The Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) values research related to the profession and the membership experience because research will assist in advancing our profession and the fraternal movement. In 2017, AFA identified key areas of focus for future research activities. We encourage scholars and graduate students to conceptualize action and empirically-based research that may significantly improve the fraternity/sorority experience through evidenced-based practice.
Background: In 2017, after the strategic work groups completed their recommendations, the AFA board of directors made the decision to designate money in the AFA budget to provide additional support to this important strategic priority of the association.
Process: AFA invites faculty, staff, and graduate students to submit grants for consideration. This is a rolling application process, but the timeline below indicates when proposals will be reviewed and awarded.
We strongly advise the research projects align with at least one of the Strategic Research Aims listed below.
Preparing fraternity/sorority members for the post-graduate world
Benefits of culturally-based fraternities and sororities, particularly at predominantly white institutions
Programming and leadership development initiatives focused on long-standing issues
Transgender membership conversations
Fraternity/sorority life as a profession
Fraternities/sororities within the larger “academy”
How membership in a fraternity or sorority influences one’s beliefs and actions
Corollaries and consequences of student engagement in fraternity/sorority life
Faculty attitudes, beliefs and dispositions
Preference will be given to projects that are innovative and closely aligned to the stated Strategic Research Aims. The Research Committee will review applications and determine which applications include sound research methodology and best meet stated research priorities.
Timeline for Review: The Research Committee meets monthly and beginning October 2020 will consider proposals on a rolling basis. For the membership year 2020-2021, the final proposals will be considered in June 2021.
Apply Now: Before you submit your research grand proposal, please view the supplemental guide. This guide will assist you in submitting the best possible proposal.