1-Year Proposal

Guidelines for the 1-Year Proposal

Please review the Richter Guidelines for complete information prior to preparing your proposal. As a reminder, Richter grants are available to full-time graduate (8 hrs per semester) or undergraduate (12 hrs per semester) students at George Fox who are actively pursuing their degree and are in good academic standing. The applicant’s cumulative GPA at George Fox must be at least 3.0. Undergraduate students must have at least sophomore standing to be eligible for a Richter grant. Transfer students are eligible to apply so long as they meet all eligibility criteria. Proposals are submitted by individual students, and separate proposals must not request funding for the same research. Individual students may submit separate proposals to work on separate components of the same larger project, but each student’s submission must describe a full research investigation.

A proposed project must be completed before an applicant’s graduation date. Funding is for research that has not yet been conducted, and funds cannot be used to reimburse students for research that has already been completed.

Contents of the Application

For the online application, be prepared to submit your Name, Student ID Number, Email Address, Campus Box Number, Phone Number, Address, Major/Degree Program, Class Standing (Year), GPA, Title of Project, Requested Amounts for Stipend, Supplies and Travel, Project Beginning and Ending Dates, and your Faculty Sponsor.

Lay Summary (New Component, separate from Proposal)

The lay summary, is a concise, clear, and brief (no more than 300 words) description of your project. It should outline the problem, the objectives, expected outcomes, including significance of the project to the field being studied. The abstract/lay summary should be written in less technical language than the proposal narrative so it can be easily understood by proposal evaluators from a variety of disciplines. 

Your ay summary should include (1) why the study was proposed (background) (2) the reason for conducting the study (rationale and objectives), and (3) the expected outcomes (benefits) for conducting the study. While brief mention of how data will be collected is acceptable do not include details of your methods. Do not cite literature in the abstract/lay summary.

The lay summary can play a major role in generating initial interest in your project so should be taken seriously.

Body of the Proposal to include (not to exceed four pages)

1. Project title (include your name)

2. Issue or problem to be researched

Briefly lay the context for your proposed research by orienting the reviewers to the discipline in which your research topic falls, by identifying the gap in knowledge that relates to your proposed work, and by clearly identifying the central problem that your research seeks to address.

3. Thesis statement of hypothesis

Clearly articulate a thesis statement or hypothesis that directly flows from the issue or problem already identified, and that frames the remainder of your proposal.

4. Review of background literature

Provide an organized and linear overview of existing knowledge on your research topic, and include proper citations. The literature review should be used to develop a conceptual framework and to expand the justification for your proposed research.

5. Research methods

Provide a clear plan for how you intend to conduct the research that considers materials, equipment, participants (if relevant), sample sizes, data collection techniques, data analysis methods, and inferential approaches. Methods and protocols that are standard for your discipline should be cited appropriately to provide evidence of credibility. Include, in table format, a timeline for all proposed project activities that are described in the research methods. All supplies, equipment, and/or travel that is requested in the budget should be clearly named and justified in the research methods. As you construct this section, bear in mind that reviewers will evaluate the research methods to determine whether your proposed research is capable of accurately addressing the hypothesis or thesis identified in the proposal.

6. Benefits of the research

Describe specific personal and disciplinary benefits that are likely to result from the proposed research.

7. Outcomes of the project

Provide a detailed and realistic plan for research dissemination including presentations and/or publications.

8. List of cited references (separate page attached to the proposal)

Please use whatever citation format is standard for your discipline, and be consistent in your formatting throughout your reference list. Include a full citation for each reference that is cited in the main text. Do not include citations for resources that are not cited in the main text. 

Students, use this link to electronically submit your application, proposal, budget and transcripts (PDF files):

 Supporting Documents

1. Budget

  • For allowed funding amounts, please read Funding on the Richter Guidelines page.
  • Detailed budget and budget justification will be submitted using this Richter Scholars Budget TemplateYou will need to download or copy this form and add your own budget details prior to uploading using the application link. (Upload as a PDF)Clear justification for all budget items must be provided above in research methods.

  • Be prepared to provide an itemized list of required supplies along with the corresponding cost for each item. Supplies can include such things as equipment, consumable, software, analytical tools (e.g. testing vehicles), subscriptions, and travel required for data collection. For travel costs, include a cost breakdown for items such as mileage, multiple night stays, etc.

  • Any requested stipend and/or costs associated with travel for data collection should be listed, and realistic costs should be appraised. If the proposal requests funds for international travel, this should be included based on the most current rate for Travel Guard Insurance*.

  • Use the Richter Scholars Budget Template whether you are requesting a stipend or supplies.

2. Faculty mentor's support letter

The faculty mentor should provide a signed letter no longer than two pages in length expressing support for the project and detailing their expected involvement and commitment to the research. The support letter should specifically address the value of the research, the strengths of the proposal, a realistic assessment of the capability of the applicant to complete the proposed research to a high standard, and the specific support that the faculty mentor will provide to the student. 

Faculty mentor’s support letter should signed and uploaded by the faculty mentor 
using the link below by the proposal deadline (PDF file):


3. Unofficial copy of transcript to be upload electronically (PDF file).

Please print an unofficial copy of your most current transcript from MyGeorgeFox.

*All students traveling abroad will be required to register with the University’s Center for Study Abroad Office (contact Lynn Scott at lscott@georgefox.edu for registration). Note that this is a supplement to regular medical insurance which all students and faculty should have. Students are expected to check with their current medical insurance carrier to make sure they are covered while traveling. If a student does incur medical expenses, they need to keep any receipts to submit to their insurance company when they return. The insurance is valid only when an insured person is outside of their home country, or country of domicile if different.