Purpose and Scope

The Study Grant Program at Collin County Community College is designed to provide support for faculty to undertake independent study of significant texts and topics in their own or related disciplines.

The program provides a stipend that is the equivalent of teaching two 3-credit “overload” courses at the Associate pay rate during either a Fall, Spring, Summer I, II or III semester. The Study Grant does not release faculty members from teaching their required full-time load, nor can it be used to exceed the maximum number of courses faculty are allowed to teach each semester. Moreover, the award of a Study Grant may not be combined with a sabbatical, any form of leave, or banked courses.

Up to ten Study Grants will be awarded each academic year, subject to annual budgetary approval. The application deadline for the Fall 2017, Spring and Summer 2018 semesters is February 15, 2017.

Study Grants emphasize rigorous study of significant texts, issues and topics in the applicant’s discipline and/or collateral fields. The study plan, which is at the heart of the application, must demonstrate a clearly defined inquiry with specific aims and a well-designed reading list of primary and, if considered necessary, secondary works.

Projects shaped only by the need to prepare courses or otherwise respond to curricular or institutional requirements fall outside of the scope of this program. Moreover, Study Grants are not intended to support projects that investigate teaching methods. The primary aim should be the applicant’s intellectual enrichment.

Following the conclusion of the grant period, recipients will, within the following semester (1) submit an annotated bibliography of the sources read during the study, and (2) conduct a colloquium for interested faculty and staff highlighting the information gained during the study.


All faculty who have received a multi-year contract.

Faculty receiving Study Grants may not re-apply for a period of three years following the receipt of the award.

Application Process

Applicants will submit

(1) a brief letter of interest that summarizes the goals of the proposed study and specific semester the applicant would like the grant to take effect,

(2) a detailed study plan (see below for instructions), and

(3) a bibliography (include publisher, date of publication) of sources to be analyzed during the grant period.

Include a cover sheet with the application that lists your name, phone number and email address but do not include any identifying information on either the study plan or the reading list.

Completed applications should be sent electronically as attachments to the acting Task Force Chair, Adam Miller (

The application deadline for the Fall 2017, Spring and Summer 2018 semesters is February 15, 2017.

Proposed Study Plan

The study plan, not to exceed twelve single-spaced pages (not counting the weekly schedule and bibliography), must include enough details about the ideas and topics to be explored to enable reviewers to assess the quality, feasibility and potential of the project. A simple statement of intent or need is insufficient evidence that a project merits support.

The study plan must include:

  • A rationale for the plan, explaining why you chose this line of study, how it relates to your academic background and interests, and how it will foster your personal growth as a scholar.
  • A clear explanation of the topics and questions to be explored, their significance, and the planned approach or line of inquiry. 
  • A challenging yet realistic weekly work-plan that is keyed to a reading list of primary and, if considered necessary, secondary sources. Provide a brief justification of why you chose these particular sources in your study.
  • A brief discussion of how the results of this study will affect your intellectual growth; also indicate how the results might be brought to audiences other than students (e.g. other faculty, professional organizations, and the general public).

Criteria for Selection

Faculty members on the task force will use a “blind” reviewing procedure to evaluate applications for Study Grants.  To facilitate this process, be certain that no identifying information appears on the study plan or the list of proposed readings that you submit.

Applications will be judged using the following criteria:

  • The significance of the topic or project and the choice of texts, events, persons, or materials to be studied;
  • The conception, definition, organization, and description of the proposed study or project;
  • The study or project’s potential to enhance the applicant’s professional and intellectual life;
  • The likelihood that the applicant will successfully complete the proposed plan of study.

The Study Grant Task Force

The Study Grant Task Force is made up of seven faculty members with Dr. Mary S. McRae, Vice–President/Provost of Spring Creek Campus serving ex officio. The seven faculty are: Larry Stern, Chair (Sociology-SCC), Greg Sherman (Physics-SCC), Chris Morgan (Music-SCC), Adam Miller (Philosophy-(CPC), Kandice Roun (Dental Hygiene-CPC), Brett Adams (History-PRC), and Lauryn Angel (English-PRC). During each review process, a number of additional reviewers, drawn from the previous year’s grant recipients, serve in an advisory capacity as reviewers and will rotate off the task force after a period of not more than two years.