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Fall 2017 Competition: apply by October 27

On behalf of the Society for the Humanities, the Humanities Council awards modest grants for research in the humanities from a fund provided by the Vice Provost for Research. 

Normally ranging from $1,500-$3,000, these grants are intended for Cornell faculty members holding regular appointments in humanities departments. Proposals may be brief (2-4 pages); basic budgets are required.

The Council invites applications under three headings: 

I. Research Support for Faculty in the Humanities 
The Council invites applications from tenured and tenure-track faculty in the Humanities for support of travel and research projects. The full range of projects, from those in planning to those near completion, are welcome for consideration. Recently tenured faculty are particularly encouraged to submit proposals in support of second book projects. 

II. International Collaborative Research 
The Humanities Council invites applications for the support of projects involving collaborative work with one or more scholars from abroad. Preference will be given to interdisciplinary and innovative proposals that may have a methodological impact and, above all, involve interested faculty and students in such activities as seminars and round-tables. 

III. Visits to Cornell for Collaborative Research and Discussion 
The Council welcomes applications to help defray expenses for visits of a week or longer by outside scholars who would work collaboratively with groups of faculty and students at Cornell. Visiting scholars might conduct informal seminars, meet with graduate students, and engage in collaborative research projects with scholars and graduate students on campus. The funding in this category might conceivably be applied to organizing a small conference that brings several scholars to campus to collaborate on a joint venture with research benefits for the community.

The competition will be adjudicated by the Humanities Council.

Application Guidelines

Applicants should submit the following materials as one .pdf file:

1. Proposal title
2. CV
3. Brief budget proposal
4. Brief account of the project, sufficiently detailed to enable informed judgments
5. Those applying under (II) should provide a description of the accomplishments as well as the relevance to the project of their collaborator
6. Those applying under (III) should provide a vita of the proposed visitor and an indication of the specific group of people at Cornell who would be involved in meetings and activities 

Applications under any of the above rubric should be submitted electronically to Emily Parsons ( at the Society for the Humanities by October 27, 2017.