Humanities in the Community program

Graduate Student

Application deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017

The Interdisciplinary Humanities Center and the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts announce a new summer funding opportunity in public humanities open to HFA M.F.A. students and Ph.D. students who have advanced to candidacy. The grant will provide summer funding to support projects that advance civic engagement through scholarly and creative work in the humanities and arts.  Limited additional funding will be available to defray any materials costs. Projects that engage with community partners in collaborative problem-solving, or that work in community settings to stimulate public creation and discovery, are encouraged and may include: oral histories of local communities, public cultural work (including performances, installations or exhibitions), presentations of scholarship for diverse publics in community settings, development of multimedia and/or curricular materials for K-12 schools through a responsive and collaborative approach with school partners, projects that contribute to the articulation or resolution of social challenges. Funding may be used either to support projects that will be executed in summer 2017 or to support the planning of projects that will be executed in the 2017-18 academic year.

In spring and summer of 2017, participants will attend a series of workshops on best practices for community-engaged scholarship and creative work in which they will discuss the progress of their projects.

Applications should be submitted by Monday, April 3 to

A complete application should include:

  • a project description (5 pages, double spaced, see instructions below)
  • a preliminary budget for any supplies that your project requires (briefly explain any budget items that are not self-explanatory)
  • curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum)
  • a letter of support from the student’s faculty advisor.  This letter may be emailed directly to the IHC:

The project description should:

  • state the objectives, ideas, and methodology of the project, specifying how you understand this work as transforming your own humanities scholarship
  • discuss the project’s significance with reference to its shared, community-centered collaborative production of knowledge and culture
  • explain the nature of the community collaboration and how you propose to develop it. Indicate the contact that you have had with your potential community partner.
  • state the particular expertise and preparation you bring to the project
  • discuss the form(s) in which the project will be disseminated, at each of its stages, from planning to the achievement of its goal
  • include a timetable and work plan, specifying project activities

For projects involving human subjects, such as oral histories, please visit Proposals that involve human subjects must participate in human subjects review before the project commences.


For further information, contact IHC Director Susan Derwin at .


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