Call for proposals open for 2023–2024 CUMU-Collaboratory Research Fellowship


Unique opportunity for researchers to advance scholarship through a collaborative relationship with an industry leader and national association.

Collaboratory, in partnership with the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), is pleased to open the call for proposals for the 2023–2024 CUMU-Collaboratory research fellowship. The fellow will leverage Collaboratory data to advance knowledge around campus-community partnerships, with a focus on larger, more quantitative methodologies that examine larger trends and patterns, challenge assumptions, and clarify anecdotal evidence. Proposals are due November 12, 2023, and details can be found in the complete call for proposals (PDF).

The Fellow will receive an award of $5,000 to pursue the identified research question(s). The Fellow will conduct original research, then develop white papers and contribute to webinars to disseminate their findings. Proposals must be from a faculty member, staff, post-doc or graduate student from a CUMU member institution.

About Collaboratory:

Collaboratory is a one-of-a-kind software that helps higher education understand the landscape of their engagement—the who, what, where, when and why of activities designed with and for their communities. Institutions committed to community engagement are challenged to track essential aspects of activities and partnerships for the purpose of planning, reporting, and accreditation/classifications, as well as to build best practice and impactful outcomes. In Collaboratory, the specific details of campus-community activities are connected to a network of affiliated community partners, units on campus, courses, and institutional programs and initiatives. The resulting data enables administrators and scholars to develop institutional identity around community engagement, increase buy-in and understanding for community engagement and public service from internal and external stakeholders, advocate for its recognition in faculty rewards and institutional plans and policies, and demonstrate the value and impacts of their partnerships.

About CUMU:

The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) is the longest-running and largest organization committed to serving and connecting urban and metropolitan universities. CUMU focuses on strengthening institutions that are developing new responses to the pressing educational, economic, and social issues of the day. CUMU was formed in 1989 by leaders of metropolitan and urban institutions who realized their unique challenges and opportunities as they looked to the future of higher education. Today, CUMU is dedicated to its member institutions and to the creation and dissemination of knowledge on the issues that face our urban and metropolitan campuses and the communities we serve.

Want to Learn More About Collaboratory?

If your institution is interested to learn more about how to leverage Collaboratory to tell your story of engagement, email info@cecollaboratory.

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