Internal Funding Opportunities

Call for Proposals 2018-2019

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. The calls for proposals for 2019-2020 fellowship and grant proposals will be announced in October 2018.

Library Enhancement Program in the Humanities (deadline  January 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 January 2019)

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.

Tedder Family Doctoral Fellowships and Rothman Doctoral Fellowships in the Humanities (deadline January 2019)

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.

Support for Workshops and Speaker Series in the Humanities (deadline January 2019)

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.

2019 Summer Fellowship at the National Humanities Center (deadline February 2019)

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 new one-month fellowship at the National Humanities Center (NHC) in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina for the period of June 4-29, 2018. One residential fellowship 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 fellow 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 requested by May 1, 2018, digital library requests in June 2018, and IT support during residency. NHC Fellows 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 residential fellowship.

Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowships in the Humanities (deadline February 2019)

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.

Programs in the Public Humanities (deadline Statement of Intent, February 2019; Final Proposal, March 2019)

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 humanities expertise of both UF and community partners as co-applicants to this program.

Intersections Research-into-Teaching Grant (deadline extended to April 2019)

The Center for the Humanities and Public Sphere is pleased to announce a new collaborative grant opportunity  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. For more information and to submit, please visit

* Due to technical problems with the Intersections website, please submit Intersections Research-into-Teaching Grant proposals by email to Please address any questions to Humanities Center staff at 352-392-0796.

Publication Subvention in the Humanities (Rolling deadline)

The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (CHPS) offers a pilot 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 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. Co-sponsorship for such events, which take place on campus or in and around Gainesville, generally take the form of $300, 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 $ 500 is available.

The documents above describe these programs in greater detail and list application procedures. Any queries about these initiatives may be sent to the Director, Dr. Barbara Mennel, at

**External funding is also available for various projects, proposals, and papers. Explore more funding opportunities.**