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National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition

Fidler Grant Application Requirements

Applicants for the Paul P. Fidler Research Grant must complete a research proposal as outlined below.

Please Note: Submissions are limited to one proposal per applicant. Only complete proposals will be considered.

Proposal items include:

  • Brief Description (100-word maximum) of how principal investigator's experiences have prepared them to conduct the proposed research. Please do not include personally identifiable information.
  • Research Study Title
  • Abstract (100-word maximum). The abstract should be a brief summary of the proposal's key points.
  • Introduction (400-word maximum). Introduce the issues/theories/programs to be addressed by your research. Be sure to include the rationale for the study, a discussion of relevant literature, and the proposal's connection to college student transitions.
  • Method and Procedures (800-word maximum). Describe the research methodology. Be sure to address the research question(s), sample/subject selection, data collection, instruments/protocols, and data analysis.
  • Potential Implications (200-word maximum). Be sure to discuss the potential impact of your findings on college student success.
  • Timeline (100-word maximum or small table). Provide a timeline of activities related to this research. Please include anticipated start date(s) and completion date(s) for all relevant activities (i.e., data collection, analysis, dissemination). Please note that research must be completed so that presentation of findings can be made at the National Conference on Students in Transition in Fall 2025.
  • References (as needed, no word limit). Fully cite all sources referenced in your proposal. Please use APA style (7th edition) throughout the proposal.
  • Budget (no word limit). Provide an itemized budget for all expenditures that total up to $5,000.
  • Contact and CV (no word limit) The proposal also requires submission of contact information for the principal investigator and any additional researcher(s), as well as a PDF of a current curriculum vitae for the principal investigator only.

Research Requirements and Selection Criteria

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. Methodology must be appropriate for the research question(s).
  • explore unique issues, subjects, analysis, participants and/or sample. 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.

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