Call for Proposals 2020-2021
The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere is pleased to announce its call for proposals for 2020-2021. These programs will be supported by the Robert and Margaret Rothman Endowment for the Humanities and the Tedder Family Endowed Research Award in the Humanities, with additional support provided by the UF Honors Program, the UF Provost’s Office, the UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the UF College of the Arts. The Humanities Center encourages proposal submissions from faculty (and, in relevant instances, graduate students, staff, and community partners) from disciplines across the humanities at the University of Florida.
Library Enhancement Program in the Humanities (deadline Monday, November 11, 2019)
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.
Interdisciplinary Team-Teaching in the Humanities (deadline Monday, November 11, 2019)
The Center sponsors this program in conjunction with the University of Florida Honors Program and the UF Provost’s Office 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 2020-2021. Grants include course development funds of $1,500 to each faculty instructor and $5,000 to represented departments.
Instructors interested in applying to teach in the UF Quest program should contact Prof. Barbara Mennel (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Interdisciplinary Team-Teaching In The Humanities Grant Guidelines (2020-21)
- Interdisciplinary Team-Teaching Proposal Course Information Sheet (2020-21)
- Quest Interdisciplinary Team-Teaching In The Humanities Grant Guidelines (Spring 2021)
- Quest Interdisciplinary Team-Teaching Proposal Course Information Sheet (Spring 2021)
Tedder Family Doctoral Fellowships and Rothman Doctoral Fellowships in the Humanities (deadline Friday, January 17, 2020)
The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, with the support of the Tedder Family Endowed Research Award in the Humanities and the Robert and Margaret Rothman Endowment in the Humanities, offers a funding competition for UF doctoral candidates working on humanities dissertations. This $2,000 fellowship may be used to cover research expenses, including but not exclusively travel expenses, related to the dissertation project between summer 2020 and spring 2021. Work on projects with interdisciplinary appeal is particularly encouraged. The Center expects to fund two Tedder Family Doctoral Fellows and four Rothman Doctoral Fellows.
- Tedder Family & Rothman Doctoral Fellowships in the Humanities Guidelines (2020-21)
- Tedder Family & Rothman Doctoral Fellowships in the Humanities Budget Template (2020-21)
Support for Workshops and Speaker Series in the Humanities (deadline Friday, January 17, 2020)
The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere solicits proposals from faculty, curators, and graduate students who wish to organize one-day events or longer-running programs, especially ones that require collaboration between groups of faculty or students. The goals of the events are to present scholarship, foster the exchange of interpretations and ideas, and make these accessible to an audience coming from a variety of disciplines as well as the wider public. We envision that organizers will investigate their subjects from more than one disciplinary perspective in or related to the humanities (as defined on the Humanities Center’s website). The Center expects to be able to fund up to four awards of up to $5,000 each.
2020 Summer Residency for Faculty at the National Humanities Center (deadline Friday, February 14, 2020)
The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, with the support of the Robert and Margaret Rothman Endowment for the Humanities, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and the College of the Arts (COTA), is pleased to announce a one-month faculty residency at the National Humanities Center (NHC) in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina for the period of June 1-26, 2020. One residency will be awarded from UF. Faculty from CLAS and COTA are eligible to apply. The NHC will make available its unique facilities to assist the summer resident in making substantial progress on a humanities-research project. This includes the use of an individual office in the NHC’s quiet, light-filled glass building, suitable housing within driving distance, breakfast and lunch from the in-house chef and baker Monday-Friday, books and digital library materials requested prior and during the stay, and IT support during residency. NHC summer residents are responsible for their own transportation to North Carolina and while at the NHC, as well as evening and weekend meals. There is no honorarium or stipend attached to the residency, but applicants may apply for the Humanities Center’s Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship or other sources of funding as needed to support miscellaneous living expenses during the NHC summer residency.
Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowships in the Humanities (deadline Friday, February 14, 2020)
With the objective of supporting faculty to advance their careers, the Center offers fellowships to UF faculty in the humanities in summer 2020. These grants 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. The Center expects to be able to fund four or five awards of $1,500-$3,000 in 2020.
Programs in the Public Humanities (Statement of Intent deadline, Friday, February 14, 2020; Final Proposal deadline, Friday, March 13, 2020)
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 $3,500 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, 2020 and May 1, 2021. These programs will draw on the humanities expertise of both UF and community partners as co-applicants to this program.
