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Spring 2020 CSSH Multi-generational Research Teams Pilot Program

The College of Social Sciences and Humanities is pleased to announce the CSSH Multi-generational Research Teams Pilot Program. In Spring 2020, this pilot opportunity will support CSSH-supported SGA research assistants (currently funded PhD students) to work with faculty members to develop and conduct a faculty-led research project that engages students from multiple levels including post-docs (as applicable), graduate students, and undergraduate students. Faculty may apply as individuals or as a team of faculty.

Please send any questions to Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Thomas Vicino.


The initiative’s goal is to support the development of multi-generational research teams that engage faculty, graduate and undergraduate students to advance faculty research. The development of such teams furthers our college’s mission to support faculty-initiated research as well as expand research opportunities for students at all levels. In addition, this team-based approach allows for the engagement of progressive mentoring models. Such models provide opportunities for mutual learning between faculty and students with diverse levels of research experience.

Maximum Award

The Office of the Dean will award up to 4 CSSH-supported SGAs to individual faculty or teams of faculty with academic home in CSSH who propose the creation of a multi-generational research team that conducts research and engages graduate and undergraduate students. The maximum award is one SGA per faculty-led multi-generational research team. Funding for the undergraduate student may be obtained in one of several ways including: work-study funds (if the student is eligible) and funding obtained through the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships PEAK Initiative. The college will provide limited funding to support undergraduate students who are not work-study eligible and who do not receive PEAK funding. Undergraduates may also pursue research for academic credit instead of funding. For more information on for credit and paid models, see CSSH Undergraduate Research Opportunities. Preference will be given to faculty members who do not already supervise graduate students via external grants.


All full-time T/TT faculty in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities are eligible to apply.

Application Materials

For the pilot opportunity, all materials must be submitted electronically, through the CSSH online application system, no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 11, 2019.

Applicants should prepare a brief prospectus that articulates a semester-long research project that will advance the development of a multi-generational research team. This should include a specific plan for developing a proposal for external funding including identification of specific funding mechanisms. The initial funding term will be Spring 2020. Applicants should indicate if they are interested in continuing the project into the full term of Summer 2020. In these instances, the Office of the Dean would work with the department to support a cost share of the summer SGA.

The application includes the prospectus and the curriculum vitae.


A three to four (double-spaced) page narrative that includes:

While applicants may have specific students in mind and may so indicate in the prospectus, no offers or promises should be made to students prior to review of applications.

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by the Office of the Dean.

Final Report

All awardees are expected to submit a final report at the conclusion of the project. This report should include a description of project activities and accomplishments, barriers faced and strategies to overcome them, any dissemination activities including papers or conference presentations, and finally, a description of the contributions of the members of the multi-generational team. This report should be no more than three pages long and should be sent to Associate Deans Tom Vicino and Alisa Lincoln by May 15, 2020.


Please address any questions about this initiative to Associate Dean Thomas Vicino (t.vicino@northeastern.edu).

Apply Now

Apply now through the CSSH online application system.