Research Grants

FFE believes in coordinating and sharing research to help inform data-driven decision making within the fraternal industry. We will facilitate our research agenda by providing grants for research on topics related to the broader fraternity and sorority experience and fraternal fundraising industry.


To encourage and support the study and dissemination of high-quality research on the fraternal experience, the Foundation for Fraternal Excellence makes available small grants to research fellows engaged in studies which advance FFE’s Research Agenda. FFE considers topics and proposals that advance the organization’s mission. FFE also reserves the right to decline research projects which are fundamentally adverse or in conflict with FFE’s priorities.


The fall 2023 cycle will open in September and close in November.


Individual grants typically range from $750 to $1,500. The committee awards as many or as few a year in alignment with FFE’s budget and as projects are deemed worthy.

Allowable expenses/fundable project items:

  • Consulting/evaluation services
  • Travel expenses for research site-visits or convening consultants
  • Specific equipment or supplies
  • Food or promotion for a specific event
  • Incentives for participation to increase sample size

Disallowable expenses/non-fundable project items:

  • Tuition
  • Faculty salaries or fringe benefits
  • Travel expenses for conferences or presentations
  • Skills training
  • General office supplies


  • Applicant should be an active student enrolled in an accredited graduate program, with priority given to doctoral candidates; an application may also be considered from an individual who has completed all requirements for the Ph.D. but is not yet employed in a position for which the Ph.D. is required
  • Project must be overseen by an institutional review process with the intent of publication


Selection criteria:

  • Alignment with FFE’s mission/research agenda
  • Clear/actionable objectives
  • Feasibility of the project
  • Faculty support

Committee reviews applications and awards grants twice per year

Fall cycle

  • Application opens: August
  • Application deadline: November
  • Notification of award status: December
  • Grants processed: January

Spring cycle

  • Application opens: January
  • Application deadline: April
  • Notification of award status: May
  • Grants processed: June


  • Grant funds ideally will be used within a target of six months and a maximum of up to twelve months
  • Submit a final report detailing the impact of the grant and results of the research project
  • Notify FFE of research’s publication; FFE may provide promotion of publication
  • Acknowledge receipt of FFE research grant within the final publication
  • May be invited to present to FFE Board of Directors and/or at an FFE event on the research findings