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Faculty Grants Guidelines 

The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies & Research (CASAR), in accordance with its mission to increase knowledge about the the United States in the Middle East, as well as the relationships between the two regions, is accepting grant applications from AUB faculty members for three kinds of scholarly activity:

I. Conference Travel Grant (Deadline is five weeks prior to departure)

II. Research Travel Grant (Deadline is March 15th)

III. Summer Research Stipend Grant (Deadline is March 15th)

All grants are intended to support research related to American studies.  AUB Faculty (except for instructors and lecturers) may apply for grants in more than one category, but may receive funding in any one category only once per year. An applicant may receive funding for a conference travel grant in addition to either a Research Travel Grant or a Summer Research Stipend Grant during the same year. Applications for all grants require the completion and submission of the Application Form for American Studies Grants for AUB Faculty, in addition to the other required documents for each category. All documents should be submitted to the CASAR office (301 Building 37, behind the old Lee Observatory). Specific guidelines and instructions for the three types of grants are outlined below.

Grant applications will be evaluated based on the strength of the written proposal, the relevance of the proposal to CASAR’s mission, and the potential impact of the research on future publications and presentations.

I.  Conference Travel Grant

The Conference Travel Grant is similar to the URB short-term grants, but only supports conference presentations on American Studies topics. Applications for this type of grant should be submitted to the CASAR office at least five weeks prior to the departure date. These grants will cover the registration fee to attend and participate as a presenter in a conference. Funding also covers expenses for food and lodging, airfare and local transportation as indicated by the comptroller’s office per diem list. 

Required Documents:

If your grant is approved, CASAR will cover two kinds of expenses:

  • Airplane ticket: You are requested to purchase the ticket through AUB Auxiliary Services. CASAR will directly pay the auxiliary services for the amount of the ticket.
  • For all other expenses, you will receive an advance payment for your travel pending the travel request and leave request were submitted a month before the date of travel. Eligible expenses include: 
    - Transportation from airport to conference location and back (does not include car rental). 
    - Conference registration fee. 
    - Lodging and food expenses, justified by receipts, up to the per diem rates as specified by the office of the comptroller for lodging and food. (The per diem amounts are now automatically generated on the new Travel request form, you just have to fill the "advance" sheet in addition to the "Raout" on the above Request and authorization for Official University Travel).

Evaluation:

An expense report should be submitted to the CASAR office within two weeks after returning from your trip. It should be accompanied by receipts for all the above expenses. Any extra expense for accommodation and meals above the per diem rate will not be honored.

You are requested to submit a Microsoft Word version of the paper you presented at the conference or a summary of your project to CASAR within one month after your return. This will be uploaded to CASAR website. Failing to do so will preclude you from receiving a future CASAR grant.

II. Research Travel Grant

This grant involves travel for the purpose of researching an American studies topic. The applicant will receive a stipend of $2000 USD per month (up to two months) in addition to the cost of an airplane ticket. The dates of the research should be within July 1st - August 31st inclusive. The deadline for applications is March 15th.

Required Documents:

If your grant is approved, CASAR will cover two kinds of expenses:  

  • Airplane ticket: You are requested to purchase the ticket through AUB Auxiliary Services. CASAR will directly pay the auxiliary services for the amount of the ticket.
  • For all other expenses, you will receive a payment voucher for cash in advance ($2000 USD / month). These expenses include: 
    -
    Transportation expenses (including car rental). 
    -
    Lodging. 
    -
    Food (Please save your receipts for auditing purposes; however, you will not need to submit receipts for food unless the expenses exceed $75 USD/day). 
    -
    Other research expenses (such as copying etc...)

Evaluation:

An expense report should be submitted to the CASAR office within two weeks after returning from your trip. It should be accompanied by receipts for all the above expenses.

You are requested to submit a summary of your project in Microsoft Word format to CASAR within one month after your return. This will be uploaded to CASAR’s website. Failing to do so will preclude you from receiving a future CASAR grant.

III. Summer Research Stipend Grant

The Research Stipend Grant will be awarded to applicants who wish to conduct research related to American Studies while staying in Lebanon during the summer semester. The deadline for applications is March 15th. This grant does not involve travel. The applicant will receive a stipend of $2000 per month to be spent on research purposes. This money will be processed via payroll (and thus will be subject to taxes according the Lebanese Labor law). In order to be eligible for this grant, applicants cannot participate in any teaching during the summer.

Required Documents:

Accepted applicants will receive a letter of approval, and will be asked to sign a summer contract with AUB. This contract should be signed and approved by the CASAR director, your department chair, and your dean.

Evaluation:

You are requested to submit a summary report of your project in Microsoft Word format to casar@aub.edu.lb by 31st of October. This will be uploaded to CASAR website. Failing to do so will preclude you from receiving a future CASAR grant.

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