Internal Funding Opportunities for CGU Faculty

CGU faculty may apply during open seasons for two types of awards that are managed by the Faculty Research Committee and ORSPG and funded by restricted donations: the Fletcher Jones Foundation (FJF) Awards to support faculty research projects and the Blais Challenge Awards for Claremont intercollegiate collaborations.

Note re student researchers: For information on external fellowships and related grants for students, the Office of Advancement offers a personal fellowships search service — please contact the advisor at You may also consult the Financial Aid site, portals for individual schools, and the All-CGU Dissertation Awards and Transdisciplinary Studies Dissertation Awards pages. There are also useful online search engines for graduate student funding sources on the UCLA and Cornell websites.



In 1987 the Fletcher Jones Foundation (FJF) endowed CGU with a fund that has been dedicated to providing small grants to faculty members to help support promising research projects. The FJF Faculty Research Grants of $2,000 to $8,000 are issued through an annual competitive call for proposals, which is posted on this page, emailed to all CGU faculty, and has a deadline during spring semester. This year’s deadline is March 20, 2020; for further information about these grants, the 2020 call for proposals may be downloaded here.  A list of recent FJF awards is appended below.


The BLAIS Foundation is a CGU endowment devoted to the promotion of intercollegiate service, academic program development, and research. Applications for BLAIS Challenge awards must be submitted by teams of two or more faculty members, including at least one CGU core faculty member and one professor from an undergraduate Claremont College. The awards are generally in the range of $10,000-$25,000. The deadline for proposals is generally in late spring, and there is sometimes an additional round during the summer or fall. The current BLAIS Challenge RFP may be downloaded here.  The next deadline for BLAIS Challenge applications is August 1, 2020, and funds will become available September 1, 2020.  A list of recent recipients may be found below.


Research Initiative Funding (RIF) is available to assist faculty in preparing for and writing proposals for external competitive research grants. RIF support is available at the level of $250-$5,000 for one or more of following: graduate students, consultants, or research staff to assist in preparing an external grant proposal; expenses to conduct preliminary studies for a proposal; travel to meet with funding agencies or potential collaborators; and honoraria for independent presubmission review. Applications for RIF support should be emailed to the Associate Provost for Research (Eusebio Alvaro), preferably after a preliminary discussion and well before the deadline for submitting the planned grant proposal. For further information, please consult the 2018 RIF RFP and associated guidelines for presubmission reviews.



Andrew Conway, Psychology; Lise Abrams, Pomona: An Investigation of Rationality in Older Adults
Saida Heshmati, Psychology; Marcus A. Rodriguez, Pitzer: Optimizing Daily Mindfulness Interventions Using Peer Support to Increase Well-Being in First-Year Students
Eve Oishi & Nadine Chan, Cultural Studies; Ruti Talmor, Pitzer; Gina Lamb, Pitzer; Stephanie Hutin, Pitzer: Developing Hybrid Graduate/Undergraduate Media Production Summer Intensive Courses with CGU Cultural Studies and Intercollegiate Media Studies


Leslie Fierro: Evaluation; Tricia Morgan, Pitzer; Kathleen S. Yep, Pitzer: CGU-Pitzer Educating Socially Responsive Evaluators Project 
Brian Hilton, Information Systems & Technology; Elizabeth (Lily) Rowen, Political Science; Guillermo Douglass-Jaimes, Pomona: The Legacy of Housing Segregation: Redlining in Eight California Communities and the Intersection of History, Geography, Inequality, and the Environment
Rebecca Reichard & Sarah Shults, Psychology; David V. Day, CMC: Leader Development Facilitated by Formal Training & Volunteering


Ellis Cumberbatch & Marina Chugunova, Mathematics; Adolfo J. Rumbos, Pomona; Asuman G. Aksoy, CMC; Jemma Lorenat, Pitzer; Michael E. Orrison, HMC: Gateways to Exploring Mathematical Sciences
William D. Crano & Jason T. Siegel, Psychology; Adam Pierson, Pomona: Unplugging E-cigarettes, Big Tobacco’s Latest Threat to the Health of American Youth


