How to Apply

The Humanities Seed Grants will be awarded to faculty research projects, up to $50,000.

In keeping with Stanford’s university-wide focus on helping students and the public at large reimagine the human future, we are seeking to fund innovative projects that develop new models for humanistic research. These might include, among other approaches:

  • Collaborating to build new intellectual networks, answer new questions, or reach across existing fields to bring humanistic skills to bear on pressing social and environmental questions;
  • Engaging with students and the wider community, including local, national, and international publics;
  • Magnifying impact within and beyond particular scholarly fields through either the scale and scope of questions posed or the research design and methodology;
  • Offering new outcomes of research beyond the traditional scholarly monograph, including webinars, podcasts, or documentaries.

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 15, 2021. 

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Information Sessions

The grant directors, professors Fred Turner and Bernie Meyler, will host two Zoom informational sessions to answers questions about this initiative and the application process: 

1) Wednesday, November 3,  5-6 pm (Pacific Time). Please register here for zoom link. 

2) Monday, November 15, 12:30-1:30pm (Pacific Time). Please register here for zoom link.

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:
 

  • 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
WHAT IS THE DURATION OF THE GRANTS?

Two years with the possibility of requesting approval for a one-year extension based on unforeseen circumstances.

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 6-8 faculty members from different humanities and social science 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 18, 2022.
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 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