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Call for Mellon Partners for Humanities Education Collaboration Grants

Posted by on Thursday, July 1, 2021 in News.

Call for Mellon Partners for Humanities Education Collaboration Grants

The Mellon Partners for Humanities Education program is pleased to announce the fourth and final round of collaborative grants to support the shared teaching and research goals of faculty in the humanities and humanistic social sciences from our consortium of partner institutions: Berea College, Fisk University, Tennessee State University, Tougaloo College, and Vanderbilt University. Applicants may apply for grant funds totaling between $1,000 and $20,000 for a one-year project. Three types of projects are eligible:

  1. Collaborative research projects involving faculty from two or more partner institutions;
  2. Research, demonstrations, publications, performances, or other academic activities by faculty and students from one institution that would include outreach to and participation/attendance from faculty, students, and/or staff from at least one partner school; and
  3. Sponsored visits of short duration (from one day to three weeks) of faculty or students from partner institutions to any other partner school to engage with faculty and students around research or teaching and utilize partner school resources such as archives or digital facilities. Such visits include virtual or in-person workshops and symposia, as permitted, held at any of the partner institutions, especially those involving the digital humanities.

Proposals with a digital and public humanities focus are especially welcome, as are projects which seek to further our shared humanistic understanding of the stakes surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.

Grant funds may be used for such collaborative enterprises among faculty of TWO OR MORE of the partner institutions. All tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure track faculty and staff (including postdoctoral fellows and graduate students) at the five partner institutions are eligible to apply. Funds may be used for travel expenses, research assistance, fees, space rental, honoraria, software licenses, specialized training, or other applicable expenses, provided these expenditures are permitted by the employing institution. Grants may not be used to pay salary or stipends to faculty applying for grant funds. All funds must be expended by June 30, 2022.

To apply, include:

  • A cover sheet listing the title of the project and a list of all collaborators, including their institutional affiliation, position, and contact information. One person must be designated as the corresponding project director.
  • A proposal (no more than 1,000 words) that explains the nature of the collaboration, the suitability for the collaborators to carry it out, an explanation of the planned outcomes of the collaboration, and a timeline for completion by June 30, 2022.
  • A budget that accounts for all requested expenses and division of funds among collaborators (up to $20,000).
  • A brief CV from each collaborator (no more than 5 pages).

All of the application materials must be collected into a single PDF and submitted via email to starting August 1, 2021. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling deadline until funds are exhausted. All recipients of the Mellon Collaboration Grants must provide a report upon the completion of the project.

Please direct any questions to Angela Sutton, Assistant Director, Mellon Partners for Humanities Education Program at