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Grants for Doctoral Research in Sustainability & the Humanities

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The Society for the Humanities offers grants to support work within the humanities and arts that touches on “the environment” and cultures of energy — from histories of social-ecological thought to studies of the aesthetic dimensions of wind power controversies, from avant-garde landscape photography to critiques of the concept of sustainability. Grants may be used for travel, books, materials, the hiring of an assistant, or any other clearly identified purpose.

Given the mandate of the Society for the Humanities, we will give preference to applicants whose home departments fall within the humanities or arts. However, anyone doing humanistic or artistic work is welcome to apply.


Application Guidelines

Cornell graduate students working at the intersections of sustainability and the arts or humanities are welcome to apply. 

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

1. A one-page proposal, explaining the project and how you intend to use the grant
2. A one-page CV

Sent under separate cover: Applicants should request that their Committee Chair send a brief letter of recommendation to Emily Parsons, Society for the Humanities Program Administrator (

All application materials should be submitted electronically as one .pdf file to Emily Parsons ( at the Society for the Humanities.

DEADLINE: The next competition will be run in Spring 2018. Please check back for updates.