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.

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Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellowship

The Mellon Faculty Fellowship is a two-year appointment designed to engage faculty members from across disciplines in research, teaching, and public engagement through the Museum’s collection.

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Cho Fund

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Graduate Research Assistantships

Graduate Research Assistantships support faculty research projects in the form of graduate student research assistants.

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Kyobo Fund

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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SEI Summer Stipends

SEI Summer Stipends support faculty work on revising course content and pedagogy with a focus on social equity and inclusion.

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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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