Interdisciplinary Monograph Writing Group

The Society for the Humanities announces the 2024-25 Interdisciplinary Monograph Writing Group, an initiative designed to support faculty working on monographs. You apply as an individual with your monograph project. We then form successful individual applicants into writing groups of 3-5 people that will meet regularly to discuss work-in-progress. Funds for each individual are intended to support activities related to writing and publishing the proposed monograph.

Each successful applicant will receive $1000 that can be used for the following categories: a) supporting manuscript preparation costs (e.g., proofreader, editor, indexer, etc.); b) travel for archival research or copies for the project; c) bringing a visiting scholar to Cornell to conduct a workshop for the individual or group.

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 academic year. Such sessions should offer substantive group discussion of each individual chapter or work-in-progress. Groups may schedule other, optional activities, as desired.

All Cornell faculty are eligible to apply; preference will be given to assistant and associate professors as well as those who have not previously or recently received a Monograph Working Group award.

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 (see above for categories)

Deadline March 22, 2024.

Please send all application materials in a single .pdf to Amanda Brockner at