WhatsApp Research Awards

GrantsWhatsApp Research Awards for Social Science and Misinformation. Grant amount: $50,000. Deadline: August 12, 2018.

WhatsApp will seriously consider proposals from any social science and technological perspective that propose projects that enrich understanding of the problem of misinformation on WhatsApp. High priority areas include (but are not limited to): information processing of problematic content, election related information, network effects and virality, and detection of problematic behavior within encrypted systems. The program will make unrestricted awards of up to $50,000 per research proposal. All applications will be reviewed by WhatsApp research staff, with consultation from external experts. Payment will be made to the proposer’s host university or organization as an unrestricted gift.

Other research awards are also available from Facebook (the parent company of WhatsApp). Each program has a different award amount, application deadline, and topic.

WFI grants call 2014/15

WFI Research Grants: Call for 2014/15 Grant Applications

Villanova University’s Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society (WFI) has set the next application deadline for WFI Research Grants for 2014/15 as Monday, May 5, 2014. The WFI – endowed by Mr. Lawrence Waterhouse, Jr., and housed within Villanova University’s Department of Communication – was founded on the principle that the study and practice of communication requires attention to values, ethics and social justice. One of the ways that we enact this mission is through the annual funding of research grants. These grants support the scholarly work of Communication scholars across the world, work examining communication, its impact on the world around us and its ability to create social change and social justice.

Communication scholars across the nation, and across the world, are invited to apply for funds to support initial or ongoing phases of scholarly research aimed at presentation and publication. Although we do not limit our grants to a specific methodological orientation or subdisciplinary focus, all projects supported by the WFI have two things in common: they make communication the primary, and not secondary, focus, and they engage communication in terms of its impact on the world around us, its ability to create social change. WFI Research Grants are available to faculty at any institution of higher education, postdoctoral researchers, and other doctoral-level scholars. However, eligibility to apply for the WFI grant program is limited to those in Communication or a closely related discipline. Awards are typically in the range of $5000-10,000, and may be applied to the hiring of graduate assistants, acquisition of resources or equipment, travel, and/or any other appropriate research related expenses. However, these funds may not be used to provide or supplement faculty salaries. For more details on the WFI and this research grant process-including specific information on the grant application requirements-please visit the WFI website.

For questions concerning eligibility, or the nature of projects supported, please contact the Director of the WFI, Dr. Bryan Crable.

NOTE: the Center for Intercultural Dialogue has a memorandum of understanding with WFI.

AEJMC senior scholar grants

The AEJMC Senior Scholar Research Program will award up to two $4,000 grants to senior scholars to fund innovative and timely research projects in journalism and mass communication. This is a project of the AEJMC Strategic Plan.


Senior scholars who are AEJMC members may submit proposals for these grants in the fall of 2013, and selections will be announced by early January 2014.

The AEJMC Senior Scholar Research Program is designed to support researchers in a wide area of study. These funds may support research assistants, travel to research centers or relevant locations, or pay for supplies and services associated with the research. This program seeks to recognize senior (typically tenured) scholars who aim to engage in extended research projects. For at least one of the two awards, priority will be given to a project that requires travel. Members holding an endowed professorship or an endowed chair are not eligible to apply.

Proposals should outline the applicant’s significant research project. Proposals may also be submitted by a team of scholars who would share the award if selected.

AEJMC will showcase initial results from the projects selected for the 2014 grants at a special session at the AEJMC 2014 Conference in Montreal, Canada. In addition to the $4,000 grant, AEJMC will also provide $750 for each selected proposal to assist scholars with travel expenses to that conference.

Deadline for submitting proposals is Monday, Oct. 7, at 4:59 p.m. Eastern Time. All application materials should be emailed as attachments to Jennifer McGill at AEJMCHQ AT aol.com (attachments MUST have a document suffix, such as .doc, .docx or .pdf). All material should come in ONE file in the order outlined under the “Application Process” section of this call. Incomplete proposals will NOT be reviewed.


• The proposed topic should center on Journalism and Mass Communication and related disciplines. Topics in related disciplines should also include a central element within mass communication.
• Applicants must be current AEJMC members. Check your membership status before you submit your proposal. Proposals submitted by non-members, or members whose memberships are not current, will be eliminated from the competition.
• Only one proposal per person will be considered. (If you submit as part of a team, that is the only proposal you may submit.)
• The program is looking for proposals from senior faculty members teaching full-time (preferably tenured).
• The proposal should include a demonstration of past research success and the likelihood that this project can be completed by February 2015.
• For the proposals selected, a five-page interim report is due to AEJMC by July 15, 2014, and will be part of the 2014 Conference session. Applicants should submit proposals for projects on which they would be able to make significant progress by that time.


Applications should contain five sections and include the following materials:
I. A cover sheet that lists the following information: (a) name, address, telephone number and email address; (b) a 200-word bio of applicant(s); and (c) a 300-word abstract of the project.
II. A proposal written for a general mass communication scholarly audience, of no more than 1,500 words (excluding endnotes) describing the project, which must include the following: (a) scope and purpose of project; (b) how the project will expand knowledge; (c) detailed description of the project, including methods, survey information (if used), etc.; (d) current status and timeline for completion; (e) anticipated outcomes; (f) a list of potential publication venues for the finished project. (Proposals that exceed this word count will NOT be reviewed.)
III. A one-page, detailed budget that fully explains the expenses necessary to complete the project. Maximum grant amount is $4,000. Funds may not be used for university indirect costs or PI stipend. If project will cost more than the maximum grant amount, explain where you will get the remaining funds to complete the project.
IV. One letter of support from your immediate supervisor
V. A three-page curriculum vitae


All proposals will undergo peer review by JMC scholars. After a two-stage judging process, applicants will be notified of the status of their proposals by early January 2014. Questions about the AEJMC Senior Scholars Program should be directed to Jennifer McGill at AEJMCHQ AT aol.com or 803/798-0271.