Summer 2020 Grants Newsletter: Humanities

Ragdale Foundation
Schumann Fellowship
Deadline: May 15, 2020

The Ragdale Foundation and Barbra Schumann are pleased to announce a new fellowship opportunity for emerging Latinx visual artists. This fellowship opportunity will support one visual artist with an 18-day or 25-day residency at Ragdale along with a cash stipend of $500, the creation of a brief video documentary/interview, and the presentation of a public program. Presentation of a public program may include an artist talk, workshop, or other program and will take place within 18 months of the residency.

Ragdale Foundation
Traeger Fellowship for Musicians, Composers, and Music Scholars
Deadline: May 15, 2020

The Ragdale Foundation and the Traeger family are pleased to announce a fellowship opportunity for musicians, composers, and music scholars. This fellowship opportunity will support an individual by offering an 18-day or 25-day residency at Ragdale along with a cash stipend of $500, the creation of a brief video documentary/interview, and the presentation of a public program. The residency may be awarded to a collaborative duo if they share a live/work studio. Open to emerging and established practitioners.  The selected fellow(s) will demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence. When possible, the fellowship will prioritize artists whose practices are rooted in and/or a response to traditions associated with guitar and/or similar stringed instruments.

Ragdale Foundation
Alice Judson Hayes Fellowship
Deadline: May 15, 2020

The Alice Judson Hayes Writing Fellowship is an annual award in memory of Alice Hayes, who created the Ragdale Foundation in what had been her family home. All her life she was committed to working for a just and peaceful world. An 18- or 25-day residency, free of charge, and a $500 stipend will be given to a writer who is working on a project designed to bring awareness to a contemporary issue having to do with peace, social justice, education, or the environment. Projects can be nonfiction or fiction (including journalism, essays, memoir, script-writing, creative nonfiction). No academic writing.

National Women’s Studies Association
Gloria Anzaldua Book Prize
Deadline: June 15, 2020

Application period: February 1 – June 15 each year

The prize includes $1,000 and recognition for groundbreaking monographs in women’s studies that makes significant multicultural feminist contributions to women of color/transnational scholarship. The prize honors Gloria Anzaldúa, a valued and long-active member of the National Women’s Studies Association.

Basic Guidelines:

  • Current NWSA individual membership (including co-authors)
  • Books considered must have a first date of US publication between May 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020
  • Must complete the online application
  • Presses cannot submit
  • The committee seeks groundbreaking monographs in women’s studies that make a significant multicultural feminist contributions to women of color/transnational scholarship
  • Anthologies will not be considered
  • Applicants must send 5 copies of their book to:
  •       National Women’s Studies Association
  •       1720 W. Division Street
  •       Chicago, IL 60622
  •       ATTN: NWSA Anzaldúa Book Prize

Art Design Chicago 2020 Exhibition Research and Development Grants
Deadlines: May 15, 2020 (Letter of Intent), July 15, 2020 (Submission)
August 14, 2020 (Letter of Intent), November 2, 2020 (Submission)

To encourage expansive thinking about the initiative focus and support the development of deeply researched exhibitions accompanied by innovative engagement strategies and programming, the Terra Foundation is inviting Chicago-area cultural organizations to apply for two types of Research & Development Grants, which will be awarded in two stages:

  1. Exhibition Research & Development Grants, supporting research convenings, research travel, and/or a research fellow, will be awarded in summer 2020, fall 2020, and spring 2021 (respective letters of inquiry due on January 15, 2020; May 15, 2020; and August 14, 2020)
  1. Recipients of Exhibition Research & Development Grants will be eligible to apply for Community-Engagement Research & Development Grants, which will be awarded starting in fall 2021. Organizations interested in applying are asked to participate in a learning community with other Art Design Chicago partners, which will allow for sharing best engagement practices and exploring opportunities for collaboration. Additional details about the grant opportunity and learning community and will be available in fall 2020.

These research & development grants are intended to help recipients:

– Consult primary sources (e.g., archives and collections) and meet with other specialists to gain new perspectives on their exhibition topics;

– Explore possibilities for developing a traveling exhibition;

– Investigate and plan audience- and community-engagement strategies (e.g., approaches to gallery interpretation, programming, outreach, and partnerships) in early stages of exhibition development;

– Explore opportunities to work in partnership with other cultural organizations and/or community-based groups.

