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Office of Research & Scholarship

New knowledge for practical application is the Fielding difference.

The Office of Research and Scholarship, under the Office of the Provost, leads research efforts at Fielding Graduate University. Faculty, students, and alumni work with this office to develop, promote, and fund their research.

The Office of Research & Scholarship encompasses the institution’s Office of Sponsored Programs, Institutional Review Board (IRB), Library, and Writing Support Services.  It works in conjunction with academic programs and administrative offices to help facilitate student research training and support the doctoral dissertation research process.

The Office of Research & Scholarship also provides opportunities for students to prepare and present their research through institutional poster sessions and funds for external research presentations.

The Office of Sponsored Programs provides technical grant writing support to faculty and students to prepare and submit proposals to governmental agencies and foundations to fund the scholarly and programmatic interests of the institution, and of its faculty, students, and alumni. It also helps faculty manage external grants, and serves as a liaison with federal agencies and associations related to Fielding’s mission, vision, and academic programs.

Through the Office of Sponsored Programs, support for faculty research includes the institution’s internal research grants program designed to provide seed funding for developing research projects that can attract external funding. Faculty who receive awards through this program receive targeted assistance to find external funding opportunities and develop their projects into grant proposals.

Community Action Research

New knowledge for practical application is the Fielding difference.

Kettering Foundation and A Race Relations Study

In partnership with the Kettering Foundation, Fielding researchers are examining race relations in the United States. The outcomes of this work will be used to create a National Issues Forum Issue Guide for use in nationwide classrooms and communities.

The James Irvine Foundation

The Jame Irvine Foundation

With a two-year grant from The James Irvine Foundation, Fielding’s Institute for Social Innovation researchers designed a curriculum for professionals in the fields of program evaluation and organizational development that would integrated their skills in support of leadership and system change.


Creative Research

Supporting Men’s Work for Healing, Development, and Social Transformation is a community practice project that focuses on building a community of men at Fielding across race and sexual orientation in order to strengthen men’s development for empowering and inclusive leadership. It also is intended to create a national and international network of others engaging in this work.


Community Research

Intergroup Dialogue: Cruzando Puentes (Crossing Bridges). One of the busiest freeway interchanges in the world crosses Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles, Calif. A densely populated, high-crime, low-income area, it’s rich in history and culture. Puentes engages communities to address the core issues of violence and its consequences by forging partnerships and increasing opportunities for employment, education, and civic engagement.

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University of the District of Columbia

Fielding’s partnership with the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) allows Fielding faculty and students to connect with a major urban university to investigate and solve issues facing cities and urban areas around the country and around the world. Students in the UDC-Fielding doctoral program in Urban Leadership and Entrepreneurship have opportunities to study and address such areas as urban sustainability, urban governance, and urban education issues

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University of the Virgin Islands

University of the Virgin Islands

Fielding has established a partnership with the University of the Virgin Islands to collaborate on a doctoral program in creative leadership for innovation and change, and in research on broadening participation in the STEM professions.

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