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Course Release Grant Program

What are Course Release Grants?
The goal of the NSF ADVANCE program is to “increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce.” The Course Release Program provides funds for one-semester release from teaching responsibilities to promote the advancement (tenure and/or promotion) of tenure-track and tenured women faculty in STEM disciplines.

Who can apply for a Course Release Grant?
Assistant, Associate, and not-yet-tenured Professor ranks of NDSU women faculty in STEM disciplines may apply. Priority will be given to Assistant Professors who have recently received a third year review. Associate Professors will be given priority status if two years past their promotion from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor and have at least two years before they intend to apply for promotion to Professor. Priority will also be given to those who were hired at Associate Professor rank and have at least two years before they intend to apply for promotion to Professor. Associate Professors who previously received a Course Release Grant at the Assistant Professor rank are eligible to apply, but will not fall into the priority category.

Who is considered to be in a STEM discipline?
NDSU Advance FORWARD proposes to increase advancement of women faculty in core STEM disciplines, including the biological sciences, agricultural sciences, computer sciences, earth sciences, mathematical sciences, physical sciences, psychology, sociology and engineering. The National Science Foundation's classification of STEM degree programs can be found at, and serves as a guide as to which disciplines fall under STEM by NSF standards. Classification as STEM can be ambiguous; therefore the onus is on the applicant to clearly describe how her discipline is categorized as STEM. Applicants that are not clearly STEM in nature will not be considered.


Application Deadline for 2015-16 Academic Year: November 21, 2014

Course Release Grant Program Call for Applications for 2015-16 Academic Year
Course Release Grant Program Application Form for 2015-16 Academic Year
Course Release Grant Program Reviewer Form for 2015-16 Academic Year

List of awardees

Fall 2015

Spring 2014

Fall 2013

Spring 2013

Fall 2012

Spring 2012

Fall 2011

Spring 2011

 Fall 2010

 Spring 2010

 Fall 2009

 Spring 2009

*Awarded but not used due to change in status.


Acknowledging Support from NDSU Advance FORWARD

All scholarship resulting from funding programs must acknowledge support from the NDSU ADVANCE FORWARD program sponsored by the National Science Foundation, HRD-0811239. Awardees can use the following acknowledgment statement:

This research (in part) was supported by National Science Foundation Grant # HRD-0811239 to the NDSU Advance FORWARD program.

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