Human Interaction Research Institute

HIRI Nonprofit Research Fellowships

Next Deadline:

October 15, 2020

About the Fellowship:

The HIRI Nonprofit Research Fellowships provide support for faculty research studies on a wide range of topics about nonprofits and philanthropy. Since 2014, 27 Fellowships have been awarded. Each Fellow gives a public lecture to share the results of their project and submits a report which is placed on this webpage when the project is completed (go to Study Results link at end of each Winners listing). Information on future public lectures is available on the CSUN Valley Nonprofit Resources webpage. Also, click on previous Winners on the left for more information about the grants made to date.

Established through an endowment to honor the nonprofit Human Interaction Research Institute (HIRI), which conducted research on the nonprofit sector from 1961-2014, the Fellowships are administered through the Center for Southern California Studies, CSUN College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.


To be eligible to receive a HIRI Nonprofit Research Fellowship, an applicant must be a regular member of the faculty of CSUN's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Applicants may not apply if he/she currently holds a HIRI Fellowship that has not completed all requirements of the award.  Preference is given to applicants who have not previously received an award.

Application Process:

See Call for Proposals (.pdf)

Review Process:

Applications will be reviewed by the Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Dr. Thomas Backer, President Emeritus of Human Interaction Research Institute and Senior Research Fellow at the College. Outside reviewers are invited as needed to evaluate specific proposals.

Award Process and Agreement:

Applicants whose research studies are selected for funding will be known as HIRI Fellows. Each HIRI Fellow will receive an email notice of award, which will serve as an agreement between the awardee and the University, and the winner must accept this agreement by return email.

Award Amount:

Up to $5,000 to cover the costs of the proposed research project, such as student assistants, materials, supplies, or additional pay. (As of Fall 2020, release time will not be considered an allowable item).

Project Completion:

November 1, 2021

Send questions via email to Dr. Thomas Backer,