Kate Sapir Zirin Education Faculty Research Fellowship Award

1 Award

This award provides up to $10,000 to Steinhardt faculty in the field of secondary education to support research conducted during an approved sabbatical. The fund supporting the fellowship is in memory of Kate Sapir Zirin, who earned degrees from Washington Square College in 1927 and from the School of Education in 1937. Kate Sapir Zirin believed strongly in women's education and taught commercial and vocational skills to women in the New York City public school system. Recipients of the awards should share Kate Sapir Zirin's commitment and values, and shall be known as Kate Sapir Zirin Education Faculty Research Fellows

Criteria for Evaluation

Reviewers will evaluate the Kate Sapir Zirin Education Research Fellowship applications for:

  • The extent to which the proposed work is in the field of secondary education
  • The approved tenure package of the faculty member
  • Significance and potential for advancing the field of study
  • Well-specified research problem
  • Feasibility of the conceptual framework, plan and methodology
  • Experience and potential of the project investigator to conduct the proposed research
  • Dissemination plans for outcomes and findings
Eligibility and Restrictions
Previously Funded Kate Sapir Zirin Awards
  • Developing a Diagnostic Assessment of Academic Writing, 2012, Dr. Lorena Llosa, Teaching and Learning
  • Developing Interpretive Stance in Adolescent Readers, 2010, Dr. Sarah Beck, Teaching and Learning
  • Real-World Methods Courses for Real-World Learning: Understanding and Designing Effective Strategies for Embedding Secondary Level Social Studies Methods Courses in High School Classrooms, 2009, Dr. Diana Turk, Teaching and Learning

Kate Sapir Zirin Education Faculty Research Fellowship Award Proposal Elements

Application Face Page

Please provide a 500-word project abstract

Project Description

The Project Description should not exceed 5 pages (minimum Arial 11 pt font, 1/2" margins, single spaced) including all pictures, graphs, and tables. Please include the following four sections in the body of the proposal:

  • Background and Significance: Describe the present state of knowledge in the area of study. Provide a rationale for this study and describe the impact/significance of the proposed project on the state of knowledge in its field.
  • Program Overview, Design, and Procedures: Describe the project aims and goals and how these relate to the present state of knowledge. Describe the methodology and the procedures that will be employed, including a detailed description of study participants (if relevant), measures to be utilized, and analytic plan.   
  • Project plan.  Provide a detailed procedure for executing the work, including the roles the investigator(s) will play in undertaking this study and the roles of other individuals who will be involved in the project.  If human subjects are used provide a description of how participant rights will be protected in light of both NYU and community-based IRB procedures. Describe the role that students will play in this project.
  • Dissemination: Provide a detailed explanation of how and to whom findings will be disseminated. Provide a description of potential external funding which will be sought based on the findings of this study.

Provide a timeline for completing the study.

Curriculum Vitae

5-page limit

Other Funding

Please provide a full list of external and internal funding received in the past 3 years (include Challenge Grants, Discretionary Funds, University Grants, and external grants received).


On required form, please list necessary costs utilizing provided budget template. Costs may include such items as salary for student research assistants (which must include fringe benefits), travel necessary to the project, fieldwork expenses, computer time, consultation. Salary for the PI is limited to 10% of the total award, exclusive of fringe. Funding cannot be used for equipment. Include a one-page budget justification explaining the purpose of each line item.