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Provost’s Award for Research Excellence (P.A.R.E.)

The Provost’s Award for Research Excellence (P.A.R.E.) encourages gifted Liberty University students to prepare for advanced research and scholarship in all fields of study. The P.A.R.E. funds domestic and international research programs and is available to qualified residential and online undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral-level students.

Types of Awards

  • Academic: a research study using a qualitative, quantitative, mixed-method, historical, analytical, comparative, or interpretive research design
  • Creative and Performing Arts: a strong, feasible, and compelling creative project
  • Foreign language study at a domestic or foreign institute

The P.A.R.E. will be awarded to a maximum of five recipients per year (three undergraduate and two graduate students). Undergraduate students must be sophomores or juniors. Graduate and doctoral students must demonstrate completion of one research course or related course in their degree program.

Awards will be granted for projects completed domestically or internationally. Projects in the continental United States will be awarded up to $2,000. Projects outside the continental United States will be awarded up to $3,500.

Application Timeline

  • Nov. 29, 2019 – Application opens
  • Feb. 7, 2020 – Applications due
  • Feb. 28, 2020 – Award recipients notified
  • March 31, 2020 – Application to Liberty Institutional Review Board (if research involves human subjects)
  • May 1-Aug. 15, 2020 – Disbursement of funds and execution of proposed research
  • Oct. 30, 2020 – Final report of research outcomes due

Note: Research and study awards provided to P.A.R.E. recipients who are concurrently enrolled in classes must not be designated to cover educational expenses accounted for in the recipients’ Cost of Attendance (COA). COA expenses include tuition, standard room and board, books and supplies, fees, standard travel, and standard miscellaneous expenses.

In the instance that awards through P.A.R.E. are designated to cover items in the student’s COA, Financial Aid will need to count the awards as part of the student’s financial aid package, thus reducing the student’s overall eligibility for financial aid.

In the instance that awards received through P.A.R.E. are designated for expenses outside of the student’s COA, Financial Aid will not consider the awards as part of the student’s financial aid package and financial aid eligibility will not be reduced.

Application Materials

Provost Award Application

Provost Award Application Guidelines


For more information on the Provost’s Award for Research Excellence, contact Edna Udobong at internationalexchange@liberty.edu.