Presidential Scholars Program


BMCC will offer an intensive year-long training program designed to advance and support the scholarly careers and success of its faculty by strengthening the quality of grant proposals submitted to federal agencies and foundations.  Faculty who exhibit promise will be nominated to the Selection Committee by their chair.  Presidential Scholars will commit to submitting a competitive grant proposal, participate in training activities and to work closely with an assigned mentor.


Borough of Manhattan Community College’s Office of Sponsored Programs will sponsor a Presidential Scholars Program targeted for junior faculty.  The program is based on a similar model developed by University of Tennessee’s (Knoxville) Grant Writing Institute, The Council for Resource Development (CRD) Specialist Training Program and the University of New Hampshire’s Research and Engagement Academy. The purpose of the program is to:

1)  Improve the ability of BMCC faculty to write high quality grant proposals that will succeed in an increasingly competitive environment; and

2)  Engage participants in the culture of sponsored research via interactions with experienced mentors, meetings with grant program officers, and enhanced understanding of the grant review process.

3)  Obtain support for projects which advance BMCC’s Strategic Priorities

The project’s five-day “Boot Camp” provides participants with intensive training in small workshop settings, which involves experienced faculty mentors, and is intended to provide ongoing support through the entire process of proposal development, from conceiving a fundable idea to submitting a strong proposal to one or more funding agencies.

Program Summary

Eight faculty members will be accepted for the 2014-15 program. From January 12th to 16th, participants will complete five-days of intensive training with experts from various campuses.  Note: during this period participants are expected to devote their time fully to the program and may not teach or accept any work during the winter intersession.

Follow up meetings will be scheduled throughout the spring semester. In addition to working with the Proposal Development Team (PDT) from the Office of Sponsored Programs, each participant will meet regularly with a senior faculty mentor (from BMCC or other senior colleges), who has a substantial track record in sponsored research. Topics covered in the workshops include:

A special feature of the program will be a “Day in DC,” where participants will first attend a workshop led by program officers in key funding agencies, and later that day will disperse for prearranged individual meetings with selected program officers. For each faculty participant, the final product will be a well-crafted, internally reviewed proposal ready for submission to a targeted grant program.


Each faculty participant will be paired with a senior faculty mentor experienced with proposal writing and with service on review panels. Mentors, selected from other campuses, will meet periodically with faculty participants to advise on proposal development and to review early proposal drafts. Mentors are expected to a serve on the mock review panel immediately following the workshops and review no fewer than two formal proposals submitted by the participants in late spring.

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