The mission of the Mershon Center is to advance interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to international, national, and human security. The center’s understanding of international security draws from a wide range of perspectives, approaches, and substantive foci. Therefore, successful applicants may come from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, communications, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, public affairs/administration, public policy, psychology, sociology, and other disciplines that engage international security broadly conceived.
The Mershon Center places an especially strong emphasis on supporting interdisciplinary and collaborative research. In an effort to promote this mission, the center has identified three key areas where faculty and graduate student research interests connect across disciplines to address common substantive problems. The center’s three core research clusters are:
- American Foreign and Military Policy
- Security and Governance
- Recovering from Violence
While these foci cannot fully encompass all the research interests of Mershon’s faculty and graduate students, they represent some of the strongest areas of overlapping interests. Learn more about the Mershon Center research clusters, and about the types of projects funded in past annual reports.
Applicants are encouraged to develop collaborative interdisciplinary proposals including a statement on how their project will contribute to the interdisciplinary development of knowledge. Interdisciplinary teams should strive to become more than the sum of their parts. The strongest team proposals will imagine a breakthrough that might come from active conceptual, methodological, and epistemological engagement across disciplines. Toward this end, promising teams will have a plan for their collaborative process. (For suggestions, see R. Bendix et. al., Sustaining Interdisciplinary Collaboration: A Guide for the Academy, University of Illinois Press, 2017.)
Faculty who receive awards will be expected actively participate in the Mershon Center and its activities. Grant recipients will be encouraged to participate in various center functions throughout the academic year and are welcome to request office space. They will be responsible for submitting a close-out report on project publications and other accomplishments, including submissions of external funding applications, and assistance with publicity related to Mershon projects by providing photos or other graphic materials.
Interested faculty should contact Christopher Gelpi, director of the Mershon Center and chair of peace studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-292-1631, to discuss any questions or ideas about potential project proposals. Any questions about budgets or expenditures can be directed to Kyle McCray at email@example.com or 614-292-3810.
Faculty research grants at the Mershon Center are administered via the three research clusters of the Mershon Center. Each cluster has their own specific foci, priorities and funding cycles. Applications are reviewed and selected by the leadership teams of each research cluster.
Download the Faculty Research Grant application form from the respective cluster below. It will download as a fillable Microsoft Word file. Please type all information requested for the grant application directly into this file and submit all application materials as email attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org, noting which cluster grant(s) you are applying for in the body text of the email. Please also attach each electronic document with your last name and document type; for example, smithvita.doc or smithproposal.doc
Specific grant instructions, deadlines and criteria will be listed in each cluster application form below.