Interdisciplinary Monograph Writing Group

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The Society for the Humanities announces the 2020-21 Interdisciplinary Monograph Writing Group, an experimental initiative designed for faculty writing monographs. One applies as an individual. Successful individual applicants will then form one writing group of 3-5 people that will meet regularly to discuss work-in-progress. Funds for the Interdisciplinary Monograph Writing Group are intended to support activities related to writing and publishing the proposed monograph.

Grants of up to $1000 per participant will be awarded to the group. Depending on demand, the Society may fund a second Monograph Writing Group. All Cornell faculty are eligible to apply; preference will be given to assistant and associate professors.

The Interdisciplinary Monograph Writing Group will be expected to schedule meetings occurring regularly enough that each member can present work-in-progress twice during the course of the year. Such sessions should offer substantive group discussion of each individual chapter or work-in-progress. Groups may schedule other, optional activities, as desired.

Applications should present an outline of the book project; a list of what has been achieved so far; a schedule of the chapters one plans to write as part of the Monograph Writing Group; a short budget. Funds are to provide research support for each member (books, archival work, etc.). 

The competition will be adjudicated by the Humanities Council.

Application Guidelines

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

  1. A book description of no more than 5 pages (1,500 words), including how much of the project has already been accomplished and in what form (drafts, conference papers, published articles, etc.)
  2. A plan of work (including a timeline) detailing what one proposes to accomplish with the monograph writing group
  3. A brief CV (5 pages maximum)
  4. A brief budget. Funds may be used for the following categories: a.) up to $1,500 in research funds per member of the group; b.) bringing a visiting scholar to Cornell to conduct a workshop for the individual or group (with the possibility of applying for additional funding); c) supporting manuscript preparation costs (e.g. proofreader, editor, etc.).

Please send all application materials in a single .pdf to Kina Viola at kv89@cornell.edu.

Deadline: Thursday, March 25, 2021
Please send all application materials in a single .pdf to Kina Viola at kv89@cornell.edu.