Edward Delaney Scholarship

 The 2017 process is now closed  


The Edward Delaney Scholarship facilitates the professional growth and development of early career institutional research professionals by providing travel assistance to AIR’s annual Forum. The benefactor of the award, Edward Delaney, served as AIR President from 1992-93, Forum Chair for the 1990 AIR Forum, and as a NCES/AIR Senior Fellow. One travel grant in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to support costs associated with attending the 2017 AIR Forum, May 30 - June 2 in Washington, DC.

Application Criteria

To be considered for the award, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold 2016-2017 AIR membership;

  • Be currently employed in the IR field;

  • Have worked for less than 3 years in a campus-based IR/assessment office (full- or part-time); and

  • Have never attended the AIR Forum.

Application Process

In addition to verifying personal, demographic, and eligibility information, the following three documents are required for a complete application:

1. Essay (limit 750 words) addressing the impact this award is expected to have on your professional development. The essay should be written for a blind review, which means that the essay should not include information that would personally identify you or your institutional affiliation. The essay should be presented in three parts to answer each of the following prompts:

  • Briefly describe your current work in IR and provide a summary of your current skills.

  • What are three outcomes you hope to accomplish from your participation at the Forum?

  • What are your long-term career goals and how will your involvement with AIR and the Forum benefit you in this journey?

2. A statement (limit 200 words) indicating if you have other sources funding your participation at the 2017 AIR Forum (example: institutional travel funds or other scholarship/grant). Applicants with additional funding sources are still eligible for the Edward Delaney Scholarship. 2017-2018 AIR Membership is required to attend the 2017 Forum.

3. Letter of Support from your Supervisor. The letter should be approximately one paragraph stating that he/she acknowledges that your participation at the AIR Forum will be approved as an "on-the-clock" activity. 

All applications must be completed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on December 2, 2016. Notification emails will be sent by January 31, 2017. If you have questions, please contact the AIR Scholarship Team at 850-391-6565 or scholarships@airweb.org.  

 Previous Recipients

  • Steven Babbin,  Research Analyst,  Tufts University (2017)

  • Ross Conover, Associate Director of Institutional Research, St. Mary's College of Maryland (2016)

  • Tony Romero, Research Associate, Howard Community College (2015)

  • Jill Meyer, Director of Institutional Research, Mount Mary University (2014)

  • Natalie Walleser Solverson, Director of Institutional Research, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (2013)