Brockriede Award

The purpose of Brockriede Research Grant is to support research in argumentation. The Brockriede Grant is awarded competitively and funded by the American Forensic Association upon the recommendation of the AFA Research Committee and approval of the AFA National Council.

Brockriede Grants will be awarded in amounts up to $1,000.00. Awarding of the grant is contingent upon availability of funding.


I.        Eligibility:

  1. Proposals must follow the specified format. Each criterion must be covered as listed in the Proposal Guidelines. Proposals that do not adhere to formatting requirements or other proposal guidelines will be returned without review.
  2. Proposals from multiple applicants will be accepted for consideration. Proposals from multiple applicants should designate a primary contact for accounting purposes.
  3. All members of the American Forensic Association are eligible to apply.
  4. Persons who have received a Brockriede Grant within the past four years are not eligible to apply.
  5. Only one proposal per person will be accepted for consideration in each application period.
  6. The Brockriede Grant may be used in conjunction with other research grants including other grants funded by the American Forensic Association.

II.      Deadline:

  1. The deadline for the Brockriede Research Grant proposals is October 1 (or the closest business day) of each odd numbered calendar year.
  2. If the Brockriede Grant is not awarded it will be made available the next year.
  3. Electronically sent proposals must be sent to the Chair of the AFA Research Committee by 5:00 pm on the day of the deadline.
  4. Hard copies must be postmarked by the day of the deadline.
  5. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all materials are received by the Research Committee Chair.

III.   Review Process:

  1. All Brockriede Research Grant proposals will be reviewed by the AFA Research Committee at the annual meeting of the Committee during the American Forensic Association conference. Recommendations will be forwarded to the National Council of the AFA for final approval.
  2. The Brockriede Grant specifically supports research in argumentation, however, argumentation is a broad subject and can be addressed from a number of perspectives and using a number of methods. Because all reviewers may not be familiar with the approach taken by the researcher(s), please use language and terminology that are clear and understandable to the widest possible range of persons in the discipline.

IV.    Responsible Conduct of Research:

  1. Projects based on research involving human subjects must have been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or similar body of the lead researcher\’s institution.

V.      Post Award Information:

  1. Whenever possible, publications (including programs or advertisements for creative projects) resulting from the Brockriede Grant must acknowledge support from the AFA.
  2. A final written report must be submitted to the Chair of the Research Committee of the AFA no later than September 30 following the project award. That report, including copies of conference papers, publications, etc. will be stored in the AFA Archives at the University of Utah.
  3. Copies of manuscripts and submission letters based on the project should be submitted with the final report.
  4. Whenever possible, Brockriede Grant recipients should make themselves available to present their research on a panel dedicated to grant recipients at that annual meeting of the National Communication Association

Brockriede Grant Proposal Form

Past Awardees


  • Robert S. Littlefield (North Dakota State University)
  • Michael Bartanen (Pacific Lutheran University) American Forensics in the 20th Century: An Uneasy Fusion of Democracy and Competition


  • Emma Frances Bloomfield (University of Southern California)  History of Creationism and Evolution Arguments