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Collaborative Writing and/or Creative Production Workshop

The Center provides financial support for faculty to convene colleagues to come to Drake’s campus in order to engage in a writing project and/or creative activity in the humanities that will result in a collaborative publication or some other kind of public installment.
The grant is designed to support portions of the participants’ travel, housing and per diem costs
(per diems will be reimbursed only for actual costs or at a rate no greater than the university maximum allowable per diem rate, whichever is less).

The maximum grant is $5,000.


  • A strong preference is given to projects in which sending institutions also offer financial support and/or to grant projects that seek outside collaborative funding.
  • Honorarium for participants are not allowed as part of this grant.
  • Only projects in which the in-person presence of collaborators is necessary and in which the product is a collaboratively authored or creative work are eligible for funding. Applications must clearly demonstrate the need for on-site collaborative work.
  • A detailed and specific budget is required for the application to be considered, along with a list of all outside funding being sought or provided.
  • The intention of this grant is to support mid- to late-stage projects, in regard to which substantive work is already completed.
  • Clear demonstration of the published or public outcome of the project is required in the application and application must demonstrate the humanistic inquiry dimensions of this grant.

The grant proposal must include:

  • a detailed program or schedule in regard to the time spent during the workshop;
  • a process/timeline indicating plans for post-workshop publication/production;
  • a c.v. for each participant that includes a clear statement articulating the role or portion of the project for which each participant is responsible.


The Board will meet on the first Friday of each month in the Fall and Spring semesters. Please submit funding requests one week in advance of any given meeting, to ensure consideration. In general, requests for retroactive funding will not be considered, but faculty may inquire with the Director if extenuating circumstances arise.   

Managing Expeditures

The Center for the Humanities requires funding recipients and Center-supported program/event organizers to observe Drake University accounting guidelines. The University's tax-free status depends upon uniform observance of these guidelines. Expenses incurred in contravention of these guidelines will not be reimbursed. For more information, please read our grant management page.


Recipients of funding from the Center for the Humanities are asked to provide on the impact and effect of the activities funded.

Acknowledging the Center

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.


To apply, please email your application and CV as attachments to The first two items in all applications should be (1) the amount requested and (2) the budget breakdown for the amount requested. We will also eagerly read about your project's details, timeline, and its importance to the Humanities at Drake and beyond, but we can only approve requests that include a total amount requested and a budget breakdown. 

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