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Center for Families Funding Program

The Center for Families’ annual funding program supports the study of families from a cross-disciplinary, life course perspective. Each year, the center will identify a research theme determined to be of timely, strategic significance to families. Faculty and students who choose to submit applications which incorporate this theme into their submission will receive preference in review.

Faculty and students from all departments and colleges are encouraged to apply.

Annual process
  • All available funding opportunities are announced by October of each year.
  • Research theme will be announced along with the funding opportunities.
  • All applications are due the following January
  • All fellowships, awards, and scholarships are announced by April.
  • An annual award breakfast is held in March or April.
  • All recipients submit a report summarizing the work completed during the project period by March 1 of the following year.

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Faculty Opportunities

Faculty Fellowship ($10,000)

Each year the Center for Families awards one faculty fellowship of up to $10,000 to support a research project or proposal. Faculty must determine which fellowship focus to apply under.

Fellowship Focus

A Burkhart Fellow will focus their research primarily on emerging family issues. Topics of particular interest include healthy family functioning; evolving family forms; and family disparities in educational, employment, or community settings. Lorene Burkhart, the founding donor of the Center for Families, is passionately committed to family well-being.

A Kontos Fellow will focus their research on optimizing the development of children and youth. Topics of particular interest include child care and early childhood education; the health and development of children and youth in challenging contexts; and the inclusion of disadvantaged or underrepresented children and youth in educational, employment, or community settings. Susan Kontos was the founding director of the Center for Families and an international authority in the field of early childhood education.

A Hancook Fellow will focus their research on maximizing the health, well-being, and development of adults as individuals, parents, and partners. Topics of particular interest include assessing and addressing community needs and investigating, promoting, and nurturing conditions that foster successful family functioning. Ann Hancook, former Associate Dean for Extension in the School of Consumer and Family Sciences, was a central figure in founding the Center for Families.

How to Apply

All materials listed below must be combined into one file in PDF and submitted through the electronic CFF application process.

  • Statement of Purpose no longer than 3 double-spaced pages in which you:
    • Identify the goals of your proposed project
    • Explain how this project aligns with the opportunity you are applying for and how it will advance the work of the Center for Families
    • Provide a summary of your relevant experiences and qualifications for carrying out this project
  • A Budget Justification or COEUS budget. CFF Fellowship funds should not be allocated to indirect costs
  • Curriculum Vitae

Faculty may apply for more than one award, but can receive only one. Preference will be given to CFF faculty partners, faculty who have not previously received CFF funding, proposals that will lead to external funding affiliated with the Center for Families, and/or proposals that incorporate the annual research theme.

Faculty fellowships are currently supported by the Robert O. And Zelma C. Swaim Memorial Fund.

Bob L. and Joyce Beery Miles Undergraduate Research Enhancement Grant ($500)

This grant is given to faculty to fund student training and involvement in research. Funds can be used for student travel to research or training opportunities, or to provide stipends for undergraduate members of research teams. Faculty members apply on behalf of students.

How to Apply

All materials listed below must be combined into one file in PDF and submitted through the electronic CFF application process.

  • Statement of Purpose no longer than 3 double-spaced pages in which you:
    • Identify the goals of your proposed project
    • Explain how this project aligns with the opportunity you are applying for and how it will advance the work of the Center for Families
    • Provide a summary of your relevant experiences and qualifications for carrying out this project
  • A Budget Justification or COEUS budget. CFF Fellowship funds should not be allocated to indirect costs
  • Curriculum Vitae

Faculty may apply for more than one award, but can receive only one. Preference will be given to CFF faculty partners, faculty who have not previously received CFF funding, proposals that will lead to external funding affiliated with the Center for Families, and/or proposals that incorporate the annual research theme.

The Research Enhancement Grant is supported by the Bob L. and Joyce Beery Miles Research Endowment Fund.

Graduate Student Opportunities

Family Research Grant ($1,000)

This grant is for students who will generate important new information about families. It allows them to engage in a program of scholarly activity of their own design, related to the focus of the grant. Student work must be supervised by a faculty member.

How to Apply

All materials listed below must be combined into one file in PDF and submitted through the electronic CFF application process.

  • Statement of Purpose no longer than 3 double-spaced pages in which you:
    • Identify the goals of your proposed project
    • Explain how this project aligns with the opportunity you are applying for and how it will advance the work of the Center for Families
    • Provide a summary of your relevant experiences and qualifications for carrying out this project
  • Budget Justification (Describe how you will use the CFF funding to support your project goals)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of support from the faculty member(s) who has agreed to supervise the project work (Interdisciplinary Research Grant applicants must provide at least two letters of support from faculty in two different departments)

Students may apply for more than one opportunity. Preference is given to those who have not been selected to receive other CFF funding, students who are advised by CFF faculty partners, and/or proposals that incorporate the annual research theme.