C. Monica Capra, Economics; Samir Chatterjee & Galib Rustamov, Information Systems and Technology; Tahir Andrabi, Pomona: How the Timing and Source of Medical Feedback Information Affects Health Outcomes Among the Poor: A Behavioral Economics Approach
Andrew Marx, Information Systems and Technology; Donald McFarlane, Keck Science: Connecting Imagery-Based Data Science with Environmental Analysis: Collaborative Fieldwork in Costa Rica and Analysis in Claremont
Rebecca Reichard, Psychology; Ronald Riggio, Claremont McKenna: Early to Mid-Life Predictors of Leader Development


Jorge Barraza, Economics. Feeling and Thinking in Charitable Giving

Tamir Bechor, Information Systems & Technology. Navigating Risks in the Era of Driverless Cars

Eric Bulson, English. Ulysses by Numbers

Monica Capra and Joshua Tasoff, Economics. Dread of Future Pains and the Consumption Utility of the Present

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Jeanne Nakamura, Psychology.  Attention and the Quality of Human Life

Joshua Goode, History and Cultural Studies. Spain’s Neutral Holocaust: Memories of the Axis Alliance in Postwar Spain

Eunyoung Ha, Politics & Policy. Distributive Politics in the Era of Globalization

Brian Hilton and Gondy Leroy, Information Systems & Technology. Using Geographical Information Systems to Combine Structured Data and Unstructured Data from Text for Crime Analysis

Ruqayya Khan, Religion. Hafsa’s Codex: An Alternative Introduction to the Qur’an

Yan Li, Information Systems & Technology. Continuing Medical Education Capacity Building for Nepal

David Luis-Brown, Cultural Studies and English. Blazing at Midnight: Slave Rebellion and Social Identity in Cuban and U.S. Culture

Wendy Martin, English. Archival research for a book, Understanding Sylvia Plath

Andrew Marx, Information Systems & Technology, and Melissa Rogers, Politics & Policy. The Changing Role of Place in Rural Economic Mobility: Economic Opportunity and Barriers to Opportunity in the Southwest over the last 25 Years

Patrick Mason, Religion. Apostle of Conservatism: Ezra Taft Benson and the Postwar American Right

Jennifer Merolla, Politics & Policy. Descriptive Representation and Its Effects on Political Engagement and Evaluations of Government

Hal Nelson & Heather Campbell, Politics & Policy. Disseminating Power Struggles Research and Improving Energy Infrastructure Project Siting Outcomes

Eve Oishi, Cultural Studies. To Identity and Beyond: Framing Asian American Studies through Contemporary Art and Theory

William Perez, Education. Socioeconomic and Civic Integration of Undocumented Young Adults: Examining the Impact of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Linda Perkins, Applied Women’s Studies, Education Studies, Cultural Studies, and History. The Black Female “Talented Tenth”: A History of Black Women and Higher Education, 1850-1965

Kathy Pezdek, Psychology. Is Memory for One’s Original Perception of an Event Biased by Viewing a Video of the Event?

Kathy Pezdek, Psychology, with Alan Stacy and Paula Palmer, Community & Global Health and Psychology. Activating Autobiographical Memories to Reduce Smoking Relapse

Melissa Rogers, Politics & Policy. Regional Incidence of Redistributive Politics and Party Behavior, and Regional Disparity in the Developing World—Data Collection Project

Maritza Salazar, Psychology. Facilitating Creativity: The role of an integrating vision in temporally diverse multicultural teams

Lucrecia Santaibanez, Education. Development and Testing of a Pilot Induction Program for New Teachers of English Language Learners

Jean Schroedel, Politics & Policy. Evaluating the Voting Rights Act’s Impact in Indian Country

Jason Siegel, Psychology. Honey vs. Vinegar: Are Negative or Positive Emotions Better Motivators of Organ Donor Registration Behavior?

Joshua Tasoff, Economics. A Little Learning is a Dangerous Thing: Overconfidence and Capital Investments

Hovig Tchalian, Drucker. Movers and Shapers: Placement, Mediation and Influence in the Electric Vehicle Industry

Hovig Tchalian, Drucker. The (Staying) Power of Words: The Persistence of Social Cues in Institutional Vocabularies, 1975-2004