Faculty Funding Opportunities

How to Apply. Questions? Contact the Center for Families at cff@purdue.edu.

CFF Faculty Fellowship ($10,000)

The Center for Families awards one faculty fellowship, up to $10,000, in support of a research project or proposal. Each year, CFF will determine a research theme which will be of timely, strategic significance to families. When applying, faculty must determine an area of focus (Burkhart, Hancook, or Kontos). Preference will be given to those applications submitted under the determined theme; CFF Faculty Partners; faculty who have not previously received CFF funding; or proposals that will lead to external funding affiliated with CFF.

Burkhart Fellowship

The Burkhart Fellow will focus their work primarily on emerging family issues. Topics of particular interest include healthy family functioning; evolving family forms; and family disparities in educational, employment, or community settings.

Lorene Burkhart, the founding donor of the Center for Families, is passionately committed to family well-being.

Hancook Fellowship

The Hancook Fellow will focus their research on maximizing the health, well-being, and development of adults as individuals, parents, and partners. Topics of particular interest include assessing and addressing community needs and investigating, promoting, and nurturing conditions that foster successful family functioning.

Ann Hancook, former Associate Dean for Extension in the School of Consumer and Family Sciences, was a central figure in founding the Center for Families.

Kontos  Fellowship

The Kontos Fellow will focus their research on optimizing the development of children and youth. Topics of particular interest include child care and early childhood education; the health and development of children and youth in challenging contexts; and the inclusion of disadvantaged or underrepresented children and youth in educational, employment, or community settings.

Susan Kontos was the founding director of the Center for Families and an international authority in the field of early childhood education.

The CFF faculty fellowship is currently supported by the Robert O. And Zelma C. Swaim Memorial Fund.

Research Enhancement Grant for Undergraduate Research Support ($500)

This grant is given to faculty to fund student training and involvement in research. Funds can be used for student travel to research or training opportunities, or to provide stipends for undergraduate members of research teams. Faculty members apply on behalf of students. Up to two awards of $500 are given each year.