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2019-2020 Excellence in Counseling Research Grants

Grant Submission Deadline: November 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM EST

The mission of Chi Sigma Iota is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership, and excellence in counseling; to encourage the pursuit of personal excellence by members; and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling. To fulfill that mission, the first two fundamental goals of the CSI Strategic Plan are (1) Promoting and recognizing academic and professional excellence in counseling scholarship, leadership, advocacy, and practice, and (2) Supporting and enhancing a strong counseling profession that fosters wellness and human dignity in an increasingly global society. These purposes are the foundation for the CSI Excellence in Counseling Research Grant program. This program is intended to support and enhance the counseling profession through targeted support of research by CSI members.

Funding Priorities

Professional Advocacy Research

Funding priority established by CSI Executive Council. Chi Sigma Iota is committed to advocacy for counselors, the counseling profession, and the clients we serve. In particular, research initiatives of the Society are tied to an on-going agenda for professional advocacy. The priorities for 2018-19 funding are for research related to advocacy for the counseling profession and, in particular, research on the professional identity of counselors. Research foci should be grounded in the CSI Advocacy Themes and focused on issues such as disparities in licensure laws and the importance of program accreditation for professional identity. Additional information about promoting professional excellence through advocacy is available in Professional Counseling Excellence through Leadership and Advocacy (Chang, Barrio Minton, Dixon, Myers, & Sweeney, 2011).

Leadership Research

Funding priority established by CSI Executive Council. Chi Sigma Iota's mission includes promoting leadership in the counseling profession, especially leadership that promotes a strong professional counselor identity. The purpose of this funding priority is to support research that examines best practices of counseling leadership particularly within professional counseling associations, state counselor licensure boards, counselor education accrediting agencies (CACREP), and counseling credentialing agencies (NBCC). Research foci should be grounded in the CSI Principles and Practices of Leadership Excellence, and the related CSI Chapter Leadership Development Survey (Wahesh & Myers, 2013). Additionally Professional Counseling Excellence through Leadership and Advocacy (Chang, Barrio Minton, Dixon, Myers, & Sweeney, 2011) includes chapters about professional leadership that may be referenced when developing Leadership Research proposals.

Wellness Counseling Research

Wellness refers to the optimization of development and functioning and presupposes a focus on holism. There is a strong foundation for wellness research in the counseling literature and familiarity with wellness models based in counseling is essential for this funding priority. Wellness of counselors, counselor educators, and clients, as well as other professionals who interact with clients may be the focus of research efforts. Preference will be given to proposals with a holistic focus that incorporate multiple aspects of wellness rather than those with a narrow scope focusing on only one wellness component (e.g., exercise, spirituality). For more information about holistic wellness models and previous research on wellness, grant applicants can visit CSI's Wellness Research Groupsite.

Submission Requirements and Information

Proposals were accepted until Friday, November 15, 2019, at 5:00 PM EST.  The deadline to submit a proposal has passed.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, you may wish to review summaries of previous CSI Excellence in Counseling Research Grant Recipients and Research Grants (.xlsx). You can send any questions to Dr. Richard Joseph Behun (, Chair of the Excellence in Counseling Research Grants Committee, and Dr. Stephen Kennedy (, CSI Chief Operating Officer.

Funding Guidelines

Proposals may be funded up to $2500, and the Excellence in Counseling Research Grants Committee may choose to award partial funding. All approved grants will be awarded to the researcher(s), and the grant cannot include indirect costs allocated to a university. No more than two grants can be awarded to members of the same chapter each year.

Prior to submitting a proposal, applicants are encouraged to review the Funding Guidelines for CSI Excellence in Counseling Research Grants, which include examples of allowable and non-allowable expenses. Partial funding may be awarded if the committee decides to approve some but not all of the requested funds.

Multi-Year Funding

Two-year proposals will be considered and are encouraged. Priority will be given to experienced researchers with a proven track record of significant research and publication in professional counseling journals.

Reporting Requirements

Grant recipients will be asked to complete an Interim Report by March 1, 2020 and a Final Report by April 25, 2020 prior to receiving funding. Research projects that are not completed by April 25, 2020 (with the exception of approved multi-year grants) will forfeit funding.


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