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Annual Opportunities

Every year, APU awards more than $2 million in grants and scholarship opportunities on campus.

Doctoral scholarship funding
The Office of the Provost has $100K in the budget specifically designated for faculty research activities within the doctoral programs. Each year, this money is dispersed to the deans who have doctoral programs. Contact your dean for the application process.

Accomplished Scholar Award
This annual award is determined by the appropriate dean. The Academic Cabinet has confirmed the purpose of the award and established the following criteria:

Additional Month for Scholarship
Full-time faculty, traditionally on a 9– or 10–month contract, may apply for an additional month’s contract for the purpose of scholarship (does not apply to faculty on 12-month contracts). Contact the appropriate dean for process information.

Beverly Hardcastle Stanford Faculty Fellowship
Through a competitive process each year, one full-time faculty member is selected for a semester fellowship, sponsored by the Center for Research on Ethics and Values (CREV) and devoted to scholarship.

Faculty Seminar
Sponsored by the Center for Research on Ethics and Values (CREV), the faculty seminar brings interdisciplinary scholars together in a seminar format for the purpose of producing scholarship and research.

Emerging Scholar Award
This annual award is determined by the appropriate dean. The Academic Cabinet has confirmed the purpose of the award and established the following criteria:

Sabbatical awards
Provides faculty the opportunity to enhance their teaching effectiveness, pursue professional development, and conduct scholarly research and writing. Refer to the Faculty Handbook for more information or contact your dean.

Travel Funding
This money supports faculty scholarly presentations and attendance at professional conferences. Contact your dean for more information.

Creative Teaching Grants
Offered by the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, Innovative Teaching Grants (PDF) are awarded each year to promote the development of creative teaching projects that would improve skills, enhance the instructional program, or expand resources to students.

Office of Institutional Research and Assessment mini grants
These grants encourage initial assessment planning and creative approaches, and address unique one-time needs.

Faculty Research Council (FRC)
Approximately $60,000 in faculty research grants is awarded annually to support the ongoing research and scholarly activities of current full-time APU faculty who teach at the undergraduate and/or master’s level. Such grants are intended to fund pilot studies that may lead to a larger study or to external funding; research or scholarly activity that fits a faculty member’s ongoing research agenda, but is not currently financed by any other source; and research or scholarly activity that will be the beginning of a more comprehensive research agenda for that faculty member.

School-specific Scholarships and Grants
Please contact the dean’s office in each of the schools listed for more information.

School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences (BAS) School of Education (SOE)

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Grant
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) offers a competitive grant for faculty who are working on an advanced research project in the humanities. Specifically, the summer stipend program provides $6,000 in support of full-time work on the research project for two consecutive months in the summer. In order to apply for the NEH grant using the on-line “grants.gov” process by the specified deadline, faculty must first be nominated by their home institution. Please contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs for more information on the nomination process. Learn more about the summer stipend program.

Educational Programs

Common Day of Learning
An annual campus-wide event, APU's Common Day of Learning is dedicated to the advancement of scholarship and learning.

Honors College
The Honors College offers an academically enriched plan of study developed for talented and motivated students. Learn more about the college.

Special Collections
APU’s Special Collections consist of more than 6,500 holdings, ranging from presidential signatures to cuneiform tables to historical citrus crate labels.

Western Conservancy of Nursing History
The Western Conservancy of Nursing History seeks to preserve the history of nursing, primarily on the West Coast, for the sake of current and future generations.

Faith Integration Courses

Educational Assistance for Faculty
This program provides faculty of all ranks an opportunity for educational assistance for academic credit from an accredited college or university. Refer to the Faculty Handbook for more information.

Faculty Research Presentation Series
This series provides faculty with the opportunity to present their research, publications, dissertations, and sabbatical reports.

Faculty Seminar in the Liberal Arts
This annual event promotes a shared understanding of the Liberal Arts through the study of great works of art, music, science, literature, philosophy, and theology. Contact the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office for more information.

Fulbright Program
Fulbright scholarships enable U.S. students, artists, and other professionals to benefit from unique resources in more than 140 nations, gaining international competence in an interdependent world. Learn more about the program.

Writer’s Retreat
The Office of Research hosts two off-campus Writer’s Retreats each year. The retreat provides faculty with an opportunity to read, research, write, and to fellowship with colleagues. Contact the Office of Research for more information.

Faculty Research Council (FRC)

The Faculty Research Council is an elected body of faculty representing each school, as well as non-classroom faculty. Its purpose is to promote and support a culture of scholarship at the university through the following activities:

Approximately $60,000 in faculty research grants is awarded annually to support the ongoing research and scholarly activities of current full-time APU faculty who teach at the undergraduate and/or master’s level. Such grants are intended to fund pilot studies that may lead to a larger study or to external funding; research or scholarly activity that fits a faculty member’s ongoing research agenda, but is not currently financed by any other source; and research or scholarly activity that will be the beginning of a more comprehensive research agenda for that faculty member.

Useful References

Consultants

Qualitative Research Consultant
Beverly Hardcastle Stanford, Ph.D., is professor emeritus in the Department of Educational Leadership in the School of Education. She teaches online doctoral courses and also chairs and acts as the methodologist on numerous dissertation committees. Publications of her qualitative research studies appear in eight peer-reviewed journals and two international conference proceedings. Contact her at bstanford@apu.edu for individual or group consultation.

Quantitative Research Consultant
Chong Ho (Alex) Yu, Ph.D., is associate professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. His research has resulted in multiple publications and presentations on the philosophical foundations and best practices of quantitative research, in addition to many contributions in his area of expertise, the psychology of religion. His specialties include data mining, exploratory data analysis, and psychometrics. Contact him at cyu@apu.edu for individual or group consultation.

Residential Qualitative Research Consultant
Alexander Jun, Ph.D., is a professor of higher education at Azusa Pacific. He teaches courses in qualitative research methods and diversity and social justice. Contact him at ajun@apu.edu for individual or group consultation.