How to Apply

The Cultivating Humanities and Social Sciences Grants will be awarded to faculty research projects, up to $50,000, that relate to our theme of Recovery and to other topics that concern (1) changing bodies (2) changing minds (3) the changing globe and (4) changing political communities.

We seek perspectives that place these developments in historical, cultural, and literary contexts, and scholars who intend to communicate and interpret the findings to broader audiences at Stanford and beyond. Examples include historical research that addresses contemporary problematics, social scientific inquiry into long-standing political or social problems, or public-minded explorations of philosophical and literary questions. We are especially interested in projects that include faculty collaborations, and offer opportunities for undergraduate research. 

When applying you will be asked to submit a 2–3 page project proposal, a detailed budget, and a CV. Applications are due by 5 pm on Wednesday, December 16, 2020. 
 

Apply here

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Information sessions

The CHSS program directors, professors Anna Grzymala-Busse and Gavin Jones, will host two Zoom informational sessions to answers questions about this initiative and the application process: 

1) Tuesday, October 20, 4–5 pm (Pacific Time): RSVP.  

Zoom link: https://stanford.zoom.us/j/98662284399?pwd=L2tZYkh5NFF0S1BqWmpBa2NIYytKdz09

2) Thursday, October 29, 4–5 pm (Pacific Time): RSVP

Zoom link: https://stanford.zoom.us/j/96105276349?pwd=NE10V0ZWY3czYzZUUmdabExLOHR4Zz09

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

Stanford Academic Council faculty (of any rank) and Senior Lecturers

WHAT IS STANFORD LOOKING FOR?

We will prioritize applications that:

 

  • Demonstrate a clear problem that ties to themes of significant changes in the human experience, especially this year’s theme of Recovery
  • Relate to areas of contemporary public concern (please note that we are not seeking policy-oriented proposals) 
  • Can attain visibility and engage an audience beyond the academy
  • Include undergraduate outreach opportunities, such as research assistance
  • Are collaborative, either with faculty at Stanford or beyond
  • Show a reasonable plan of action for the research and its dissemination, and specify a budget that clearly shows how the funding will be used
CAN I APPLY FOR FUNDING IN THE CREATIVE ARTS?

These grants are not intended to support work in the creative arts. Projects should be analytical and interpretive. Funding opportunities in the arts can be found here: https://arts.stanford.edu/for-faculty/

WHAT IS THE SELECTION PROCESS?
  • A committee of 7-9 faculty members from different social science and humanities disciplines will read all the proposals. 
  • Each application will be read by at least two committee members, avoiding departmental and personal conflicts of interest.
  • The short list will be discussed by the entire committee in person/ Zoom.
  • The final awardees will be notified by February 15, 2021.
HOW CAN I USE THE FUNDING?

Amounts will depend on the budgets of individual projects and may be used for: 

 

  • Organizing symposia, workshops, conferences, or other collaborations
  • Bringing scholars and public intellectuals to Stanford  
  • Summer travel and salary support
  • Technological support: website development, archival collections, etc.
  • Hiring research assistants
WHAT WILL I GAIN FROM THE CHANGING HUMAN EXPERIENCE FELLOWSHIP?
  • New opportunities to pursue big, innovative projects that might otherwise seem out of reach
  • New possibilities for outreach and influencing the public debate
  • Workshops to help you develop your project and publish in the public sphere
  • Opportunities  to develop your ideas among a new community of scholars at Stanford that crosses disciplines, historical eras, and experiences