Exhibition Research & Development Grants may be used for one or more of the following:
Research Convening(s), enabling exhibition curators and education/engagement staff to meet in person with invited scholars and others with expertise to discuss research findings and plans for the exhibition and catalogue, and to consider ways to make the content relevant and accessible to a broad audience. TFAA funds may be used for travel and lodging for participants from outside of Chicago, meeting materials, meals, and modest honoraria for participants not employed by organizing/presenting institutions. (Awards up to $20,000).

American Philosophical Association
APA Small Grant Fund
Deadline: June 30, 2020
Only members may submit a grant proposal.

To submit a small grant proposal, fill out the budget template and the small grant proposal submission form. You will upload the completed budget template within the submission form.


Proposals should include the following:

  • The names and institutional affiliations of the project steering committee.
  • An abstract of the proposal (150 word maximum)
  • A brief account of the project’s purpose, explaining its benefits for the field of philosophy and/or how it involves community outreach.
  • A description of the groundwork already laid for the project or, in the case of projects involving community outreach, a description of the relationships already developed in the community.
  • A plan and timeline for achieving the proposed project.
  • A detailed project budget with a schedule for allocation of the funds to the project.
  • A designation of the fiscal agent for the project.
  • Information about other funding sought or obtained.
  • A description of how the project will be assessed at its completion with an eye to what worked and what could be improved.
  • A description of how the project will be advertised to the larger philosophical and/or lay public.
  • Where a proposal includes the creation of a website, proposers should include details as to where the site will be hosted and indicate whether they intend a link to be created on the APA’s website. (The APA will not host websites for grantees.)
  • If the proposal involves public lectures, performances, presentations, or films, the proposers should address how the program will be accessible for disabled persons, including deaf/hard of hearing and blind/visually impaired individuals.
  • Upload (within the submission form) a brief CV (maximum two pages) for each project coordinator, highlighting activities relevant to the project. Upload all CVs as one .pdf file.
  • Please note that, as a service to future applicants, successful proposals will be made public.


  • Proposals should ordinarily be for expenditures that will be completed by the end of the academic year following the one in which the grant is authorized. (For grants approved at the fall 2018 board meeting, therefore, expenditures should ordinarily be spent before the end of the 2019–2020 academic year.) Proposals that plan expenditures later than this must directly explain and justify the timeline for expenditures.
  • While a proposal may describe a project that needs funding over more than a year, the APA will not commit to support of a grantee beyond the funds authorized in any year. Applicants should, however, inform the APA if the activities for which a proposal seeks funding are part of a multiyear program.
  • Applications for the support of conferences must demonstrate some general benefit to the profession in addition to advancing philosophical discussion of the conference topic.
  • Proposals may include requests for travel funds. However, applicants should keep in mind that it is not the policy of the APA to fund travel to its own divisional meetings and thus a careful explanation of the travel for which the funding is sought under an APA grant will be needed.
  • Grants may not be used to contribute to, or to create, endowments.
  • The APA does not provide administrative support for grantees, nor will the APA act as the fiscal agent for a grant.
  • A grant by the American Philosophical Association to any University shall be conditioned upon such University’s agreement not to charge the American Philosophical Association with any Facilities and Administrative Costs in connection with such grant. (See Administrative Cost Policy)
  • The APA does not accept applications from committees of the APA. (This does not preclude the members of a committee applying as a group, provided they bear in mind the previous stricture.)
  • Grant proposals involving the use of graduate student assistance need to indicate whether graduate students will receive any academic credit for work they do in connection with grant-supported activity.
  • Selection Criteria
  • The board favors project proposals that ask for seed money for new projects and demonstrate the potential to obtain continuing support from other sources.
  • The board favors projects that serve as a model for other institutions, and for which the grant recipient is willing to provide information about the project for others.
  • Given the limited annual grant funds (a total of $25,000), project proposals are more likely to be successful if they request $5,000 or less.
  • Project proposals are more likely to be successful if they have secured local support for the project.
  • Project proposals are more likely to be successful if a groundwork for the project has already been laid, or in the case of community projects, if some relationships with people in the community have already been developed.
  • The board will not ordinarily fund lectures or lecture‐series at a single university or college.

