Grants for Doctoral Research in Sustainability & the Humanities

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The Society for the Humanities funds two to four grants of up to $1000 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. But any Cornell graduate student doing humanistic or artistic work is welcome to apply. Preference will be given to post-A-exam doctoral students.

Application Guidelines

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

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

  1. A one-page proposal explaining the project
  2. A one-page CV
  3. A brief budget

Sent under separate cover:
Applicants should request that their Committee Chair send a brief letter of recommendation to Paul Fleming, Taylor Family Director, c/o Emily Parsons (

We are not currently accepting applications. Please check back in Spring 2020.