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Faculty Research

The Value of Faculty Research

Ongoing faculty research benefits students, the College of Charleston, and society, as well as the individual scholar. When they are engaged in research, our faculty model for our students the excitement of continuous learning.

Today's students need to understand not only the methodology of the learning approach to problem solving, but also the personal fulfillment (and the joy) that comes with it. Students at the College work closely with our faculty, learning through their research the discovery process used to generate further understanding and knowledge.

Have a faculty resource or grant opportunity you would like to share? Email Anastasia Emelianoff or call 843.953.7366.

Faculty Research and Development

Faculty Research and Development Committee

  • Faculty Research Grants
  • Faculty Professional Support Grants

Liberal Arts and Sciences Small Grants Program

Liberal Arts and Sciences Small Grants Program

The president set aside $24,000 for the Liberal Arts and Sciences Small Grants Program in support of innovative teaching and learning in the liberal arts and sciences. A faculty committee regularly solicits and reviews proposals and determines awards.

Harry and Reba Huge Foundation Faculty Development Grant

Harry and Reba Huge Foundation Faculty Development Grant

The Harry and Reba Huge Foundation has awarded a grant to the College of Charleston to encourage and support faculty members in developing teaching and research projects that are related to the country of Estonia.   The overall goal of this initiative is to establish an ongoing relationship with the country of Estonia and to encourage student involvement.  

International Opportunities

Center for International Educationthe Center for International Education (CIE) at the College of Charleston is the coordinating office for all international activities. 


Fulbright Scholar Program

Sabbatical Program

View the Sabbatical Program

Sabbatical leave is paid time exempt from normal duties granted to faculty members for the accomplishment of professional development programs.

Office of Research and Grants Administration

View research and grant information at ORGA.cofc.edu

The Office of Research and Grants Administration (ORGA) promotes external funding for research, academic projects and scholarly activities, and compliance with applicable regulations and College policies and procedures relating to research activities. ORGA is a central source of information on major government agencies, foundations, and corporations which impact research and scholarship.
  • Find research opportunities
  • Academic grant matching funds for external grants requiring a match
  • Monitoring for potential grant sources
  • Dissemination of grant announcements

Support for New Faculty

Support for New Faculty from the Department, Dean, and Provost may include:
  • Start-up funds
  • Moving expense assistance
  • Special Programs

Departmental resource information should be obtained from your Department Chair about:

  • Departmental research budgets
  • Departmental travel budgets
  • Departmental start-up funding for new faculty

Information about Deans' discretionary budgets should be obtained from your Department Chair and School Dean for:

  • Indirect cost sharing accounts
  • Regular budgets

Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities

View opportunities on URCA.cofc.edu.

The URCA program offers several competitive grants to support undergraduate research and creative activities, and to support travel to conferences to disseminate your work. As part of this program the work must be done under the direction of a College of Charleston faculty member, and it is expected that the results of the project will be disseminated in appropriate academic or professional forums. Each application requires at least two participants: an undergraduate student and a College of Charleston faculty member. The student applicant must be a full time, degree-seeking College of Charleston undergraduate student with a minimum cumulative GPA of least 2.5. A faculty member at the College of Charleston must serve as the Principal Investigator on the project.The types of grants available are:

Major Academic Year Support (MAYS) - provides funding to cover student research expenses for projects carried out during the academic year. Maximum award amount $5000.00. To review the application guidelines and download the application forms, visit theGrant Forms page.

Research Presentation Grants (RPG) - provides funding to support students who are traveling to present the results of student-faculty research. Maximum award amount $750.00 for international or national conferences, $200 for regional conferences, and $50 for in-state conferences. To review the application guidelines and download the application forms, visit the Grant Forms page.

Summer Research with Faculty (SURF) - provides funding to cover student research expenses for projects carried out during the summer. Maximum award amount $6500.00. To review the application guidelines and download the application forms, visit the Grant Forms page. To see successful grants in specific areas, please visit the links below:

Nationally Competitive Fellowships for Students

Graduate School