Grants & Funding

RISD is committed to recognizing and encouraging excellence in teaching and research. Faculty and librarians are eligible to apply for a range of internal grants to support both curriculum development and individual professional development.

Please contact Patricia Barbeito (pbarbeit@risd.edu) with any questions about internal funding opportunities. For support on external funding opportunities through RISD Research please contact Josephine Devanbu (jdevan01@.edu)

Academic Enrichment Fund

The Academic Enrichment Fund supports interdisciplinary teaching and learning in courses that fall outside the normal degree program curricula. Courses may be team-taught, interdisciplinary, or multi-disciplinary.

Cho Fund

The Cho Fund supports courses, lectures, symposia, workshops, and research clusters relating to Asian subject matter.

Conference and Presentation Fund

The Conference and Presentation Fund allows faculty, librarians, and museum curators to share their research, professional and creative activity, and scholarly work to a broader audience.

Education in New Technologies Fund

The Education in New Technologies Fund supports training for FT faculty, librarians, and departments in the use of new technology in their disciplines.

Faculty Research Fellowship at the RISD Museum

(formerly called the Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellowship)
The Faculty Research Fellowship at the RISD Museum supports faculty research, teaching, and public access through deep engagement with the Museum’s collection and staff.

Full-Time Faculty and Librarian Materials Fund

The Full-Time Faculty and Librarian Materials Fund allots funds for FT faculty and librarians for books, materials, dues for membership in professional organizations, etc. needed to enhance their professional development.

*No application process: Faculty may request AA to make purchases directly or submit receipts for reimbursement.

Graduate Research Assistantships

Graduate Research Assistantships support faculty research projects in the form of graduate student research assistants. The Professional Development Fund was established with a Mellon Foundation Grant, with the goal of fostering excellence in the fields of art and design, and the advancement of knowledge in related fields; faculty may apply for a graduate research assistant through this fund.

Kyobo Fund

The Kyobo Fund supports interdisciplinary teaching and learning involving team teaching between studio and liberal arts.

New Faculty Research and Development Grant

The New Faculty Research and Development Grant supports new faculty in establishing their teaching, professional and creative practice as members of the RISD faculty.

Part-Time Faculty Education in New Technologies Fund

The Part-Time Faculty Education in New Technologies Fund supports training for part-time faculty in the use of new technology in their disciplines.

Professional Development Fund

The Professional Development Fund supports studio work, research projects, development of publications, and other work in progress undertaken by faculty, librarians, and museum curators.

RISD Global Faculty Fellowship

The RISD Global Faculty Fellowship is a one-year appointment that facilitates faculty research, teaching, social justice and public engagement that focus on, and question, the intersections between globalization and art and design at RISD, and in the world.

RISD Global Engagement and Curricular Development Fund

The RISD Global Engagement and Curricular Development Fund supports faculty in developing curricula that seek to engage students with specific geographies, traditions and heritages of making, and global issues facing the world today.

SEI Conference and Presentation Fund

The SEI Conference and Presentation Fund allows faculty, librarians, and museum curators to share their work or research that engages non-western or historically marginalized cultures, investigates inequality and understandings of race and identity, or explores inclusive and critical pedagogies.

SEI Decolonial Teaching in Action Program

The Decolonial Teaching in Action program offers a semester-long course taught by Paula Gaetano-Adi (EFS) and Avishek Ganguly (LAS) for faculty on inclusive teaching practices and strategies for decolonizing the curriculum.

SEI Programming Fund

The SEI Programming Fund provides support for events that are open to the entire community and that advance knowledge of non-western or historically marginalized cultures and traditions, how forms of power shape inequality and understandings of race and identity locally and/or globally; inclusive and critical pedagogies.

SEI Research Fund

The Social Equity and Inclusion Research Fund supports innovative research that promotes the Center’s goals of social equity and inclusion. Funding may come in the form of a course release or a stipend to cover research related costs.

Turner Theatrical and Performance Design Fund

The Turner Theatrical and Performance Design Fund supports interdisciplinary courses that integrate various elements of theatrical and performance design.
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