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Mountain West Center for Regional Studies Small Grants Program

The Mountain West Center for Regional Studies (MWC) Small Grants Program is designed to foster research, writing and creative production in and about the Intermountain West. Small grants programs are available for faculty and graduate students.


Purpose of the Small Grants Program

The mission of the Mountain West Center is to carry out activities that increase our understanding of the Interior West, its land, history, and cultural groups. Successful grant applications must demonstrate how the research fits with this mission. Funds are awarded in support of research or creative activities leading to a creative product. Awardees are required to formally acknowledge the Mountain West Center for Regional Studies in the funded work/product, and to submit a final report on the outcome of the funded activities.

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Faculty Small Grants Program

This program will fund grant requests in any amount up to $2,000 on a competitive basis for full-time, benefitted faculty members (including RCDE) of Utah State University. Funds are awarded in support of research or creative activites leading to submission of a journal article, book chapter, book manuscript, or (other) creative product. Small grants are not intended to fund meeting attendance or faculty salary. 

The Guidelines, Cover Sheet, and Budget Template for the next grant cycle (Spring 2018) will be available February 1, 2018, with a submission deadline of April 2, 2018. Please email mwc@usu.edu with any questions.

Graduate Student Research Grants Program

This program will fund grant requests in any amount up to $1,000 on a competitive basis for full-time, graduate students matriculated in a USU College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHaSS) Masters or PhD program. Funds are awarded in support of research or creative activites leading to the completion of a thesis or dissertation. Small grants are not intended to fund meeting attendance, tuition or salary. 

The Guidelines, Cover Sheet, and Budget Template for the next grant cycle (Spring 2018) will be available February 1, 2018 with a submission deadline of April 2, 2018. Please email mwc@usu.edu with any questions.

Examples of Funded Faculty Grant Proposals
  • Jackson Hole Dude Ranching Folklife Project
  • Cohort Differences in Determinants of Early Marriage: The Role of Selection and Social Context
  • The Mechanics of Merit Selection
  • Between 'I Love Drilling' and a .45 Taurus Judge Pistol
  • The Cowboy Craze: Western-Themed Games of the Cold War Era
Examples of Funded Graduate Student Proposals
  • Mapping the Murals of the of the Intermountain Indian School
  • Variability in Long Bone Processing: The Result of Bone Resiliency or Marrow Utility?
  • Environmental Behavior Related to Air Quality: A Study of Chinese Immigrants