The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere is pleased to announce its call for proposals for 2013-2014. These programs will be supported by the Robert and Margaret Rothman Endowment for the Humanities and the Humanities Fund. The Center encourages proposal submissions from faculty (and, in relevant instances, graduate students) from disciplines across the humanities at the University of Florida.
This grant program allows faculty to expand the existing University of Florida library collections in areas in and related to the humanities that are currently underserved. Resources may include print, digital, or audio-visual media that enhance scholarly research and teaching in the humanities as well as related disciplines. Requests that address the needs of broader constituencies of the University beyond the immediate applicants are judged especially favorably. This year, the Center expects to be able to award several grants of $1500-5000.
The Center has sponsored this program in conjunction with the University of Florida Honors Program to encourage faculty members in different departments and colleges to collaborate in the classroom. Faculty members will thereby have the opportunity to create innovative undergraduate interdisciplinary courses in the humanities, many of which would be difficult or impossible for a single faculty member to teach independently. The inspiration for this project is the belief that establishing relationships between faculty in separate disciplines is a long-term undertaking. However, the intensive experience of co-teaching a course from different disciplinary perspectives will create new synergies in the classroom and encourage faculty members from across the university to find new possibilities for connectivity and potential collaborative research or creative projects in and related to the humanities. The Center plans to create two team-taught courses in 2013-2014.
The Center for the Humanities & the Public Sphere, with the support of the Tedder Family Endowed Research Award in the Humanities, is continuing for a second year its competition for UF doctoral candidates working on humanities topics who have passed their qualifying exams by the application deadline. This fellowship may be used to cover research expenses, including travel, related to their dissertation project. (Travel exclusively for conferences is not included.) Work on projects with interdisciplinary appeal is particularly encouraged. The Center expects to be able to fund two to three awards of $2,000 each this year.
In order to support some of the best and most exciting work taking place within the humanities and to build bridges between the humanities and related fields, the Center sponsors collaborative exchanges between faculty and students by supporting workshops and speaker series that promote interdisciplinary themes and highlight faculty and graduate student achievements. Organizers will use funds to invite innovative faculty from outside the University to participate in these collaborations with resident faculty, students, and members of the wider community. These events will be held during the 2013-2014 academic year.
With the objective of supporting ranked faculty advance their careers, the Center will once again offer fellowships to UF faculty in the humanities in summer 2013. These grants will allow recipients to make significant progress on existing creative/research projects. Although the competition for Summer Fellowships in the Humanities will be open to faculty of all ranks, special consideration will be given to those whose projects will directly support their bids for promotion. The Center expects to be able to fund four or five awards of $2000-$3000 in 2013.
The Center is currently expanding programs that enhance existing collaboration between the University of Florida and communities on and off campus and encourages anyone with projects related to the humanities to contact us. Given the University’s enormous resources in human expertise, the Center intends to foster, support, and publicize humanities initiatives that engage the public in humanities scholarship and activities. Current resources available to support public humanities work are listed on the Center's Public Humanities Grants & Resources webpage.
The documents above describe these programs in greater detail and list application procedures. Any queries about these initiatives may be sent to the Center Director, Bonnie Effros, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed proposals should be sent by electronic attachment to email@example.com.
Center for the Humanities
and the Public Sphere
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
200 Walker Hall
P.O. Box 118030
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611