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Grants to USA Graduate Students, Faculty, and Staff for Research Projects about Student Transitions to College

Paul P. Fidler Research Grant


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National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition
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Important Dates
Deadline: 07/09/23 3:00 AM (EDT) Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA graduate students, faculty, and staff for research projects related to student transitions to college. The award package includes a cash component, an announcement on the funding source's website, priority consideration for publication, and travel expenses to two conferences. Cross-institutional teams of researchers are encouraged. Proposals are strongly urged to showcase the potential implications the research has for social justice, equity, and inclusion.

Proposals will be evaluated on the extent to which they:

  • Focus on issue(s) related to college student transitions. Though all issues related to college student transitions will be considered, special consideration will be given to proposals addressing transitions outside of the first year of college.
  • Clearly articulate a strong research design. Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method studies will be considered. The methodology must be appropriate for the research question(s).
  • Include research that can be completed by October 2024. Results must be ready for presentation at the 2024 National Conference on Students in Transition.
  • Explore unique issues, subjects, analysis, participants and/or samples. Research must be the original work of the investigators and may not have been reported elsewhere.
  • Have potential for national impact on student success initiatives. The results of the research should be relevant to a broad audience.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Paul P. Fidler Research Grant competition is open to faculty, staff, and graduate students who plan to conduct research on issues of college student transitions.

- The following individuals are not eligible and may not be included as part of proposed research teams: National Resource Center staff and fellows; current members of the funder's National or International Advisory Boards; and students, staff, and faculty of the University of South Carolina system.
- The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition will not pay institutional overhead or indirect costs.
- Proposals centered on the implementation, assessment, or evaluation of a program or initiative will not be considered.

Pre-Application Information
Apr 1 2023 11:30 AM (EDT)

Jul 9 2023 03:00 AM (EDT)

- The staff of the National Resource Center will conduct an initial review of all completed proposals to ensure they meet the criteria guidelines and submission requirements of the Fidler grant. Proposals that meet the submission guidelines and requirements will be blind-reviewed and evaluated by an external review board of leading research scholars and practitioners in the field of higher education.

- Applicants submitting full proposals by July 9, 2023 will be notified of their award status by September 29, 2023
- Submissions are limited to one proposal per applicant.

For details about application requirements, see:

Estimated Size of Grant
The grant's comprehensive award package includes:

- Stipend of $5,000, payable either directly to individual researchers or through the researcher(s)' institution(s). The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition will not pay institutional overhead or indirect costs.
- Travel to the 30th National Conference on Students in Transition, October 2023, at which the award will be presented
- Travel to the 31st National Conference on Students in Transition, October 2024, at which the research findings will be reported
- Announcement on the National Resource Center webpage, listservs, and print publications
- Priority consideration for publication by the National Resource Center

Term of Contract
Research must be completed by October 2024.

Contact Information
Online Application:

For more information, please contact the Research, Grants, and Assessment team at the National Resource Center at

University of South Carolina
National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition
University of South Carolina
1728 College Street
Columbia, SC 29208

1 Dupont Circle NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036

Phone: 803-777-1440

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