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The Humanities Project

Funding for Faculty Research

The Humanities Project funds small- and large-scale faculty research projects. Grants range from $500 to $30,000, although larger projects have been funded. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. There are three kinds of funding available to faculty:

1. Humanities Projects: Full-scale funding up to $30,000 (and potentially beyond)

Proposals may be submitted by one or more full-time faculty members at any time of the year (applications are accepted and funded on a rolling basis). Humanities projects may involve (but are not limited to)

  • Conferences
  • Guest speakers
  • Film series
  • Reading groups
  • Art exhibitions
  • Symposia

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2. Working groups: $500 per semester (renewable)

The Humanities Project Executive Committee solicits proposals for working groups that may eventuate in full-scale Humanities Projects (although the latter condition is not a requirement). Working groups can be reading groups, recurring brainstorming sessions, or any other creative or critical enterprise in which faculty interact to work on a problem or project. Graduate students may be part of working groups, but there must be a minimum of three faculty involved.

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3. Research workshops: variable amounts

The Rochester Research Workshop is designed to allow UR faculty to engage in short, intense brainstorming sessions with colleagues at other institutions who are working on related problems or issues. The workshop format is simple: we bring those colleagues to Rochester. The workshops can be very brief—a day or two—or they can last the better part of a week. They can take place during the semester, during break, or in the summer. They can take whatever format best enables applicants to work with colleagues in an intensive, productive exchange of ideas that will help advance research. The Humanities Project asks that some part of Research Workshops discussion be open to potentially interested colleagues in whatever form makes most sense: a meeting in a department seminar room, a roundtable discussion in Rush Rhees, a visit to a class that is tightly connected to the research topic, etc.

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