School of Education and Human Services

Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4482
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248 370 3050


Grant Writing Resources

Visit Grant Space for more templates.

Oakland University Internal Awards

Oakland University Research Office offers awards for professors and students.
Visit  and click on Faculty Funding Opportunities --> Internal Awards for more information . 



Applying for funding
There are resources available in the Dean's office that will increase an applicant's chances for funding. Whether applicants (SEHS faculty, staff or students) are hoping to obtain government (federal, state or local) funding or private funding from a corporation, foundation or individual, it is very important that the applicant meet with the appropriate people in the School. 

Did you know the SEHS has endowed research awards for faculty? Visit the following for details.
  • Sidney W. Graber Memorial Award for faculty members conducting research in Special Education, Early Childhood Education, and/or the Lowry Center.
  • Harry Hahn Reading Award for full or part time faculty members in the Department of Reading and Language Arts. The Harry Hahn Reading Award may be used to pursue scholarly, teaching or service activities in reading, writing and language arts.
  • Jacqueline I. Lougheed Research Award for full time tenured faculty and tenure-track faculty to support research related to Women in Education or Women in Leadership.

The SEHS Development Office can help you:
  • identify potential funders
  • provide examples and templates to use when writing proposals
  • assist in gathering university documents, such as the tax id letter, financial records, and letters of support
  • edit proposals from the grantmaker's point of view to ensure your proposal is well written and concise
Communication with the Dean's office after the applicant has talked to his/her department chair or supervisor is intended to be helpful to the applicant by providing feedback that will assist in writing successful proposals.
A quick outline of the process is provided below. Further details and resources related to private funding can be asked of the SEHS Dean's office at sehs@oakland.eduIf you are not sure if the funding organization is private or public, or if you have questions about the grant process, contact the SEHS Development Director David Tindall at x4931. 
  • Applicant has an idea, project and/or program for which the applicant is requesting funding
  • Applicant sets up a meeting with the SEHS Development Project Manager to discuss the following:
    • Private funding sources - foundations and corporations
    • Proposal writing process at OU and in the School of Education and Human Services
    • General timeline, including when the applicant hopes to begin work and time to get signatures and approvals
    • Estimated dollar amount needed (a range is okay)
The Research Office manages funding requests from government sources, including local, state and federal levels. 


The Research Support Committee is made up of representatives from each academic department within the School of Education and Human Services. 

SEHS Faculty Travel Grant
Up to $1,250 award per individual
Deadline: Wednesday January 7, 2015 by 5 pm
Description & Application

SEHS Faculty Research Grant
Up to $3,000 award per proposal
Deadline: Wednesday January 7, 2015 by 5 pm
Online Application

Jacqueline I. Lougheed Research Award
Awards range from $500 to $2,000 per proposal
Deadline: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by 5 pm
Description & Application

SEHS Research Support Committee Members

If you have questions or comments about the RSC, or its programs, please contact the representative from your department. 

Stephanie CrockettCNS2014-2016
Sue SharmaRLA2012-2015
V. Thandi Sule, ChairDOL2013-2015
Sunwoo ShinHDCS2014-2016
Research Statement

School of Education and Human Services Research Statement

Research and scholarship are vital parts of the mission of the School of Education and Human Services. Our research and scholarship advances knowledge and addresses critical issues in education, counseling, and human services. We believe that research and scholarship are essential components of providing first-class undergraduate and graduate education and integral to our collaborative work with practitioners in local school and professional communities.  Research and scholarship not only inform our program offerings but also the pedagogical approaches of our highly regarded faculty. 

Research Support Committee

Our faculty-led Research Support Committee (RSC) reflects our school’s commitment to supporting faculty research through monetary awards and dialogical forums. In addition to reviewing research grant proposals, RSC sponsors symposiums to encourage cross-disciplinary engagement.