Loyola University Chicago

Department of English

Gravett-Tuma Research Awards

The Amber Gravett–David Tuma Research Awards are funded by generous grants from these two alumni of Loyola University Chicago. Amber Gravett received her degree from the English Department.

The purpose of these competitive awards is to support o-going research at the doctoral level. Eligible requests would include but are not limited to: 1) money to support necessary research at special sites away from Chicago (e.g. Folger Library, Huntington Library); 2) money to support attendance at relevant institutes (e.g. Dartmouth Seminar); 3) money to support the acquisition of necessary research materials. Conference travel requests are not eligible.

All Ph.D. students are eligible to apply, but preference will be given to students who have passed their qualifying examinations and secured approval of a dissertation topic. Applications will be invited once each semester, and it is anticipated that from one to three awards will be made during each application round. Applicants should submit, by the published deadline, three copies of an application that includes:

  • A brief (one-page maximum) description of the proposed undertaking
  • A brief (two-page maximum) statement about the relevance of this undertaking for the applicant's research agenda and progress toward the doctorate
  • The applicant's C.V.
  • A one-page proposed budget, or receipts for expenses already incurred
  • A letter of support from the faculty member best qualified to evaluate the applicant's request (e.g. dissertation director)
  • Any relevant supporting material (e.g. invitation letter to an institute, description of research materials at a library, cost estimates for research-related acquisitions).

Decisions about research awards in any given semester will be made by a special committee, as is currently the case with the Gravett-Tuma Book Awards.