December 5, 2022

Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging accepting nominations, proposals for grant and award opportunities

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (ODIB) is now accepting nominations and proposals to support Purdue University's commitment to inclusive excellence. 

Purdue defines diversity as excellence manifested through intersections of perspectives and lived experiences. In order to facilitate the development of a diverse, inclusive community that promotes and embraces equity-minded practices and inclusive scholarship across the campus community, the following grant and awards opportunities have been created:  

All submissions are due Feb. 1. Information about each award is listed below. However, detailed instructions for nominations and requests for proposals can be found by linking to each category.

Questions about the awards or submissions can be sent to Crystal O’Neal at

Seed Grant for Innovative Approaches to Enhancing Inclusive Excellence and Sense of Belonging

To promote and advance scholarship in diversity, inclusion, and belonging at Purdue, faculty, staff and faculty/staff teams are invited to submit proposals for internal seed grants focused on innovation in inclusive excellence and belonging. These seed grants are intended to facilitate the discovery, development, pilot-testing, refinement and publishing of novel research, teaching or engagement tools and approaches that promote excellence and enhance success and belonging at and/or beyond Purdue.

Proposals with elements of training/engaging young professionals in cross-disciplinary research are encouraged. The maximum award per research project is $10,000 with a duration of one year and a start date of May 15, although other dates may be considered for project initiation. 

Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Awards

As part of the Purdue Equity Task Force (ETF) mandate to develop and implement specific actions for students, faculty and staff of color, with a particular emphasis on Black Boilermaker representation, experience, and success, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging is offering a new award for substantive work that has led to results in the priority areas identified by the ETF.

The Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) awards seek to recognize individuals (faculty and staff) and college teams (any combination of faculty, staff and students) whose work has intentionally prioritized innovative scholarship and/or practices leading to a more inclusive, just and welcoming community that cultivates a greater sense of belonging at Purdue University.

Up to five awards of $7,500 will be given to recognize individuals, teams and colleges that demonstrate inclusive excellence in some or all of the missions of discovery, learning and engagement.

Troutner Fellow Awards

As part of Purdue's commitment to recruiting, selecting and promoting faculty and staff who are members of racial and ethnic minorities, women, persons with disabilities, veterans and others, the Office of Diversity Inclusion and Belonging requests Purdue faculty proposals for Troutner Fellow awards. The Troutner Fellows Program Fund supports faculty work that aims to eradicate bias in interactions with students, faculty and staff and advance equity-minded practices at Purdue.

Projects must include scholarly work on equity-mindedness that is focused on higher education. Projects typically begin on May 15, though other dates may be considered for project initiation. The maximum award for each research, teaching and outreach/engagement project is $10,000 for one year.

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