The Center for the Humanities invites applications for the Research Scholar Award, a three-year distinction offering research funding in its first and third year.
The Award is given to an Associate or Full Professor undertaking a major research or creative project in the humanities.
Projects eligible for the award include, but are not limited to, work culminating in a book; a collection of artworks or compositions; a film, website, or other work in the new media; a novel, memoir, or full-length play; a collection of short stories, poems, or essays. Rarely will a single peer-reviewed article be considered the sole appropriate outcome of the scholarship proposed for this award.
The award confers a $3,500 research support fund, or one course reassignment, or a $3,000 summer research stipend in each of the first and third years of the project. Renewal of funding in the third year is contingent upon demonstrated progress toward completion in the first two years of the award period.
Research support refers to funds available to cover research costs, either via reimbursement or direct purchase by the Center on behalf of the recipient.
Summer stipends refer to supplemental income paid to the recipient via payroll. Please note that stipends are taxed, whereas research support funds are not. See the FAQ page for more information on how this can affect award amounts.
Course reassignments make available funding to cover the cost of replacement instruction for one to two courses. Approval for the reassignment must be granted by the recipient's dean and chair or program director.
Note, unlike most other grant categories, this award has a single (not a rolling) deadline. Applications for the 2021-2024 HRSA should be submitted by Aug. 28, 2020, ahead of the Board's Sept. 4 meeting. The 2021-2024 HRSA recipient will be formally announced at the Fall 2020 Stalnaker Lecture. *Please note this deadline has passed. The next deadline will be announced at the end of the spring 2021 semester.
Because of the wide range of potential projects upon which applications for the Research Scholar Award may be based, the following criteria are meant to guide applicants generally as they compose their applications. They do not, however, exhaust the range of considerations that the Board of Directors may take into account as it deliberates among proposals.
In addition to addressing the criteria above, proposals should also include:
Those considering applying for this award are strongly encouraged to consult with the Center's Director in advance of submitting an application. Preliminary inquiries may be sent to email@example.com.
Materials should be submitted in confidence to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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