University of Maryland

Dr. Frank G. Burke Endowed Graduate Research Award in Information Studies

Frank G. Burke

Portrait of Frank G. Burke Acting Archivist of the United States, 1985-1987: professor of library and information services at Maryland beginning in the 1970s, where he coordinated the History and Library & Information Science graduate program.

The Dr. Frank G. Burke Endowed Graduate Research Award in Information Studies will support graduate students in the College of Information Studies through its Research Improvement Grant (RIG) program, which promotes collaborative research by University students and faculty on critical topics. Preference will be given to graduate students conducting research in the field of Information Science (preference for candidates working with archives and/or digitization of archival materials). Funds from the Dr. Frank G. Burke Endowed Graduate Research Award in Information Studies may be used to offset expenses related to student research projects, such as but not limited to travel expenses, project supplies, and materials.

Have you applied for Doctoral Students Research Awards (DSRA) funding? The DSRA provides funding to assist current INFO PhD students who could greatly advance their doctoral research (e.g., Integrative Paper, proposal-, or dissertation-related research) employing limited financial support. If you are a PhD student seeking financial support, please apply for DSRA funding before applying for the Frank G. Burke Award. Scroll down to “Additional Aid for Graduate Students” on the Scholarships & Awards page and click “UMD Awards for Doctoral Students” for more information. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Application deadline dates are September 15thJanuary 15th, and April 15th of every year.

  • Information Studies Masters and Doctoral Students conducting research in the field of Information Science – preference for archives and/or digitization of archival materials.
  • The amount of support will depend upon the nature of the research, the project’s specific needs, and the proposed methods, which can be up to $1,000.00 per project.
  • Examples of Possible Activities
    • Research-related travel
    • Participant Incentives
    • Supplies for carrying out research activities
    • Special computing needs (e.g., cloud services, software, printing, etc.)
    • Other miscellaneous research expenses clearly tied to the project
  • Applications will be accepted on January 15thApril 15th, and September 15th of every year
  • Proposers will be notified within six weeks of proposal submission about grant winners
Application Submission Documents
  • Online Application Form
  • Documents attached:
    • 2-Page Project Description
    • Proposed Budget
    • Proposed Timeline
    • Applicant Resume/CV/Biosketch
    • Letter of Support from Advisor
Recipient Requirements
  • Recipients must spend funds and complete projects before leaving the University.
  • All funds are to be spent and work completed within 2 years of the date of notification.
  • Recipients are required to provide a Final Report at the end of their projects.
  • Final Reports will be posted on the iSchool Research Library.
Award Winners
Winner(s) Award Semester Project Title
Ia Bull $250 Spring 2024 Haunting Realities: Constructing and Embodying Imaginaries in Virtual Worlds of Settler Horror
Saransh Grover $700 Spring 2023 Using Crowdsourcing to Combat Misinformation on TikTok
Dinesh Nanduri $700 Fall 2023 Exploring the Role of Generative AI in Culturally Relevant Storytelling for Native Language Learning Among Children
Caitlin Christian-Lamb $100 Fall 2023 “It’s About Who’s Been Missing”: Investigating Gaps between Theory and Practice of Social, Reparative, and Restorative Justice Work in Academic Archives
Mason Jones $310 Fall 2023 Investigating Accessibility for Archives