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On behalf of the Society for the Humanities, the Humanities Council awards modest grants for research in the humanities from a fund provided by the Vice Provost for Research.

Applicants may wish to bear in mind that the total amount of money to be awarded is $35,000. Normally ranging from $1,500-$3,000, these grants are intended for faculty members holding regular appointments in humanities departments. Proposals may be brief (2-4 pages); basic budgets are required. The Council invites applications under three headings:

I. Research Support for Faculty in the Humanities
The Council invites applications from tenured and tenure-track faculty in the Humanities for support of travel and research projects. The full range of projects, from those in planning to those near completion, are welcome for consideration. Recently tenured faculty are particularly encouraged to submit proposals in support of second book projects.

II. International Collaborative Research
The Humanities Council invites applications for the support of projects involving collaborative work with one or more scholars from abroad. Preference will be given to interdisciplinary and innovative proposals that may have a methodological impact and, above all, involve interested faculty and students in such activities as seminars and round-tables.

III. Visits to Cornell for Collaborative Research and Discussion
The Council welcomes applications to help defray expenses for visits of a week or longer by outside scholars who would work collaboratively with groups of faculty and students at Cornell. Visiting scholars might conduct informal seminars, meet with graduate students, and engage in collaborative research projects with scholars and graduate students on campus. The funding in this category might conceivably be applied to organizing a small conference that brings several scholars to campus to collaborate on a joint venture with research benefits for the community. (Those organizing larger conference events should apply to the Central New York Humanities Corridor supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For more information on CNY Humanities Corridor support, please contact Paula Epps-Cepero,

We would welcome (but do not require) proposals that might dialogue with the Society's focal theme for 2017-18, "Corruption.

The competition will be adjudicated by the Humanities Council.

Grants for Research in the Humanities Application Guidelines

Applications under any of the above rubric should be submitted electronically to Emily Parsons ( at the Society for the Humanities by April 17, 2017.

Applicants should submit the following materials as one .pdf file:
1. 1. Proposal title
2. CV
3. Brief budget proposal
4. Brief account of the project, sufficiently detailed to enable informed judgments
5. Those applying under (II) should provide a description of the accomplishments as well as the relevance to the project of their collaborator
6. Those applying under (III) should provide a vita of the proposed visitor and an indication of the specific group of people at Cornell who would be involved in meetings and activities

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

All application materials should be submitted electronically to Emily Parsons ( at the Society for the Humanities.

DEADLINE: April 17, 2017