Annual Application Deadline: July 1st
The ACPA Foundation is the fundraising organization for ACPA–College Student Educators International. The Foundation seeks philanthropic support for ACPA initiatives involving research and scholarship, professional development, and leadership programs for student affairs professionals in higher education.
Each year, the Foundation awards $10,000 in response to research proposals that enhance the student affairs profession and disseminate knowledge about college students.
Funding eligibility is limited to ACPA members who are conducting research that is consistent with the purposes and interests of ACPA: to enhance the student affairs profession and disseminate knowledge about college students.
The Foundation encourages applicants who are more established scholars to co-author projects with junior scholars and practitioners as a way to support their professional development and scholarly growth.
At each annual convention, the ACPA Foundation provides the previous year’s grant recipients the opportunity to present their research in a Foundation-sponsored program slot. Grant recipients may choose to submit proposals to the annual convention’s peer review process or to participate in the Foundation’s Research Grant Symposium. Recipients will be contacted in the fall following the conclusion of their grant year to determine their interest in this session.
The annually-awarded research grants usually range from $1,000 to $2,500 for one-year projects. Multi-year grants can be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Research grants may be used to fund such items as graduate student support, travel for data collection, transcription services, software for data analysis, supplies, postage, and printing. The Foundation does not provide funding for travel to conferences to present/disseminate research findings. The Foundation reserves the right to award less than the requested amount, based on availability of funds.
If you have any questions, please contact the coordinator of the ACPA Foundation Research Grants Program:
Michelle L. Boettcher, Ph.D
Assistant Professor, Higher Education Student Affairs
Clemson University College of Education
Proposals should be submitted via the online form. The proposal must include the following information:
- Project Title
- Project Director name, institution, address, phone, and email
- Project Director’s CV (uploaded file)
- Project Description
- Relationship of the project to the interests of ACPA Foundation
- Project Timeline
- Detailed Budget (uploaded file)
Research proposals will be evaluated based on the importance and usefulness of the topic to student affairs professionals and the strength of the research methodology. The specific evaluation criteria include:
- Purpose and goals of project/research
- Significance of project/research
- Supporting literature and rationale for project/research
- Appropriate methodology
- Degree project supports and relates to mission & goals of ACPA and foundation
- Clearly outlined budget & financial need
- Background and experience of applicant
As a condition of receiving grant funds, the Foundation requires that all materials or products related to the project must acknowledge that the project was funded by the ACPA Educational Leadership Foundation. Also, at the conclusion of the project, the author must submit a one-page abstract of the study and a 3×5 professional photograph of the grantee.
Presentation of Research
At each annual convention, the ACPA Foundation provides previous year’s grant recipients the chance to present their research in a Foundation Sponsored Program slot. You may choose to submit your proposal to either the annual convention, or you may elect to participate in the Foundation’s session. Recipients will be contacted in the fall to determine their interest in this session.