Martha Jane Starr Library Research Award for 2018

Application Deadline: December 3, 2018 at 5pm


The UMKC University Libraries offers an annual research award of up to $1,000 for graduate student research initiatives with a Women’s and/or Gender Studies (WGS) focus to cover research expenses.

Martha Jane Starr Library Research Awards are open to all students, but preference will be given to a graduate student with a Women and Gender Studies focus and who is being mentored/supervised by a member of the WGS faculty. Applicants can resubmit an unsuccessful proposal one time only. Award winners must wait two years from the end of their project before applying for another Martha Jane Starr Library Research Grant.

Purpose

The UMKC University Libraries offers an annual research award of up to $1,000 for graduate student research initiatives with a Women’s and/or Gender Studies (WGS) focus to cover research expenses.

Types of projects funded

Awards are granted for various types of research activities and research needs, including:

  • travel costs to research sites
  • presentation of original research at symposia/conferences
  • research equipment & supplies
  • duplication of archival materials (microfilm, DVD, copying, etc.)*
  • compensation for research participants

*a specific cost is required to request monies for these purposes

Eligibility

Martha Jane Starr Library Research Awards are open to all students, but preference will be given to a graduate student (Masters, doctoral, or professional students in law or medicine) with a Women and Gender Studies focus and who is being mentored/supervised by a member of the WGS faculty. Applicants can resubmit an unsuccessful proposal one time only. Award winners must wait two years from the end of their project before applying for another Martha Jane Starr Library Research Grant.

Application Process:

  1. Download and complete the application form
  2. Project Abstract (no more than 250 words)
  3. Proposal & Budget (no more than 5 pages, double-spaced) should include:
    • a detailed explanation of the research project
    • a statement of how this project fits into current and future research plans
    • a description of which Women and Gender Studies Collections in the UMKC Libraries Special Collections will be used to advance the research project
    • a statement about the applicant’s contributions to the WGS program
    • a statement about the importance of the project for the enhancement of WGS at UMKC
    • a description of the anticipated outcome of the project (conference presentation, publication, etc.)
    • an itemized budget, detailing expenditures and a justification for those expenditures (Note that the System per diem is $42/day [$21/day for fewer than 12 hours] within the state of Missouri and based on CONUS rates outside of Missouri. Mileage should be calculated at the university rate of $.545 per mile. More information on System reimbursement policies can be found at: http://www.umsystem.edu/ums/rules/bpm/)
  4. Curriculum Vitae
  5. Brief statement from a mentor that the project is viable and that the student is actively working on it (Note that this does not need to be a full recommendation letter).

Eligible Funding Requests

Support for research activities, scholarly activities or projects, community service or presentations, workshops, travel related to conference attendance, research related to applicant’s discipline or special needs requests.

Ineligible Funding Requests

Standard textbooks, university tuition, equipment, computer software or hardware and supplies routinely provided by your department or school.

Application Deadline

Applications should be submitted to Bonnie Postlethwaite, Dean of Libraries, via email postlethwaiteb@umkc.edu by 5:00pm, December 3, 2018. Awards will be announced January 2019. 

Post Project

At the end of the project, the grantee is expected to do one or more of the following:

  • submit a one-page written report to the Director of WGS and the Dean of Libraries
  • give a formal presentation to WGS faculty/students
  • give a formal presentation for a library event

Martha Jane Starr Library Research Award Committee

The MJS Library Research Award Committee for 2018-19 will be comprised of two representatives from the Library and three UMKC WGS faculty members who will review proposals and award the grants. No critiques of proposals (successful or not) will be given by the Award Committee.

 

This award is possible through an NEH Challenge Grant and matching funds from the Martha Jane Starr Field of Interest Committee.

Posted: November 07, 2018

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