Independent Scholarship, Research and Creativity Awards (ISRCA)

The Provost and the Vice President for Research invite applications for the Independent Scholarship, Research, and Creativity Awards (ISRCA)  -  a new funding opportunity to support faculty pursuing independent scholarly and/or creative projects. Funds of up to $10,000 per award will support semester teaching release, summer salary, and/or research related expenses.
This program is designed to support the professional advancement of faculty engaged in scholarly and creative pursuits that use historical, humanistic, interpretive, or ethnographic approaches; explore aesthetic, ethical, and/or cultural values and their roles in society; conduct critical or rhetorical analyses; engage in archival and/or field research; or develop or produce creative works. Awardees will be selected based on peer review of the quality of the proposed project, the degree to which the project will lead to the applicant’s professional advancement, and the potential academic and societal impact of the project. 
Please see the RFP for the full guidelines here.
ISRCA - Letter of Support Template
Applications will be accepted through the UMD InfoReady Portal:
Please direct any questions about the program to Eric Chapman, Associate Vice President for Research, at


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2021 ISRCA awardees


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2020 ISRCA awardees



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