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Internal Funding: Research Fellowship in Distance Education

Research Fellowship in Distance Education

The Walden University Research Fellowship in Distance Education provides funding to support research endeavors that contribute both theoretical and applied knowledge to the growing field of distance education. This program is designed to encourage research conducted in the name of the university and to continuously improve the distance education programs at Walden University through research. Fellowship funds are to be used to support the direct cost of conducting research.

Eligibility

The Research Fellowship in Distance Education is open to Walden University faculty, staff, and students. While only research proposals that are determined to be of exceptional scholarly merit will be funded, in an effort to recognize newly emerging scholars, proposals submitted by students will be considered for funding from a separate pool.  The research fellowship funds cannot be used for tuition at Walden, or another institution. 

  • Must be a Walden University employee in good standing for at least 2 years. 
  • Currently active in teaching and/or student-related activities (not administrative).
  • Must not have been a recipient of the Research Fellowship in Distance Education or the Don E. Ackerman Fellowship in Educational Leadership (sponsored by Walden University) within the last 5 years.
  • Must not be engaged in other related research grants or fellowships. 
  • Agrees not to engage in multiple related research projects during the period of the Walden fellowship. 
  • Must be a student currently enrolled in a Walden Ph.D.D or professional doctorate program.
  • Must be a Walden student in good academic standing.
  • Must have a dissertation or doctoral study proposal that has been approved by the student’s committee.
  • Must have University Research Reviewer (URR) approval for the proposed research.
  • Must have research ethics (IRB) approval for the proposed research.
  • Must not have been a recipient of the Research Fellowship in Distance Education or the Don E. Ackerman Fellowship in Educational Leadership (sponsored by Walden University) within the last 5 years.
  • Must not be engaged in other related research grants or fellowships. 
  • Agrees not to engage in multiple related research projects during the period of the Walden fellowship. 

Fellowship Amount & Duration

This request for proposals (RFP) is for one-time, short-term (1 year, maximum) research studies. Research must be completed within 1 calendar year from the date the fellowship was awarded, as specified in the fellowship application. The fellowship funds cannot be used for tuition at Walden, or another institution.

For any fellowship monies to be disbursed to the recipient, proof of compliance with Walden University regulations regarding the protection of human subjects in research and Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval is required.

Although a funding ceiling is provided below, researchers are encouraged to request only the amount of funds needed to conduct their proposed research activities, rather than the maximum amount available. The number of fellowships awarded in each funding level will be determined by the quality and size of the applicant pool as well as the availability of program funds. 

$8,000 funding ceiling for collaborative or single investigator authored research proposals. 

Note: Students may be included in the research team, but the team must be led by faculty or staff members. 

$1,000 funding ceiling for research conducted by a single student.

  • The research proposed by students must be based upon their doctoral capstone research.
  • Up to two fellowships may be awarded, depending upon availability of program funds. 

Criteria for Selection

The overall merit of the proposed research will be considered and evaluated by Walden’s Chief Academic Officer, working with a review committee. 

The final selection will be made based upon the following general criteria: 

  • Reflects theoretically sound and evidence-based research.
  • Indicates that the research will contribute to distance education pedagogy.
  • Shows evidence of collaboration, or willingness to collaborate, with other Walden University schools, as appropriate. (*this criterion does not apply to student applicants)

Program Timeline

September 10: Application deadline. Application deadline extended December 3, 2018

October 15: Fellowship recipients announced. Fellowship recipients announced December 28, 2018

December 31 of following year: Research must be completed.

Faculty/Staff Fellowship Application Process

Please submit a fellowship application containing all of the items specified below, including all requested attachments. Each applicant may submit or be included as part of only one fellowship application.

 

Applications should be submitted electronically to the Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP), at grants@mail.waldenu.edu, as one single attachment (Word or PDF document).

Applications should include and be ordered as follows:

  1. Cover Page
  2. Research Abstract
  3. Research Description
  4. Timetable
  5. Research Budget
  6. Human Subjects Review
  7. Plans for Dissemination of Research Findings
  8. C.V. or NIH-formatted Bio-sketch

Specific instructions on how to complete each section of the itemized application elements above are available here in the Distance Education Faculty/Staff Application Elements document.

Student Fellowship Application Process

NEW AS OF OCTOBER 2018 

To simplify the fellowship application, we have created an online submission process, which is available for students only. The link below will take you to an online fellowship application that will allow you to select relevant fields from drop-down menus, enter individualized text responses, and upload supporting documentation.

Apply for the Research Fellowship in Distance Education

Since this fellowship opportunity is intended to support capstone research, students must have a dissertation or doctoral study proposal that has been approved by their committee as well as both URR and IRB approval. In light of this, the content of the fellowship application draws heavily from the approved proposal rather than requiring the applicant to write a new proposal. 

Instructions about how to complete the online fellowship application are provided in the form itself; however, to make the process smoother, following are materials/information you might want to have ready to complete the online application: 

  • Student ID# 

  • Copy of your approved dissertation/doctoral study from which you will be able to cut and paste relevant information (such as the abstract, problem statement, research question, etc.). 

  • Anticipated date of graduation 

  • Dollar amount you plan to request (maximum is $1,000 but you are not required to request the full amount). 

  • A copy of the Walden IRB approval letter for your dissertation/doctoral study (to be uploaded as an attachment to the online application form). 

  • A copy of the Walden URR approval letter for your dissertation/doctoral study (to be uploaded as an attachment to the online application form). 

  • A copy of your resume or curriculum vitae (to be uploaded as an attachment to the online application form). 

Once the online application form has been submitted you will receive an automatic reply confirming receipt of your fellowship application, which will include the tracking number for your application (PRF-2018-DE-S-XX). 

Although student applications for the Research Fellowship in Distance Education will no longer be accepted by email you are welcome to contact grants@mail.waldenu.edu with questions about your fellowship application, and the Distance Education Fellowship program in general. If inquiring about a specific fellowship application that has already been submitted online, please reference your fellowship application tracking number in your email.

More Information

Please contact grants@mail.waldenu.edu with questions about the Fellowship in Distance Education Program.