The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere is pleased to announce its call for proposals for 2018-2019. These programs will be supported by the Robert and Margaret Rothman Endowment for the Humanities, the Humanities Fund, the Tedder Endowed Research Award in the Humanities, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Center encourages proposal submissions from faculty (and, in relevant instances, graduate students and staff) from disciplines across the humanities at the University of Florida.
This grant program allows faculty and graduate students 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 up to $5,000.
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 and graduate seminars 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 fund two team-taught courses in 2018-2019, including course development funds of $1,500 to each faculty instructor.
The Center for the Humanities & the Public Sphere, with the support of the Tedder Family Endowed Research Award in the Humanities, is continuing 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 four 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 of Florida to participate in these collaborations with resident faculty, staff, students, and members of the wider community. Most of these events will be held during the 2018-2019 academic year.
With the objective of supporting faculty to advance their careers, the Center will once again offer fellowships to UF faculty in the humanities in summer 2018. These grants will allow recipients to make significant progress on existing creative/research projects, as well as engage in significant professional development or develop a new collaborative project (including writing a collaborative grant proposal). Grant funds may also be used to support the use of UF's HiPerGator supercomputing facilities or other campus resources, but not for curriculum development. The competition for Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowships in the Humanities will be open to faculty of all ranks, including visiting faculty. The Center expects to be able to fund four or five awards of $1,500-$3,000 in 2018.
In order to encourage and enhance collaborations between the University of Florida and off-campus individuals, groups, and institutions, the Center will offer grants up to $3,000 to support public programs rooted in one or more of the humanities disciplines. The Center intends to foster, support, and publicize humanities initiatives that engage the public in thoughtful and informed dialogues outside of the UF campus between May 1, 2018 and May 1, 2019. These programs will draw on the human expertise of both UF and community partners as co-applicants to this program.
In recognition of the growing need for humanities publication support, in fall 2015 the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (CHPS) embarked on a pilot program supported by the Robert and Margaret Rothman Endowment for UF faculty publishing research in the humanities. In the case of subvention requests from CLAS faculty, it will do so with support from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (which will match up to $5,000 in funding per annum). Faculty in the College of the Arts will be directed to apply for a $1000 College of the Arts Research Funding award, available three times yearly, overseen by the COTA Research Committee, after which their applications will be forwarded to CHPS for supplementary funding. Faculty in the College of Design, Construction and Planning will be able to apply for half of the amounts listed.
The Center for the Humanities and Public Sphere is pleased to announce a new collaborative grant opportunity for 2018-19 as part of Intersections: Animating Conversations with the Humanities, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This funding opportunity will award $30,000 to each of four interdisciplinary faculty working groups to support collaborative inquiry and teaching on a grant-challenge question rooted in the humanities. The Humanities Center will be offering a series of Collaborating with Strangers Workshops and companion Idea Table Cafés to assist in identifying potential collaborators. More information about these opportunities is forthcoming.
The documents above describe these programs in greater detail and list application procedures. Any queries about these initiatives may be sent to the Interim Director, Dr. Barbara Mennel, at mennel (at) ufl.edu. Completed proposals should be submitted through online submission.
Center for the Humanities
and the Public Sphere
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
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University of Florida
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