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Ecampus Research Fellows Program

Through the Ecampus Research Fellows (ECRF) Program, funding is available to support the research, development and scholarship efforts of faculty and/or departments in the area of distance/online education, including hybrid delivery (combination of online and face-to-face instruction). The expectation is that the funded proposals will further the strategic and programmatic objectives articulated in OSU’s Strategic Plan, in particular as it relates to access and instructional excellence, and will contribute to the outreach mission of distance, online and extended education at Oregon State.

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Program goals

  • To fund research that is actionable and that impacts students’ learning online;
  • To provide the resources and support to “seed” pilot research leading to external grant applications;
  • To promote effective assessment of online learning at the course and program-levels at OSU;
  • To encourage the development of a robust research pipeline on online teaching and learning at OSU.

Program description

Ecampus Research Fellows will be funded for one year to complete an independent research project on a topic related to online teaching and learning in the following categories:

  • Student-centered studies (i.e. student perceptions of online learning; student readiness for online learning; plagiarism, cheating, and ethics in online education, etc.)
  • Faculty-focused studies (i.e. faculty readiness to teach online; academic freedom and online teaching; models and philosophies of online course design, etc.)
  • Studies on tools, techniques and platforms for online teaching and learning (i.e. creating effective online discussion; giving effective feedback in the online environment; team-based learning online, open educational resources, etc.)
  • Studies on institutional and administrative issues and concerns related to online learning (i.e. assessment of online programs; faculty load models for online programs; online learning in professional schools, etc.)

Research in assessment of online learning at the course or program level at Oregon State or pilot research leading to an externally funded grant applications is of particular interest.

During their fellowship, ECRFs will be funded to complete the following:

  • An IRB-approved independent research project
  • A white paper on the subject of their independent research project to be published through the Ecampus Research Unit
  • Attending regular meetings with the Extended Campus Research Director and other ECRF Fellows
  • A presentation at spring Ecampus Faculty Forum
  • Attendance at an online teaching and learning conference
  • A summary report of their Ecampus Research Fellow experience

Fellows will be funded up to $20,000 for the year, with an additional $4,000 available to support the fellow in presenting the results of their research at one conference.

Program timeline

The 2021-22 Fellows Program runs from March 2021 to March 2022, with preliminary activities in winter term 2021:

Call for applications Sept. 15
Applications due Nov. 1
Notification of awards Dec. 1
Window for IRB approval Jan. 4 – March 19, 2021 (winter term)
Research start date March 29, 2021 (first day of spring term)

Apply now

Are you interested in conducting research on online teaching and learning? We hope you will consider applying to be an Ecampus Research Fellow.


Full-time faculty and instructors are eligible to apply. Graduate students are not eligible. Graduate students can be included on a project team lead by a faculty Principal Investigator.

Application materials

To apply for an Ecampus Research Fellowship, complete the application cover page and include it with your submission. Applications can be submitted through the ECRF Program Application. The application includes space to describe:

  • Information about the principal investigator (name, department, college, contact information, department chair name and contact information)
  • Information about your proposal (project title, sponsoring department, sponsoring college)
  • A statement of the problem or question your research project plans to address (contextualizing your problem or question within already-existing literature is highly recommended)
  • The planned intervention to address the problem or question
  • Intended project outcomes
  • A plan for evaluation and measurement of outcomes
  • A plan for sharing the outcomes of the research with the OSU community and external audiences (i.e. intended journal or conference outlets)
  • A project timeline
  • A project budget
  • A letter of support from your department head or equivalent
  • Any collaborators who will be integral to the project’s success

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Projects submitted will need to be IRB-approved by March 29, 2021. Learn more about the IRB application and approval process at Oregon State University.

Demain Hommel, instructor in the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, is exploring experiential education in distance learning as an OSU Ecampus Research Fellow. Read more »


Please direct your questions about the ECRF Program to Mary Ellen Dello Stritto (, the director of research for OSU Ecampus.