Faculty & Staff Innovation Grants

Shenkman Career Services Fund

The Faculty & Staff Innovation Grants (FSI) provide funding for GW faculty and staff to create professional and career development activities for their students. Funding is provided to offset costs associated with infusing career-related materials into existing or new class curricula and/or departmental, program or school-based initiatives, including remuneration for student staffing.

The FSI grants are provided by the Shenkman Career Services Fund, which augments and advances the goal of the university’s Career Services Enhancement Initiative to strengthen the overall career culture at GW.  Through a generous donation made by Board of Trustees Emeritus Mark R. Shenkman, M.B.A. ‘67, and his wife Rosalind, these grants provide opportunities for GW undergraduate and graduate students to engage in career and professional development activities.

If you have any questions about the award or application process, please contact us at [email protected]

A GW Faculty & Staff Innovation Grant (FSIG) was recently awarded to the Department of Chemistry for their program "Preparing for Life After Graduate School" presented by the American Chemical Society Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholars Office. Listen to these GW student participants discuss what they learned from the experience.

Information & Application Requirements

About the FSI Grants

Grants will be awarded up to a maximum of $1,000, one per school/department during the 2018-2019 academic year.  Applications will be reviewed equally regardless of the amount of requested funding. If you’ve received a grant in the past, you may apply again, but priority will be given to individuals or units submitting applications for the first time.

All funds must be used by the end of the semester for which you are awarded. You must use award funding for the purposes described in your grant application and approved by the Career Services Council. Any exception to this must be brought to the attention of the Career Services Council in advance and is subject to approval.

Grants cannot fund:

  • Previous expenditures, permanent wages/salaries, and/or entertainment expenses with no educational component
  • Existing programs as currently implemented
  • Conference registrations or wages/salaries that do not have a large or long-lasting impact (e.g., grants are not intended to pay for individual faculty or staff to attend conferences)
  • Scholarships or housing expenses
  • Honorariums or payments for full-time GW faculty and staff*

*Honorariums for part-time, contractual staff and adjunct faculty may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Required Materials & Application Instructions

To apply for an award for the 2018-2019, submit an application.  Applications are accepted on a first-come, first serve basis.  Applicants will receive a response within 14 business days of submission.

All application submissions require:

  • The primary contacts or project leaders must be a faculty or staff member along with a career services professional. Career services professional(s) support projects, but their department cannot be direct recipients of the grant. If you do not know your college's career services professional, contact [email protected] to assist you in connecting with a professional.   
  • A timeline for the project
  • A clear description of the purpose of the project and how it will enhance the professional and career development of GW students
  • A summary of expected outcomes and the expected number of students the project will impact
  • An explanation of how the information will be shared with students who are not able to attend the events/activities (e.g., video recordings, summary notes, list of additional resources, “How to…” guides for other staff or faculty to replicate a similar project, etc.)
  • A description of how the project will be continued or sustained in the future after the initial Shenkman funds have been used (projects will be funded one time only).
  • An itemized budget using the required spreadsheet template (Excel). If funds will be used for an off-campus event or travel, all GW policies and university travel guidelines must be followed.  Please review items that are ineligible for funding listed in About the FSI Grants.  General budget guidelines include:
    • Per diem rate: $500.00 maximum for guest lecturer/teacher; $250.00 maximum for guest panelists
    • Breakfast/coffee/snacks/refreshments: $10.00 per person maximum
    • Lunch/pizza/light dinner: $20.00 per person maximum
    • Formal seated dinner: $36.00 per person maximum
    • Room rentals:  Applicants are strongly encouraged to use room space that is free (e.g., many academic rooms), however, if there are rental costs associated (e.g., technology, set up, clean up, etc.,) the maximum would be $300.00 per event

Project applications that exhibit one or more of the following will be given the highest consideration:

  • Connect or build upon other strategic priorities of the university
  • Involve collaboration, whether it is interdisciplinary by field or by the makeup of faculty, students, and staff, particularly with career services.
  • Available to all students with the potential for a significant impact (e.g., sustainable and/or far-reaching, broad or deep)
  • Identify a model or strategy that can be successfully replicated
  • Include results and/or outcomes that are clearly measurable

Applications are reviewed and allocated by the Development and Philanthropy Project Team of the Career Services Council.

Application Timeline

Awards for 2018-2019

August 27, 2018: Fall 2018 Application opens
November 1, 2018: Fall 2018 Application closes

January 7, 2019: Spring 2019 opens
April 1, 2019:  Spring 2019 Application closes


Communications & Reporting Requirements

  • To officially accept a grant, recipients must complete, sign and submit the Shenkman Career Services Fund Agreement of Terms (PDF).
  • Recipients are expected to assist in sharing your experience with the GW community, as requested.  This may include written summaries for newsletters, annual reports, or attending events.
  • Upon conclusion of a project or event, recipients are also required to submit a financial record to include all expenditures, income, and receipts.
  • If you reference funding sources through websites, annual reports, literature, newsletters or news releases, etc., please include the Shenkman Career Services Fund, Faculty and Staff Innovation Grants and the Career Services Council.
  • When submitting documentation/receipt for student support, please have your department timekeeper note the students pay rate and provide a copy of the students Kronos timesheet to show the total number of hours worked.  If the student was paid via a stipend, please submit a copy of the payment request that was submitted to Accounts Payable.
  • When purchasing supplies, paying fees, etc., please show George Washington University's tax exempt certificate. You will not be reimbursed the tax portion of your purchase, if the item(s) are considered tax exempt.
  • You must use the award for the activities outlined in your application, and if you do not end up using the entire amount awarded, you will be reimbursed for the amount included in submitted receipts.

Past Funded Proposals


If you have questions or would like more information about grants for faculty and staff, contact us at [email protected]