CBGJ Faculty Research Grant

The Center for Border and Global Journalism (CBGJ) of the UA School of Journalism (SoJ) is now offering faculty grants for work domestically or abroad on research projects involving the study of freedom of expression and freedom of the press. Click HERE to apply. 


  • All current UA full-time faculty, including non-tenure track faculty. Post-doctoral scholars are also eligible.

  • Professors emeriti and visiting faculty are not eligible.

  • No more than one grant may be awarded to the same individual within two academic years.

Award specifics:

  • Amount: up to $1,500.

  •  “Research” is meant to denote investigative activities, i.e., scholarly projects to advance knowledge, shed light, and improve understanding of freedom of expression and freedom of the press in any academic discipline.

  • Proposal evaluation criteria: scholarly merit, including clarity of project or research question, appropriateness of methods, contribution to the discipline, new multidisciplinary efforts; and significance to freedom of expression or global journalism efforts (e.g., background and context).

  • Preference is given to projects that have a clear potential to provide significant benefit to the career of the candidate or the CBGJ or to yield long-term ties between the University of Arizona and individual scholars or research groups outside the United States. For use in the United States or abroad.

  • Non-transferable and will apply only towards the activities for which they were granted. Allowable expenditures include research-related travel, visas, lodging, per diem, software, research supplies, archival/database fees, payment of consultants, and research assistance.

  • Unallowable expenditures include, but are not limited to, travel to conferences, faculty salaries, the purchase of general-purpose equipment, costs of curriculum development or work that is part of a scheduled course, and costs incurred prior to the award period. Grants cannot be made in support of studies leading to an advanced degree for the applicant.

  • All awards are subject to funding availability, and all expenditures are handled through the Marshall Business Center, contact Jennifer Paine, japaine@email.arizona.edu


Application packet should include:

  1. CBGJ faculty research grant application. Available here.

  2. Proposal (maximum 3 pages with budget).

    • Including title, abstract and narrative. The narrative should include the project’s objectives, proposed methodology, research significance, and anticipated results. Include what opportunities this may present for you as well as the CBGJ. See the award specifics section, above, for more details.

    • Include the proposal a separate budget of reimbursable expenditures that are appropriate to the specific needs of the project. A justification of budget items is required.
      - GOOD: $1,250.00 translation of interviews in Spanish and Arabic. I estimate 25 interviews x 1 hour each = 25 hours to be translated @ $50 per hour = $1,250.00.
      - BAD: $1,250. 00 for translation.

    • List of other support you are receiving or for which you have applied to this research.

  3. CV

  4. A letter of support from the department/division head or dean or an academic in the field of specialization.

A committee of three faculty members from journalism or related disciplines will decide on the awards based on the above evaluation criteria.

Please email the application packet as one PDF file plus the application to Mike Chesnick, outreach coordinator at the School of Journalism, mchesnick1@email.arizona.edu. In the Subject line place: CBGJ Research Application.

Pre-Research Requirements:

  • Award money issued contingent upon:

    • As soon as possible after being notified of receiving the award, awardees must make an appointment with the Marshall Business Center to develop a spending plan.

    • If your research requires institutional approvals (e.g., human subjects), you must document these before funds will be released.

    • For award projects involving travel, awardees must complete and submit a UA Travel Authorization Form (signed by your department head and submitted to the Marshall Business Center, Marshall Bldg., Room 478). Those traveling abroad must also register through the UA International Travel Registry. If your destination has a Travel Warning issued by the U.S. State Department, you must also complete the “Supplemental Travel Authorization” section of the registration. In such cases, the award cannot be disbursed without UA approval. Check current Travel Warnings at: http://travel.state.gov.

Post-Research requirements:

  • All research expenses must be paid within four weeks of the end of the research project.

  • Within one month of the end of the funding period, awardees are required to submit to CBGJ a one-page report on project outcomes/accomplishments to CBGJ Director William Schmidt, wschmidt@email.arizona.edu and Mike Chesnick, mchesnick1@email.arizona.edu.

  • Awardee must offer a public presentation of the research within an academic year of the end of the research.

  • Awardee must credit CBGJ as research is disseminated.

  • Failure to adhere to any of these requirements may result in the researcher being ineligible for future CBGJ funding.

Contact: Mike Chesnick, Outreach Coordinator, UA School of Journalism, 520-626-3079, mchesnick1@email.arizona.edu

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