Scholar's Retreat

The CCCU in partnership with the Issachar Fund is pleased to provide CCCU scholars and artists with a retreat opportunity in a cottage near Lake Michigan for the purpose of research, reflection, writing, and production of scholarship or creative work in one of the Issachar Fund's four areas of inquiry:

These subject areas may be addressed from within any academic discipline.  The retreat may be for as little as a six-week period, or as long as the full academic year.


Application deadline is March 13, 2017

The fully furnished 1,560 square-foot cottage in West Michigan offers a quiet, comfortable environment for study and writing and is large enough to accommodate a small family. It includes all linens and towels, as well as a laundry machine and dryer.  The workspace includes a desk, bookshelf, printer and paper, and a comfortable task chair.

The cottage is located just a few hundred feet from the scenic shoreline of Lake Michigan and it includes semi-private beach access.  It is just a fifteen-minute drive from downtown Holland, Michigan.  Holland’s picturesque downtown, with coffee shops, restaurants, excellent public and private schools, libraries and Hope College, provides opportunities for enjoyable leisure activities as well as opportunities to connect with the local community.  Grand Rapids, home to Calvin College and Cornerstone University, is forty-five minutes away by car.

Retreat participants will receive:

  • Since a car will be necessary there will be a mileage reimbursement to help defray the cost of getting your car to Holland, MI.
  • A per diem to help defray the costs of food and minor expenses.
  • A fully furnished cottage with full kitchen, two full bathrooms, living and dining area, two full bedrooms, and one bedroom/office with writing desk, bookshelf and printer.
  • Rent and utilities are covered by the Issachar Fund.
  • Monthly professional cleaning service as well as regular snowplow and lawn service.
  • Wi-Fi access.
  • Library card to Hope College Libraries.

    Please note that pets are not allowed.


Institution Grant

In addition, the Retreat participant's home institution will receive a grant to help defray the institutional costs associated with providing the participant with a leave from teaching and administration.

The retreat may be for as little as a six-week period, or as long as the full academic year.  For Academic Year 2017-18, applicants may select from seven options:

Block 1: September 3 through October 22, 2017

Block 2: October 29 through December 11, 2017

Blocks 1 & 2 (includes interim of October 22 through October 29)

Block 3: January 7 through March 11, 2018

Block 4: March 18 through May 26, 2018

Blocks 3 & 4 (includes interim of March 11 through March 18)

Blocks 1, 2, 3 & 4 (includes all interims between blocks)

 

• A one-block retreat comes with a mileage reimbursement of up to $500 and a per diem of $35 per day. The participant must be in residence for a minimum of six weeks.

• A two-block or four-block retreat comes with a mileage reimbursement of up to $1000 and a per diem of $35 per day. The participant must be in residence for a minimum of twelve weeks per semester.

• The grant to the Participant's employing institution is $5000 per block, up to $20,000 for a full academic year.


Expected Outcomes

Retreat Participants will be asked to submit to the Issachar Fund a copy of the conference presentations, public lectures, published writing, and/or creative works that result in whole or in part from retreat.

 

Please click here to read the application eligibility requirements.