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Faculty Research Fellowships


The Center K-12’s mission is community outreach and engagement. Center K-12 Faculty Research Fellowships are designed to recognize efforts by faculty who have, through outreach, extended the center’s mission and made a significant contribution to the advancement of research related to children and youth particularly in art, design, and related fields.

The Center K-12’s research interests are:

  • Understanding the forces that create and perpetuate educational inequity in art and design K-12
  • Advocating to close the post-secondary guidance gap faced by high school students in the college seeking process (particularly in art and design)
  • Contributing to a theoretical understanding of education at the intersections of STEM and design
  • Supporting youth organizing and urban planning
  • Designing for (and with) children
  • Contributing to research on the impacts of social and/or environmental (broadly defined) change on young people’s development
  • Supporting the development of curriculum for K-12 schools in the areas of art, design, and related fields.

Faculty Research Fellows receive a stipend as a part of the award, as well as a paid Undergraduate or Graduate research assistant funded by the Center K-12 for up to 10 hours a week for 30 weeks.

Projects must be completed, and a report submitted to the Center K-12 office, by the beginning of the fall semester following the academic year the award is given, unless a written request for an extension has been approved. A mid-year progress report is also required.

Through a special partnership between the Center K-12 and the Office of the Provost, seed grants will be awarded to propose research related to children and youth, particularly in art, design, and related fields.


Applicants must be active members of the Pratt full-time, adjunct, or visiting faculty, or Pratt Institute chairpersons/assistant chairpersons, during the awards period.

To be eligible, faculty must have completed at least two full semesters of service (the two semesters need not be consecutive). Eligible individuals on sabbatical may apply.

Recipients of an award must wait for a period of one year from award year before applying again.


Applications are peer-reviewed by a committee formed by the Center K-12 staff. The committee is reflective of the Center’s mission to promote collaborative approaches to art, design, and K-12 across disciplines.


Please note that faculty must acknowledge the award on all related output i.e. “Supported by a Faculty Research Fellowship from the Center for Art, Design, and Community Engagement K-12, Pratt Institute.”

2020-2021 application form coming soon.