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Immersion Scholar Grants

Immersion Scholar Grants (ISG) provide two years of funding for faculty members to create meaningful Immersion experiences for undergraduate students.

  • Full-time tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure track faculty are eligible to apply. 
  • ISG terms are for two years. 
  • ISG grant amounts will vary, but funding amounts requested should not exceed $15,000 per year. 
  • ISGs may include appropriate course release for the faculty member(s) involved in the Immersion experience, depending on the proposal. 
  • ISG proposals should be submitted via email as a single PDF to Dean Bonnie Dow

ISG proposals should include four parts, in this order, combined in a single PDF:

1) The proposal narrative (500 words or fewer), which should include the following:

  • A title and brief description of the experience being proposed; 
  • The faculty member(s) proposing to lead the experience (collaboration among faculty members is encouraged) and their qualifications for doing so; 
  • The Immersion pathway(s) to which the experience will be linked and why; 
  • What kind of planning and development for the experience (if any) is required before it is launched; 
  • The number of students that are expected to be involved or that can be served by the experience, and whether specific students (within a major or area of study) will be targeted; 
  • Relevant coursework that could serve as part of the Immersion experience for students; 
  • A timeline for development and launch of the Immersion experience; and 
  • The outcome(s) expected from the experience, including specific knowledge gained by students and a description of the type of final project that students will be expected to complete.

2) Budget 

  • A budget narrative (250 words or fewer) describing the categories of expenses expected to be incurred, including expenses associated with development of the experience; expenses associated with student participation; and expenses that might be incurred by the faculty member(s) leading the experience. 
  • A rough budget, in Excel, indicating the total funds being requested.

3) Brief (no more than five pages) CVs for each faculty member involved in leading the experience.

4) A brief letter or letters from the department chairs or program directors of all faculty members involved in the proposal, indicating their support for the proposal and how it furthers the teaching mission of the unit.

Please direct any questions to Dean Bonnie Dow.

2019 Grant Awardees

Digital Approaches to Ancient Life: Archaeological Science

and Cultural Heritage at Caesarea, Israel


Markus Eberl

Joseph Rife



Classical & Mediterranean Studies 


Structural Characterization of Synthetic Polymers Using Mass Spectrometry



David Hercules





Exploring Multiple Facets of Environmental Issues and Land Use in Rural Brazil



Marisa Luisa Jorge



 Earth and Environmental Science


Immersion at the Emergent Technology Lab



Ole Molvig



VIDL, History


The Vanderbilt Family: Art and Architecture Patrons in the Gilded Age



Kevin Murphy



History of Art


Forensics in Peru: Using Forensic Science and Film Studies

to Document Genocide and Foster Remembering


 Tiffiny Tung

Claire Sisco King



Communication Studies 


Undergraduate Research on Conflict and Collective Action Lab



Emily Hencken Ritter



Political Science

Art Revolution: International Avant-garde Movements



Irina Denischenko

Christoph Zeller

Jana Harper

Mark Hosford








Soccer: Media, Art, and Society



Lutz Koepnick





From the Mind to the Page



Elizabeth Meadows

Jana Harper

Elizabeth Covington



Curb Center, English