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Call for Proposals

Thanks to the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Florida International University and Miami Dade College invite faculty members, librarians, students and museum curators at both institutions to propose collaborative research projects in the humanities. The competition is open to scholars in all humanities disciplines. These include: African-American (Black) Studies, Art History & Appreciation, Dramatic Arts, English, Geography, History, International/Global Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, Political Science & Government, Religious Studies, Sociology, Studio/Fine Art, Visual Art, and Women's Studies.  

Applications are due May 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Winners will be announced on June 30, 2019, and funds must be expended by April 30, 2020.

The grants will fund collaborative projects in which faculty, students, research librarians, or museum curators will play the “leading” role. Each proposal must include at least one lead participant from MDC and one from FIU, as well as at least one student from each institution. For the purposes of the application “lead participant” can mean full-time faculty affiliated with an academic department or a researcher affiliated with a nonacademic unit, such as a library, museum or research center. The lead participant from either institution is eligible to submit on behalf of the team. 

Adjunct faculty are also invited to participate so long as the team includes at least one full-time faculty member(or lead researcher) and one student from the institution. We especially wish to encourage projects that speak to the urgency of diversifying scholarship in the humanities through pedagogical innovation and cross-institutional collaboration.  

Two grants of $10,000 each will be awarded this year. The winners will be invited to present their findings at the second Faculty Summer Institute scheduled for the late Spring of 2020. 

Because the success of projects can depend on different measures, and because the field is so diverse, we ask each applicant group to identify the measures of success they believe to be most appropriate to their work. Applicants must also detail the project’s expected outcomes. 

Eligible proposals will be reviewed on the following criteria: 

Scholarly excellence. The proposal fills a research gap in the humanities in terms of the project’s intellectual ambitions, especially as it relates to providing a vibrant humanities education for a diverse student population.  

Quality of cross-institutional collaboration. There is evidence of a strong collaborative relationship between faculty and students.  

Impact. The collaborative research will have a considerable reach and impact, especially as it relates to the core values of the grant including “Making Diversity Meaningful in the Humanities”, sharpening the caliber of our humanities programs and crystalizing the humanities value proposition – in education, scholarship, advanced-degree attainment, and employment outcomes. 

To apply for funding for Faculty Collaborative Research in the Humanities, please fill out and submit our online form. You will be asked to provide names of all the collaborators and to upload a description of the proposed project along with expected outcomes and a detailed budget statement 

FAQs on the Collaborative Research Grants 

Who can apply?All full-time faculty in one of the humanities fields (African-American (Black) Studies, Art History & Appreciation, Dramatic Arts, English, Geography, History, International/Global Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, Political Science & Government, Religious Studies, Sociology, Studio/Fine Art, Visual Art, and Women's Studies)are eligible to be lead researchers on the proposal, including full-time instructors. Adjunct faculty or faculty from non-Humanities fields may also be part of the team, provided there is a full-time Humanities faculty lead from each institution. 

Does the student have to be a current student, or could it also be a recent graduate? The students on the grant must be current humanities students, and each team must contain at least one from each institution. Each institution’s grant portion will support their student participants.   

Can the FIU student participants be graduate students? Yes. 

Can funds be used to pay for a graduate assistantship? Yes. 

How can grant funds be used? Grant funds can be used for all research related activities, including traveling to conferences. Grant funds may be used to cover training costs or to buy software if such resources are not available at the partner institutions. For FIU faculty, funds may also cover course buy-outs and may be used to pay for student research assistants or any other support directly related to the research. Please note: Due to recent policy changes at both institutions, grant funds may not be used to purchase gift cards.

Are there any restrictions on what grant funds can be used for? Funds cannot be used for un-related or non-research projects. The grant cannot support indirect costs, such as operating expenses. And the funds are not intended to support public programming, which falls outside of the research scope of the grants. 

Is the grant only intended for scholarly research in the humanities?  Or can funds be used for pedagogical or class related work? The grants are intended primarily for scholarly research, which would include research that leads to new pedagogical strategies. One of the main goals of the grant is to help introduce students to research methodologies. 

The online form only asks for one lead faculty and one student from each institution. Can I add more? Yes. The proposal requires at least one full-time faculty and one full-time student from each institution. But teams may include as many additional faculty and students as they require. Simply list these under Q12, which asks for “Names, E-mail Addresses, and Departments of Collaborator(s).  

Will student participants receive a stipend?Student participants must benefit from grant funds in form of conference travel, or stipend payment from each institution’s portion of the grant. Student payments must be accounted for in each institution’s budget.  

How will funds be disbursed? The funds will be divided evenly between institutions and managed independently by each. Once the collaborative research grant has been awarded, lead researchers will have access to their half of the funds through the grant administrators. For FIU, the winners will put in requisition orders and be paid directly by the grant administrators. At MDC, the lead researcher will work with the grant administrator to put in requisition orders for payment of goods and services. 

What if we don’t use all the funds by April 2020? Can we apply for an extension? The goal is for each team is to present their research in May at the Humanities Edge Summer Institute & Conference. As long as the team is far enough into their research to present, and an extension was requested at least 30 days prior to the deadline, an extension may be granted. Request for extensions must be made 30 days prior to deadline to qualify. All unused funds will be forfeited after the deadline. 

2018 Winners

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