- Programs in the Public Humanities Grant Guidelines (2020-21)
- Programs in the Public Humanities – Statement of Intent (Web form)
2020 Summer Residency for Ph.D. Students at the National Humanities Center (deadline Friday, March 13, 2020)
The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere — with the support of the Director Barbara Mennel’s Waldo W. Neikirk Professorship — invites applications by Ph.D. students in UF’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for a residency at the National Humanities Center (NHC) for the period of July 6-17, 2020. One Ph.D. student will be selected. The residency is titled: Passionate Teaching in the Research Environment: Creating Narratives in the Accessible Classroom. In sessions that address issues of equity, gender and race, and accessibility in the curriculum, students will work with a diverse team to model and share strong inquiry-based teaching strategies and the use of technology; identify a compelling topic from research and scholarship to develop instructional materials; develop classroom-ready materials for the university classroom; write, revise, and publish classroom-ready lessons in the Center’s digital repository; and develop skills that are marketable and valuable in the job search.
2020 Summer Regional Institute for PhD Students in the Humanities at the Digital Scholarship Lab, San Diego State University (deadline Friday, March 13, 2020)
The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere invites applications by Ph.D. students in the humanities at UF for a National Humanities Center (NHC) Internship West at San Diego State University Library Digital Humanities Center for the period of June 15-19, 2020 (arrival June 14). This will be an immersive week-long workshop to train humanities graduate students to develop collaborative, public-facing, research-based humanities content using digital media. UF’s Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere’s advisory board will select one Ph.D. student. Scholars, university professionals, and public digital humanists work closely with the student cohort to produce a public-facing project. The 2020 institute, Podcasting the Humanities: Creating Digital Stories for the Public, will teach graduate students collectively how to create meaningful public scholarship in the format of the podcast. Workshops focus on storytelling and narrative aspects, as well as technical training. Interested Ph.D. students will apply directly to the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (CHPS). After the selection by UF’s CHPS’s advisory board, there is no additional competition or selection by the NHC. The CHPS award covers the cost of tuition and lodging. There is a modest stipend attached to the institute. The institute offers meals, equipment and housing. In addition, the CHPS award covers the roundtrip flight and transportation from the airport (up to $1,000).
Reading Groups in the Humanities (deadline Friday, March 13, 2020)
The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, with the support of the Robert and Margaret Rothman Endowment for the Humanities, offers a second year of funding for reading groups. Groups may use this opportunity for scholarly exchange on a shared topic of interest related to the humanities. Their long-term goals may be to explore the possibilities of a shared research agenda, to deepen interdisciplinary knowledge, to learn from each other, to organize a symposium, and to develop future grant proposals. This program allows participants from across the campus and beyond to explore complex issues at a moment when cross-disciplinary collaboration is crucial to address shifting domains of knowledge and a rapidly changing world. The Center expects to be able to fund four reading group awards of $500.
Publication Subvention in the Humanities (Rolling deadline)
The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere offers a program of a publication subventions for UF faculty who have or are negotiating a contract with an appropriate press to publish a book manuscript in the humanities. The publication subvention is supported by the Robert and Margaret Rothman Endowment, CLAS, and COTA. To be eligible for the publication subvention, applicants must be faculty in the humanities or related fields; their book must be humanistic in focus; and they must follow the application procedure. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere Advisory Board and grants are awarded throughout the year. Only faculty authors with a signed book contract from an appropriate press for a scholarly book that will undergo or has undergone an academic peer-review process are eligible to apply. The level of subvention funds range from $1,000 to $1,500.00 for first-time applicants and $500.00-$750.00 for second-time applicants within a two-year period.
Co-Sponsorship for Humanities Events (Rolling deadline)
The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere co-sponsors events, such as conferences, speakers, and workshops, organized by faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students that engage the humanities. In the academic year 2019-20, co-sponsorship for such events, which take place on campus or in and around Gainesville, generally takes the form of $200, depending on justification of need, significance for the humanities, and availability of funds. In exceptional cases, for example for a significant conference in the humanities, up to $300 is available.
The PDF guidelines above describe these programs in greater detail and list application procedures. Any queries about these initiatives may be sent to the Center Director, Dr. Barbara Mennel, at email@example.com.
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