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Grants

The Humanities Center coordinates a variety of grants that promote and support humanities scholarship. Announcements, application guidelines, and relevant forms are linked below.


WVU Humanities Center offers grant opportunities on
‘Life in the Time of COVID-19’

DEADLINE: Monday, May 18 at 11:59 PM

The WVU Humanities Center is accepting proposals for an immediate grant competition, funded by a WVU endowment from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. The purpose of this competition is to fund humanities-centered projects that respond to the emerging COVID-19 global pandemic. Collaborative and interdisciplinary projects are especially encouraged.

Proposals must address their contribution to the humanities, a plan of work, and academic and/or public outcomes. Projects that fund student researchers will receive priority consideration.

Eligibility

This call is open to full-time faculty members and faculty equivalent academic professionals (FEAPs). Eligible faculty members include tenured or tenure-track, teaching, service, clinical, research, librarian, and continuing visiting faculty members. To receive a grant, you must be an affiliate of the Humanities Center, though your  affiliate application may be submitted concurrently to your grant proposal. Past recipients of a Humanities Center grant are eligible for funding. Questions about eligibility should be sent to  HumanitiesCenter@mail.wvu.edu.


Grants of up to $5,000 may be requested. Grants funded through this special call cannot be used for summer salary for faculty. We encourage you to include student salary in your budget. If you have questions about allowable expenses, contact Lea Herron at ECAS-Research@mail.wvu.edu.

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Covid-19 Proposals

Archiving

The Humanities Center is working with the West Virginia and Regional History Center (WVRHC) on documenting humanities research focusing on Life in the Time of COVID-19.  Grantees are strongly encouraged to bring their work to the public and to make it available for posterity by archiving it as part of our partnership with the Libraries’  WVU Community COVID-19 Stories project. 


Humanities Center Grants

Call for Proposals 2020


The WVU Humanities Center (WVUHC) announces its third annual grants competition, funded by a WVU endowment from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. The purpose of this competition is to fund humanities-related projects that speak to the Center’s commitment to interdisciplinarity and public humanities. The Center will fund four types of grants, each requiring a budget outlining the grantee’s anticipated expenses. Supplies and equipment must be specific to the project only. While individuals may apply for multiple grant categories, they may submit only one application as PI per category per year, and applicants must submit separate applications for each grant.

Eligibility

This call is open to full-time faculty members and faculty equivalent academic professionals (FEAPs). Eligible faculty members include tenured or tenure-track, teaching, service, clinical, research, librarian, and continuing visiting faculty members. To receive a grant, you must be an affiliate of the Humanities Center, though your  affiliate application may be submitted concurrently to your grant proposal. Past recipients of a Humanities Center grant are eligible for funding, but must explain how their proposed project varies from their past funded project. Past recipients of a Humanities Center grant who have not submitted a final report for that grant are not eligible. Questions about eligibility should be sent to  HumanitiesCenter@mail.wvu.edu.
If you have questions about allowable expenses, contact  Lea Herron.

Humanities Center Fellowship

The Center seeks both early-career and senior fellows from the faculty to contribute to its ongoing work. Fellows will work on a proposed humanities project, will serve as an active presence in the life of the center, and will make specific contributions to Center programming, which may include delivering a public lecture, coordinating a Center event, and/or providing service to the center as agreed upon with the WVUHC Director. Chosen faculty will be considered a Center Fellow during the full academic year. In the narrative, applicants should describe specifically how the grant will advance 1. their work (explain the overall research project), as well as 2. the Center’s work (any public components of the project). The budget may contain costs including (but not limited to) research travel, subvention costs, summer salary, and/or a course release. In the case of a course release request, a chair’s endorsement that approves the potential release and determines the replacement cost (with fringe if required) must be submitted with the application, and the narrative should specifically explain how the project and/or service to the Center supports an adjustment to the applicant’s existing workload assignment. Maximum budget: $7,500.

Components:

  1. Project Narrative: Attach a two-page narrative as a PDF (single-spaced, Times New Roman or comparable font, 11-point or larger). The narrative should explain the project, its relationship to the humanities, how it addresses interdisciplinarity (if applicable), and its planned outcomes (including public outcomes). It should also comply with the specific requirements listed for each type of grant listed above. Reviewers will assess the merit and the outcomes of the proposal.
  2. CV: Attach your two-page CV as a PDF
  3. Budget: Attach a budget for your project as a PDF.  
  4. Letter of Support from Chair/Associate Chair: If you are requesting a course release through the Humanities Center Fellowship, attach a letter of support from your department chair or associate chair as a PDF.
  5. Link to application form.

