The Humanities Project

Application Procedures and Eligibility

Proposals for any of the three kinds of funding must be authored by full-time faculty members in a humanities or humanistic social sciences department in the School of Arts and Sciences (although projects, working groups, or research workshops may include faculty in other units). Proposals should clearly state the aims of the project, the means of achieving those aims, and why the proposed format is best suited to achieve them. As they develop their proposals, applicants to the Humanities Project are strongly encouraged to consider these aims before they settle on the format the project might take. It is understood that successful humanities projects will enrich the intellectual life of the community, and they will ideally provide lasting benefits. Proposals that are not centrally focused on the humanities cannot be considered.

Application Criteria

The Humanities Project Committee will ask the following questions, among others, when deciding whether or not to fund a particular project:

  1. Does the proposed subject matter, approach, and methodology belong properly to the humanities?
  2. Has the PI made an effort to integrate his or her proposal into campus life (e.g., securing collaboration and/or co-sponsorship from faculty in other departments or linking the project to existing courses)?
  3. Will the proposed project help raise the profile of the humanities on campus?
  4. Has the PI already received Humanities Project funding in recent years? (We encourage repeat customers—indeed, some of the best Humanities Projects in recent years have come from people who had already received prior funding—but the committee may decide in favor of new PIs if there isn’t enough money available to fund multiple projects).
  5. Does the PI have a record of publicly supporting the humanities on campus (e.g., participating in Humanities Center events, serving on committees, etc.)?

Application Procedures

Humanities Project applications should include the following information:

  1. Title of the project.
  2. Name(s) and email(s) of participating faculty, with lead faculty member’s name listed first.
  3. Brief overview or abstract of the project (suitable for web page or other publicity).
  4. Detailed academic rationale, including potential connections with other projects or research endeavors within or external to the School of Arts and Sciences.
  5. An explanation of the project’s structure and goals, including names, affiliations, and brief biographies of potential invited guests.
  6. A detailed budget. Click here for a budget template.
  7. Potential outside sources of funding.

Please email your application to Joan Rubin.

We welcome draft applications and budgets on which the committee will provide feedback and advice, but the committee makes no guarantee that such advice indicates eventual approval. We invite colleagues to alert us to upcoming proposals for future years, especially if these are large projects that might require significant funds, and/or provide significant opportunities for collaboration, and/or are multi-year in concept.

Within two weeks of completion of the project, it is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator to furnish the Humanities Project Administrative Committee with a final report. The report should include a description of the project, an assessment of its success and what, in hindsight, you may have done differently (this will be useful for future PIs), and, most important, thoughts on the contributions the project has made to the University and to the College.