National Endowment for the Arts

NEA Grants for Arts Projects 1, FY 2021

Deadline: July 9, 2020


Grants for Arts Projects is the National Endowment for the Arts principal grants program. Through project-based funding, we support public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation, the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Projects may be large or small, existing or new, and may take place in any part of the nations 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and fostering mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all individuals and groups.

While we welcome applications for a variety of artistically excellent projects, we encourage projects that address any of the following activities below:

  • Celebrate Americas creativity and/or cultural heritage.
  • Invite a dialogue that fosters a mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all persons and groups.
  • Enrich our humanity by broadening our understanding of ourselves as individuals and as a society.

Cost share/matching grants generally will range from $10,000 to $100,000. No grants will be made below $10,000. Grants of $100,000 or more will be made only in rare instances, and only for projects that we determine demonstrate exceptional national or regional significance and impact. In the past few years, well over half of the agency’s grants have been for amounts less than $25,000.

National Endowment for the Humanities

Short Documentaries Program

Deadline: August 12, 2020


Program Description

The Short Documentaries program supports the production and distribution of documentary films up to 30 minutes that engage audiences with humanities ideas in appealing ways. The program aims to extend the humanities to new audiences through the medium of short documentary films. Films must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, literature, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. You can find a more detailed description of the humanities here. The Short Documentaries program supports production of single films or a series of thematically-related short films addressing significant figures, events, or ideas. Programs should be intended for regional or national distribution, via broadcast, festivals, and/or online distribution. The subject of the film(s) must be related to A More Perfect Union: NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Commemorating the Nations 250th Anniversary.

Applications must present clear central ideas in the humanities and must demonstrate a solid command of the humanities scholarship on their subject. Applicants must have consulted with a team of scholarly advisers to develop the intellectual ideas that the program will explore. The scholars must represent fields relevant to the subject matter, have a strong record of research and scholarship in the humanities, and offer diverse perspectives and approaches. Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical.

All proposed projects must:

-relate to A More Perfect Union: NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Commemorating the Nations 250th Anniversary.

-employ appealing formats that will engage the general public in learning

-build on sound humanities scholarship

-deepen public understanding of significant humanities questions

-approach a subject analytically, presenting a variety of perspectives

-involve humanities scholars in all phases of development and production

-involve appropriate media professionals

To be ready to apply for a Short Documentaries award, you should have:

-completed research on your subject, including archival work and preliminary interviews

-involved scholars in creating and interpreting the projects content

-completed the projects script(s) and detailed treatment(s)

-designed your plans for distribution, outreach, and partnerships

Short Documentaries awards may support activities such as:

-meeting with scholars

-script refinement

-shooting and editing of short films

-creation or enhancement of resources, including websites or other digital components, related to the proposed short film(s)

-distribution, outreach activities and public engagement related to the proposed short film(s)

National Endowment for the Humanities
Humanities Connections Program Implementation Grants
Deadline: September 16, 2020

Program Description
The Humanities Connections program seeks to expand the role of the humanities in undergraduate education at two- and four-year institutions. Awards will support innovative curricular approaches that foster productive partnerships among humanities faculty and their counterparts in the social and natural sciences and in pre-service or professional programs (such as business, engineering, health sciences, law, computer science, and other technologydriven fields), in order to encourage and develop new integrative learning opportunities for students.

Competitive applications will demonstrate:

-that the proposed curricular projects address significant and compelling topics or issues in undergraduate education at the applicant institution(s);

-that these projects develop the intellectual skills and habits of mind cultivated by the humanities; and

-that faculty and students will benefit from meaningful collaborations in teaching and learning across disciplines as a result of the project.

Humanities Connections projects have four core features:

  1. integration of the subject matter, perspectives, and pedagogical approaches of two or more disciplines (with a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities);
  2. collaboration between faculty from two or more separate departments or schools at one or more institutions;
  3. experiential learning as an intrinsic part of the curricular plan; and
  4. long-term institutional support for the proposed curriculum innovation(s).

If the project addresses core or general education requirements, or requirements for specific pathways or pre-professional programs, it must incorporate a fresh approach in doing so. For example, applicants might consider
-filling a new or unmet curricular gap in which the humanities will play an integral role;
-opening up a new interdisciplinary minor or certificate;
-transforming existing curricular pathways; or
-connecting existing fields of study to new or emerging disciplines.

