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Call for Proposals 2019-2020

The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere is pleased to announce its call for proposals for 2019-2020. These programs will be supported by the Robert and Margaret Rothman Endowment for the Humanities, the Humanities Fund, the Tedder Family Endowed Research Award in the Humanities, and the Yulee Fund. The 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  Friday, January 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, January 14, 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 2019-2020. 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 (


Tedder Family Doctoral Fellowships and Rothman Doctoral Fellowships in the Humanities (deadline Friday, January 18, 2019)

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. Successful applicants will be called Tedder Family or Rothman Doctoral Fellows in the Humanities. Work on projects with interdisciplinary appeal is particularly encouraged. 

Support for Workshops and Speaker Series in the Humanities (deadline Friday, January 18, 2019)

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 tackle 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 five awards of up to $5,000 each.  

2019 Summer Residency at the National Humanities Center (deadline Friday, February 1, 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 one-month residency at the National Humanities Center (NHC) in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina for the period of June 3-28, 2019. 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 1, 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 2019. 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 2019.

Programs in the Public Humanities (deadline Statement of Intent, Friday, February 15, 2019; Final Proposal, Friday, March 15, 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, 2019 and May 1, 2020. These programs will draw on the humanities expertise of both UF and community partners as co-applicants to this program.

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY:  2019 Summer Residency Program for Ph.D. Students in the Humanities Pilot Program – Objects and Places in an Inquiry-Based Classroom: Teaching, Learning, and Research in the Humanities (deadline Friday, March 15, 2019)

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 15-26, 2019. One Ph.D. student will be selected. The residency will focus on a specific pedagogical theme paired with an emerging instructional technology tool. Participants are also introduced to learning science theory to better inform their instructional design and lesson writing. Students will work with a diverse team to identify and map solutions to an instructional challenge; identify a compelling topic from research and scholarship to develop instructional materials; develop classroom-ready materials for the university classroom; receive structured feedback on the practice and implementation of writing for a broader audience rather than solely an academic one; 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.

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Reading Groups in the Humanities (deadline Friday, March 15, 2019)

The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, with the support of the Robert and Margaret Rothman Endowment for the Humanities, offers an inaugural funding opportunity 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 (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. 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 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.**