Development Grant Application


The Faculty Development Grant, a new initiative of the UNCF/Mellon Faculty Career Enhancement Programs, provides a limited number of course release and faculty support grants to faculty teaching at UNCF and Mellon affiliated institutions. This grant is to be used to support a faculty member receiving release time from one course per semester or to support activities related to the furtherance of the faculty member’s research agenda. Preference is given to MMUF or UNCF newly minted Ph.D.s who have chosen to teach within the UNCF consortium of institutions.

Please provide the below:

  • Statement indicating how you will use your release time to support the development of your scholarly portfolio
  • Curriculum Vitae

Complete the below online application or mail by January 31.

Dr. Cynthia Neal Spence, Director
UNCF/Mellon Programs
350 Spelman Lane
Box 333
Atlanta, GA 30314

For further information, please contact our programs office at 404.270.5685.



    Faculty may seek funding to support course release time or support for assistance, i.e., travel, research assistant or any other assistance related to the completion of scholarly research projects. If you are applying for support for assistance, please also include a budget. It should be noted that if you are applying for release time, the funding will be provided directly to your home institution.

    Please indicate how you will use this development grant to support the development of your scholarly portfolio (no more than two (2) typed paragraphs). Provide a budget narrative.
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