Studorshka Interdisciplinary Research Grant ($500)

This grant is for students who have chosen a field of study that combines one or more academic disciplines with the study of the families. It allows them to engage in a program of scholarly activity of their own design, related to the focus of the grant. The work must be supervised by two faculty members in two different departments.

How to Apply

All materials listed below must be combined into one file in PDF and submitted through the electronic CFF application process.

  • Statement of Purpose no longer than 3 double-spaced pages in which you:
    • Identify the goals of your proposed project
    • Explain how this project aligns with the opportunity you are applying for and how it will advance the work of the Center for Families
    • Provide a summary of your relevant experiences and qualifications for carrying out this project
  • Budget Justification (Describe how you will use the CFF funding to support your project goals)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of support from the faculty member(s) who has agreed to supervise the project work (Interdisciplinary Research Grant applicants must provide at least two letters of support from faculty in two different departments)

Students may apply for more than one opportunity. Preference is given to those who have not been selected to receive other CFF funding, students who are advised by CFF faculty partners, and/or proposals that incorporate the annual research theme.

The Interdisciplinary Research Grant is supported by the Studorshka Interdisciplinary Research Endowment.

Catherine L. Justice Family Nutrition Grant ($1,000)

This grant is for students pursuing research on the quality of life for children and families, focusing on nutrition, and specifically diet or public policy. It allows them to engage in a program of scholarly activity of their own design, related to the focus of the grant. Student work must be supervised by a faculty member.

How to Apply

All materials listed below must be combined into one file in PDF and submitted through the electronic CFF application process.

  • Statement of Purpose no longer than 3 double-spaced pages in which you:
    • Identify the goals of your proposed project
    • Explain how this project aligns with the opportunity you are applying for and how it will advance the work of the Center for Families
    • Provide a summary of your relevant experiences and qualifications for carrying out this project
  • Budget Justification (Describe how you will use the CFF funding to support your project goals)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of support from the faculty member(s) who has agreed to supervise the project work (Interdisciplinary Research Grant applicants must provide at least two letters of support from faculty in two different departments)

Students may apply for more than one opportunity. Preference is given to those who have not been selected to receive other CFF funding, students who are advised by CFF faculty partners, and/or proposals that incorporate the annual research theme.

This award is available thanks to the Catherine L. Justice Trust.

Leo and Elva Levien Family Policy Internship ($1,000 + Graduate – 59000 Credit)

This Internship is for students who have an interest in learning about the translations of research to policy. Along with this internship, recipients will receive the Levien Scholarship, which was created to support students committed to fostering family values and bettering families.

Interns assist with planning and conducting research for the Indiana Family Impact Seminar and the Family Impact Institute. The seminar, which takes place annually in November, educates state legislators about the implications of policy issues for families.

Students must be in at least their second year of study to apply. Interns must register for 3-4 credits, with a minimum of 2 credits to be taken in the fall.

How to Apply

All materials listed below must be combined into one file in PDF and submitted through the electronic CFF application process.

  • Statement of Purpose no longer than 2 double-spaced pages in which you:
    • Provide a summary of your relevant experiences and qualifications
    • Explain how this internship will support your future professional goals
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of support from a faculty member(s) regarding students qualification

Students may apply for more than one opportunity. Preference is given to those who have not been selected to receive other CFF funding, and students who are advised by CFF faculty partners.

This scholarship is possible due to the generosity of Betty Levien Krejci.

Edward V. and Mary E. McAllister Fellowship (not offered every year)

Given every three to five years, the McAllister fellow will collaborate with their advisor on research related to the quality of life for children and families. It is anticipated that the fellowship recipient will publish at least one working paper within the Center for Families. The fellowship is a 12-month, half-time position, carrying a stipend commensurate with Purdue University Graduate School Fellowships. Unlike some fellowships, the McAllister is not administered as an assistantship and carries no duties other than completion of the work described in student’s application. Applicants must have a master’s degree, have completed their PhD qualifying exam, and be a U.S. citizen.

How to Apply

All materials listed below must be combined into one file in PDF and submitted through the electronic CFF application process.

  • Statement of Purpose no longer than 3 double-spaced pages in which you:
    • Identify the goals of your proposed project
    • Explain how this project aligns with the opportunity you are applying for and how it will advance the work of the Center for Families
    • Provide a summary of your relevant experiences and qualifications for carrying out this project
  • Budget Justification (Describe how you will use the CFF funding to support your project goals)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of support from the faculty member(s) who has agreed to supervise the project work (Interdisciplinary Research Grant applicants must provide at least two letters of support from faculty in two different departments)

Students may apply for more than one opportunity. Preference is given to those who have not been selected to receive other CFF funding, students who are advised by CFF faculty partners, and/or proposals that incorporate the annual research theme.

Research with Families Internship (Graduate and Undergraduate – 59000 & 39000 credit)

Undergraduate Opportunities

Bob L. and Joyce Beery Miles Research Enhancement Grant

For the Research Enhancement Grant, faculty members must apply on behalf of students following the instruction outlined under faculty opportunities. Contact your faculty advisor with award information.