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Harry & 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.  

Grant Objectives

  1. To enhance the research and teaching opportunities of individual faculty who are interested in projects involving the country of Estonia;
  2. To increase the number of faculty who are knowledgeable about programs and resources available for faculty and students in Estonia;
  3. To encourage faculty to learn more about Estonia so that they are prepared to lead student exchange programs in the future. 
 Projects that involve collaboration with colleagues in Estonia at the University of Tartu and projects with the potential to involve other faculty and students are especially desirable. 


Funded projects can be new ideas or an expansion of an existing project to include Estonia. For example, scholars who work on Eastern Europe/Russia and whose work intersects with the culture, literature, history, language, natural environment, etc. of Estonia are encouraged to apply. Funding may be used for travel expenses associated with research in residence and the use of University of Tartu archives and library facilities as two examples.

A minimum of two grants of up to $5000 each will be awarded to full-time faculty members. Full time faculty include tenured and tenure-track as well as instructors and other continuing faculty.  A review committee (Doryjane Birrer and Scott Poole, representing past and present chairs of the Faculty R&D committee; Lynne Ford representing the Provost; and Sue Sommer-Kresse  serving as  the liaison with the Huge Foundation) will review proposals and make a recommendation on awards.  The deadline for this opportunity has passed. Updated information will be posted when it becomes available. 

About the Foundation

The Harry and Reba Huge Foundation ( ) is a 501(c)3 non-profit providing scholarships and opportunities for student scholars with the drive and potential to be leaders. Through international student and professional exchange and development programs, students, donors, and teachers are given the chance to expand their view and excel. The Huge Foundation funds several programs at the College of Charleston including:  Honors Program scholarships and student travel grants.   Also, the Foundation supports students from the University of Tartu (Estonia) to study at the College of Charleston.   In April, 2013 in conjunction with the Huge Foundation, the College of Charleston hosted delegations from the University of Tartu and Nebraska Wesleyan University to discuss partnership projects and faculty/student exchanges. 

Message from the Provost

I am excited about the College of Charleston partnership with the Huge Foundation and encourage all faculty whose teaching and research relate to Estonia to consider this opportunity. Having personally visited Estonia and the University of Tartu, I can attest to the beauty of the country, the passion for engagement and academic exchange by their faculty and the possibility for continuing collaboration this grant opportunity offers.


Please complete the Huge Foundation Grant Application (PDF) (or DOC version) and on a separate page, provide a detailed proposal of approximately 1000 words outlining your project and specifically highlighting how the proposed activities involve the country of Estonia and promote one or both objectives.  Include an itemized budget, expected project outcomes, the likelihood of involving other faculty and students in the project, and a time-line for your project. Please attach a recent curriculum vitae when submitting your proposal. 

The deadline for this opportunity has passed. Updated information will be posted when it becomes available.