Grants for Humanities Collaboration

The Center will fund awards for either interdisciplinary teams of: 1) three or more scholars or 2) project-based partnerships between scholars and community partners (both categories may include students as scholarly investigators). Each team will work on a topic centered on humanities inquiry, with at least two disciplines represented. Collaborative Grants will support faculty members whose projects share subject matter and result in related or linked research products. While all team members need not be formally appointed in humanities disciplines, a strong humanities presence is required. That said, scholars from outside disciplines are encouraged to participate. The lead Principal Investigator must be a Humanities Center faculty  affiliate (application to be a faculty affiliate may be concurrent with the grant application) and will submit the proposal on behalf of the entire team, and all members of the team (including the community partner, if working with one) are expected to submit letters of collaboration as attachments to the proposal. Student involvement is especially encouraged. Maximum budget: $13,000. (A maximum of $15,000 may be requested if at least the additional $2,000 is allocated to a student.)

Components:

  1. Project Narrative: Attach a two-page narrative as a PDF (single-spaced, Times New Roman or comparable font, 11-point or larger). The narrative should explain the project, its relationship to the humanities, how it addresses interdisciplinarity (if applicable), and its planned outcomes (including public outcomes). It should also comply with the specific requirements listed for each type of grant listed above. Reviewers will assess the merit and the outcomes of the proposal.
  2. CV: Attach your two-page CV as a PDF
  3. Budget: Attach a budget for your project as a PDF.
  4. Letter(s) of Collaboration: For a Grant for Humanities Collaboration or co-teaching proposal, attach letter(s) of collaboration as a single PDF.
  5. Link to application form.


Pedagogy Innovation Grant

The Center will provide awards to directly support innovative teaching practices, including team-teaching an interdisciplinary course, course development, and specific pedagogy-focused professional development. Courses attached to the grant should realistically be scheduled within two years of receiving the award. On-campus courses will be given priority over online courses. A letter of support from the chair or associate chair of the applicant’s department is required. Maximum budget: $5,000.

Components:

  1. Project Narrative: Attach a two-page narrative as a PDF (single-spaced, Times New Roman or comparable font, 11-point or larger). The narrative should explain the project, its relationship to the humanities, how it addresses interdisciplinarity (if applicable), and its planned outcomes (including public outcomes). It should also comply with the specific requirements listed for each type of grant listed above. Reviewers will assess the merit and the outcomes of the proposal.
  2. CV: Attach your two-page CV as a PDF
  3. Budget: Attach a budget for your project as a PDF.
  4. Letter(s) of Collaboration: For a Grant for Humanities Collaboration or co-teaching proposal, attach letter(s) of collaboration as a single PDF.
  5. Letter of Support from Chair/Associate Chair: For a Pedagogy Innovation Grant attach a letter of support from your department chair or associate chair as a PDF.
  6. Link to application form.


Research Travel Grant

The Center will provide funds for research travel (occurring from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021). Funds must be used for travel expenses required to perform essential research activities; summer salary will not be funded. Note: faculty who receive a WVU RSA grant will be ineligible for a Research Travel Grant for the same or a directly-related project. Maximum budget: $2,500.

Components:

  1. Project Narrative: Attach a two-page narrative as a PDF (single-spaced, Times New Roman or comparable font, 11-point or larger). The narrative should explain the project, its relationship to the humanities, how it addresses interdisciplinarity (if applicable), and its planned outcomes (including public outcomes). It should also comply with the specific requirements listed for each type of grant listed above. Reviewers will assess the merit and the outcomes of the proposal.
  2. CV: Attach your two-page CV as a PDF
  3. Budget: Attach a budget for your project as a PDF.
  4. Link to application form.


Reading Group Grants

The Center is pleased to announce grants to facilitate interdisciplinary reading groups across the humanities.  If you participant in or would like to form groups of at least five scholars and/or students representing at least two formal disciplines, the Center offers grants of up to $500 per year to purchase books or other objects of study (Films, music, etc.) to support the exchange of ideas in such a format.  Our intention with these grants is to support informal connections over group reading in order to facilitate more formal connections in the form of collaborative research, teaching, and community outreach projects. For information please email  HumanitiesCenter@mail.wvu.edu .


WVU Internal research grants for Faculty 

These include grants for Faculty Travel/Development, Research and Scholarship Advancement, Community Engagement, and Academic Conferences and are run through the WVU Research Office.


External Grants for Humanities Scholars

Multiple sources collate resources for external grants for humanities scholars. Below are just a few: