Summer Stipend for Research and Creative Activity in the Humanities

The Summer Research Stipend Award has been discontinued indefinitely, due to budgetary constraints. The Board of the Center for the Humanities periodically reviews its grant programs and priorities in light of updated budgetary information. A notice will be sent to all Humanities-Center faculty when and if this program is reinstated. In the meantime, the following information serves only as a record of past practices and is not to be taken as a current solicitation for applications.



Full-time faculty members on renewable-term appointments engaged in research or creative activity in the Humanities may apply for direct support for work to be undertaken during the summer break. In deliberating on proposals, the Board of Directors will consider the merit of the work in progress, the amount of work still to be completed, and the work's promise of publication, exhibition, or production. This program provides faculty on renewable-term appointments with The Center provides direct stipendiary support of $3,000, inclusive of all deductions, payable in June and July. A maximum of two such awards are available each summer. This program is not available to faculty who have received reassignment for research from the Center for the Humanities in the previous two years or to faculty scheduled to take such a reassignment in the following year.

Deadline: March 1


The following criteria will guide the Board in its deliberations:

• The stature of the project: single-author books, edited volumes, translations,  or editions are more likely to garner support than essays, articles, short works, or works whose public exposure will be of limited duration, such as a curated exhibit. Textbooks and reference works are not likely to qualify for support of this kind, except when such works represent a significant advance in their field. However, none of these is categorically excluded from consideration.

• The project may be in any stage of completion, however, since only two such grants are offered each summer, deliberations will favor those projects closer to completion. Proposals should clearly explain the progress that will have been made by the beginning of the term of work to be supported, the amount of work remaining to be completed, and the work the applicant expects to complete during the summer.

• The project should promise publication, either in traditional forms (essay, article, book), or in emerging or enactive forms (performance art, exhibition, website design).

•  The project should make a direct contribution to scholarship or creative activity in the Humanities, and deploy those methods characteristic of the Humanities, although it need not be limited to such methods.

• The Center’s support must be acknowledged in the published work and, when possible, in announcements, presentations, and publicity materials connected to it. Please see the acknowledgments page for examples of appropriate formulations of acknowledgment.

Additional Information

In addition to explicitly addressing the ways in which the proposed project meets the criteria above, applications must include an overview of the project itself; applicants are welcome to use proposals and reports written for other purposes—for example, to presses, editors, and agents—as the basis for this overview. All proposals must include the applicant's current curriculum vitae.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the Director of the Center well in advance of submitting a proposal. Preliminary inquiries may be emailed to

Complete applications should be emailed, as attachments in a standard document format (Rich-Text, Word, PDF), to