Research Assignment Stipend

SMU Libraries encourages faculty to integrate new information literacy components into undergraduate and graduate coursework in collaboration with librarians by awarding $1000 stipend to winning faculty. Faculty must participate in a faculty cohort workshop, implement information literacy in their course, and complete a report on the impact on learning in the course. Reports will be posted to this website.


All full-time and part-time faculty members are eligible. Faculty who have won the stipend previously may apply again for a different course.

Application Process

Download the Application for SMU Libraries Research Assignment Stipend. Complete the application in collaboration with your librarian.

Submit Application

Application Deadlines

  • For Fall courses: June 3
  • For Spring and Summer courses: December 17

Selection Criteria

Applications will be reviewed based on:

  • Proposes specific student learning outcomes (SLOs) for the assignment that address information literacy skills or concepts.
  • Selects an assignment that’s integral to success in the course and provides significant course time to developing substantive research skills.
  • Demonstrates a high level of collaboration with their librarian.
  • Identifies bottlenecks to learning.

View the Selection Criteria Rubric.