The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Provost are pleased to invite applications for grants to fund research and other academic endeavors for College of Arts and Sciences faculty in the Fine Arts, Humanities, and (lettered) Social Sciences (FAHSS). These grants are funded by the Provost’s Office and the CAS Dean’s Office.


Types of Awards

Two types of research grants are awarded through this competition:

  1. Individual Research Projects — for faculty in the relevant FAHSS departments or programs. Maximum Award: $3,000.
  2. Interdisciplinary Research Projects for three or more faculty in the relevant FAHSS departments or in conjunction with faculty from other CAS departments or other colleges. Maximum Award: $10,000.



Grants for Individual Research:

Full-time faculty from the Fine Arts, Humanities, and lettered Social Sciences may apply for up to $3000 for funds to provide seed money for research projects and creative activities, matching funds for grants, publication subsidies for newly published work, research personnel, travel grants for research, research materials (e.g., special equipment), and other such research-related activities or creative projects. We do not provide funds to travel to conferences or other such professional meetings, and the Research funds cannot be used for summer salary. A preference will be given to applications from junior faculty and to faculty who have not received an award in the last three years.

Grants for Interdisciplinary Projects:

A group of faculty from two or more FAHSS departments may apply for grants of up to $10,000 to encourage new research partnerships or new curricular initiatives. Faculty from non-FAHSS departments and from other colleges may also be included. The grants can be used for special events such as colloquia, conferences, performances, and exhibitions. Projects should contribute to the development of interdisciplinary contacts across CAS departments, help build partnerships with other areas across the campus, and engage with national and international discussions about the future of our disciplines. Projects pertinently involving non-CAS departments, especially those not likely to be funded by science agencies, are also welcome.

The proposal should be submitted by a lead author and the other participating faculty should write letters of endorsement. Additionally, if a department, institute, or center is providing funds to the project, the head of that area should submit a letter confirming that support.

General Notes:

  • Special attention for both the Individual and Interdisciplinary awards will be given to projects that are intended to lead to the development of proposals and applications for external grants and fellowships.
  • Grant recipients who submit a grant proposal to an external agency or foundation within one year of the grant period will receive an additional support allocation of $500.
  • PLEASE NOTE: The Spring 2015 deadline for receipt of applications is: Friday, February 20th, 2015 (11:59pm)

Successful candidates will be required to submit a report on research outcomes after the grant period.

The Research Initiatives Grants for FAHSS are evaluated by the following committee:

Harsh Bhasin, Asian and Asian American Studies
David Mather, Art
Christina Bethin, Linguistics
Peter Carravetta, European Languages and Literature
Mary Jo Bona, Cultural Analysis and Theory (Interim Chair, FAHSS)
Paul Firbas, Hispanic Languages and Literature
Ben Robinson, English
David Hicks, Anthropology
John Lutterbie, Theater
Daria Semegen, Music
Kathleen Wilson, History
John Shandra, Sociology
Lorenzo Simpson, Philosophy
Tracey Walters, Africana Studies

Please direct inquiries about guidelines or proposal preparation to Mary Jo Bona  

Please click below to initiate the FAHSS application and for instructions on how to submit proposals:


Then, view and follow the application instructions here:

Application Instructions

For assistance with the application and instructions link please click here

Past FAHSS Award Proposal (Example 1)   (Example 2)   (Example 3)

Login to Edit