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Nyenhuis Grants

Summer 2021 Application Deadline: January 11, 2021

The Jacob E. Nyenhuis faculty development grant program provides funding for summer research. 

It is funded through the generosity of many donors who have established a collection of endowed funds to support faculty and, in some cases, their student collaborators in their development as scholars.

The program is named for Provost Emeritus Jacob E. Nyenhuis, whose diligent efforts to promote faculty scholarship have resulted in a climate of scholarly excellence notable for a liberal arts college that prioritizes teaching as its highest purpose.

Research Interests Supported by Nyenhuis Grant Donors

Below is a sample of research priorities supported by a portion of our Nyenhuis donors. This is not an exhaustive list.

  • Arts and Humanities collaboration
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Health-related fields
  • Humanities
  • Music
  • Natural & Applied Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Relating sciences to Christian faith
  • Relation between church and society, focus on national and global issues
  • Relation between church and society, focus on state and regional issues
  • Religion
  • Research in contemporary religious thought
  • Scholarship and teaching

Faculty who will receive summer funding per their contract or other written agreement, do not need to apply for a Nyenhuis grant. The Office of the Provost will contact those faculty in the spring.

  • Submission Deadline: Monday, January 11, 2021
  • Final report deadline: September 15, 2o21

Proposal Guidelines

Individual/Collaborative Faculty

$4,000 maximum/person for up to eight summer weeks

Faculty-Student Collaborative

$7,488 maximum for up to eight summer weeks

Convergent Scholarship

One award (up to $14,976) will be made for a convergent collaboration of two faculty from two different department (ideally from two different divisions) working with two student collaborators.

The Deans' Council — acting in support of the college's 2015 strategic plan — is pleased to offer one grant from the Nyenhuis summer program to support a team of two professors from two departments (and ideally from two divisions) working with two students on a project that involves transdisciplinary methods and understanding of a significant scholarly problem or issue.

Convergence is a new paradigm that can yield critical advances in a broad array of sectors, from healthcare to energy, food, climate and water. It involves the bringing together of different fields of study through collaboration among research groups and the integration of approaches that were previously viewed as distinct and potentially contradictory (MIT, 2011).

Teams wishing to submit a proposal for the Convergent Scholarship grant should follow the Faculty-Student Collaborative guidelines and application instructions. On the form, select "Convergent Grant" as the grant type. Then simply double the standard (single team) budget request. The same eligibility requirements/restrictions apply to Convergent Scholarship grants.


Eligible Participants

  • Full-time faculty except those described as ineligible below
  • Faculty with internal and/or external summer support less than $4,000 may apply for a Nyenhuis to make up the difference.
  • For Faculty-Student Collaborative Grants: Current Hope students who will continue into the following academic year (as they will be required to present their research findings after the summer research is complete)

Ineligible Participants

  • Endowed professors
  • Faculty with internal and/or external summer support of $4,000 or more
    • Note: For Faculty-Student Collaborative grants, ineligible faculty may still apply for student funding using student budget guidelines
  • Faculty who have not submitted a final report from previous Nyenhuis awards
  • Tenured faculty who have received Nyenhuis grants in each of the past two years
  • Faculty who will not have a contract for the following academic year
  • For Faculty-Student Collaborative Grants: Graduating senior students

Faculty Stipend

  • Maximum $3,600/person ($450/week for up to eight summer weeks)
  • Faculty may elect to reassign their stipend toward direct expenses as long as the total award doesn't exceed the maximum grant. Budget revisions must be submitted to the Provost's Office (provost@hope.edu) by June 1.

STUDENT STIPEND (for faculty-student collaborative grants)

  • Approximately $3,088 ($386 per week for up to eight summer weeks).
  • Students are expected to work a 40-hour week. Due to overtime restrictions, no other campus employment is allowed during the grant period.

Direct Expenses

  • Travel and/or supplies
  • For Faculty-Student Collaborative Grants: Travel and/or supplies for students include a requirement of $400 designated for student dissemination travel
Prepare and submit your proposal


  • Complete the application in Google Forms
  • Prepare your proposal narrative in advance. You will be asked to attach your proposal narrative as a .pdf document as the final step in the Google Form
    • Name the proposal file LastName.FirstName.GrantYear.pdf (for example: Doe.John.2020.pdf)
  • An automated email will confirm your submission. 

Proposal Narrative

Provide a brief but comprehensive description of the proposed work without jargon. The proposal (not including the cover sheet) should not exceed four pages (five pages for Faculty-Student Collaborative grants) with a minimum font size of 11 points and must include these sections:

  • Summary of the project (250 word maximum)
  • Goals and objectives of the project (350 word maximum)
  • Significance of the project: (1100 word maximum)
    • Relation to other scholars' work
    • Importance to your professional development
    • Benefit to the college, including (if faculty-student collaborative project) the impact on students
  • For Faculty-Student Collaborative Grants -- Student Essay: A one-page (minimum) essay from the student on how she or he would participate in and benefit from the project
  • Assessment & Dissemination: (300 word maximum)

All submissions are due by the end of the day Monday, January 11, 2021


Completion of the Google Form application will automatically submit your proposal and coversheet to the Office of the Provost (provost@hope.edu). Receipt of your proposal will be acknowledged via automated email. If you do not receive an acknowledgment within two days of your submission please contact the Provost's Office (x7970 or provost@hope.edu).

Review and selection


  • Intellectual significance
  • Quality of the conception, definition, organization and description of the project and the applicant's clarity of expression
  • Feasibility: Applicant(s) ability to successfully complete the proposed work
  • Impact on:
    • Applicant's long-term development
    • The field of study
    • The college community and broader society
  • Preference will be given to pre-tenure faculty

Adapted from NSF, NIH AND NEH guidelines

Review Committee

The review committee consists of the members of the Status Committee and the Deans' Council.


Award notifications will be sent in late February.

Final Report Deadline

 September 15

The report must provide evidence that the stated objectives were met. Submit electronic copies to the Office of the Provost (provost@hope.edu), your dean and department chair. A final report from any previous Nyenhuis award must be on file in the Provost's office prior to reapplying.