Clearance Form (ePCF). MSU Vice President of Research and Economic Development (MONVIC001) is the agency to which you are submitting. Please use program ID MSU S&C2020. Form and instructions can be found at

Applicants should submit the following in ONE document, which will be distributed to external reviewers and S&C Grant Review Committee members.

Please attach to the “Required Program Document” within the ePCF:

  • A cover sheet, including a brief abstract of the project (the form is found below).
  • A narrative of no more than five single-spaced pages addressing the importance and potential impact of the project, and how it will advance your artistic or scholarly program; a plan of work, including descriptions of methodologies or processes to be used; and a timetable for completion of the project.
  • A budget, including budget notes or a narrative explaining budget items.
  • A curriculum vitae.

In a separate document, applicants should also attach the following within the ePCF:

  • “Miscellaneous Attachments” – the narrative, budget and final report of any S&C grant you received in the last three years. Submit each year’s grant as a single document.

Forums to assist potential applicants will be held:

Monday, March 25th 9:00 am, Department of History and Philosophy Conference Room, 2-155 Wilson Hall
Tuesday, March 26th 9:00 am, Department of History and Philosophy Conference Room, 2-155 Wilson Hall

Cover Sheet

Scholarship and Creativity Grants for the Advancement of the
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, FY 2020


Department or School:


Applicant's Email Address:

Title of Project:

Amount Requested:

Award Period Requested:

Abstract of Proposal (not to exceed 250 words)