The program aims at the substantive and purposeful integration of disciplines and therefore does not support

-the isolated addition or revision of a single course offering, or
-the simple pairing of complementary courses, whether in the same or in different departments or schools.

Artist Relief
Artists Relief Invites Applications from Artists Facing Covid Related Emergencies
Deadline: September 30, 2020

Grants of $5,000 will be awarded to artists facing dire economic financial emergencies due to COVID-19.  Practicing artists living in all fifty states, territories, and tribal nations, working in any discipline, are eligible to apply for a grant. Applicants must be 21 or older, able to receive taxable income in the United States regardless of their citizenship status, and have generally lived and worked in the United States for the last two years. Due to expected demand, Artist Relief recognizes it will not be able to fund every applicant. Artists demonstrating the most severe needs will be prioritized, with an emphasis on funding widely across disciplines and geographies, as well as disability, ethnicity, and gender. Applications will be reviewed and assessed for eligibility and need in collaboration with cultural nonprofits across the country, who will assist in the determination and selection process.

Medieval Academy of America
Digital Humanities and Multimedia Studies Prize
Deadline: October 15, 2020
$1,000 Award for successful and innovative digital projects in Medieval Studies.
The Academy awards the annual Digital Humanities and Multimedia Studies Prize to one outstanding digital research project in Medieval Studies. The first Prize was awarded in 2017.

Projects submitted for the prize may take the form of:

  • digital-born research projects
  • databases
  • digital archives of texts or images
  • pedagogical projects
  • teaching or research tool

Or other original and innovative contributions in digital form to the academic study of the Middle Ages.
-To be eligible, digital project submitted each year must have been created and made available to users within the last five years.

-For example, in 2018, projects created during or after 2013 are eligible. Projects created during or after 2015 are eligible for the 2020 DHMS Prize

-Projects do not need to be complete, although they should show signs of continuing work and support.

-The Principal Investigator of the project must be a member of the Medieval Academy of America.

The Digital Humanities and Multimedia Studies Prize Committee will select the award-winning project based on the Medieval Academy’s established criteria for high-quality digital medievalist projects, summarized below:

  • Quality of research and contributions to Medieval Studies
  • Goals and methodologies of project
  • Design, presentation, and accessibility of project
  • Sustainability of project and compatibility of its metadata

Application procedures:
Scholars at any stage in their professional careers are encouraged to apply. Candidates must have a graduate degree, but do not need to be employed at an academic institution.
Nominations and self-nominations are due by midnight on October 15.
Nomination dossiers must be submitted online and must include:

  • A short (500 words maximum) description of the nominated digital project with access information
  • A statement (250 words) of goals and methods of the project and its intended audience
  • A brief summary of technical specifications for the project
  • The names, academic affiliations (if any), and contact information of  project personnel/collaborators
  • A list of project sponsors, including publisher or host institution, and a list of external grants or awards for the project
  • A brief CV of the project creator/PI

Nominators may, if they wish, supply no more than two brief letters of recommendation from appropriate experts in the field/s of the nominated project. These should be sent by email to Executive Director Lisa Fagin Davis as PDFs on letterhead.

Society for the Historians of American Foreign Relations
Myrna F. Bernath Fellowship
Deadline: October 15, 2020

The Myrna Bernath Fellowship of up to $2,500 is intended to defray the costs of scholarly research by women. It is awarded biannually (in odd years) and announced at the SHAFR luncheon held during the annual meeting of the American Historical Association. Applications are welcomed from women at U.S. universities as well as women abroad who wish to do research in the United States. Preference will be given to graduate students and those within five years of completion of their PhD.

Scholars at any stage in their professional careers are encouraged to apply. Candidates must have a graduate degree, but do not need to be employed at an academic institution.
Application Procedures:
Self-nominations are expected. To apply, please read through the Instructions Sheet and then use the online application located below, which appears when applications are being accepted.  Questions can be sent by electronic mail to The biannual deadline for applications is October 15 of even years.

Opportunities marked with an (*) require completion of a clearance form with DePaul’s Development Office.

Additional funding search tools are available on the ORS website at:

Opportunities marked with an (*) require completion of a clearance form with DePaul’s Development Office.

Author: Jessica Bishop-Royse

JBR is into scholarship, research, statistics, methods, and doing fun stuff outside of work.

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