Call for proposals: Mellon grant-funded research on “Coastal Studies” and “Global Studies of the American South”
Following the award of a grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Willson Center invites proposals from faculty involved in publicly engaged humanities work. The previous call for letters of interest identified two areas of excellence:
- “Coastal Studies”
- “Global Studies of the American South”
Faculty are now invited to apply for smaller projects to be funded within one of these two areas. Each has a total budget of $35,000 per year for three years and faculty may apply for amounts above $1,000.
Funding is available from October 1, 2018 through summer 2019 in the first year, and potentially renewable for years two and three, depending on the nature of the proposal, for academic years 2019-20 and 2020-21.
Funds can support a range of ideas including, but not limited to, visiting speakers or partnership building, course release, research support, media projects, and undergraduate internships. Please contact us if you have questions or ideas you would like to share.
Proposals (2-3 pages maximum) should include details as requested in the guidelines and numbered accordingly with responses under the respective headings. Please also submit an itemized budget separate from the narrative.
Proposals should be in Word or PDF format and should be submitted to Dr. Lloyd Winstead (firstname.lastname@example.org), senior associate director in the Willson Center, by September 27. Proposals will be shared with the Mellon Partner Planning Committee. If approved for funding, awards are contingent on periodic reports, reviews, and approval.
Organizers are encouraged to engage with the Willson Center Digital Humanities Lab (DigiLab) as part of the Digital Humanities Initiative if the project includes data driven research, visualization, mapping, or other digital research component. Please describe how you will involve your students in this capacity and how digital humanities will enhance your project. (The PI should consult with Dr. Emily McGinn (email@example.com), Digital Humanities Coordinator, regarding proposed engagement prior to submitting this proposal. The PI should also discuss resource needs relevant to digital humanities activities and the DigiLab with Dr. McGinn, and those should be detailed accordingly in the budget.)
- Project Description
Your project should address a humanities question that has the possibility to engage students and the public in your research in one of the two areas of “Coastal Studies” or “Global Studies of the American South.” In your proposal please
- Identify the research area that aligns with your project.
- List the partners involved and note the primary contact for budget purposes.
- Describe the teaching and research aims, anticipated outcomes, and the interdisciplinary and public engagement of your project.
- Suggest how you will engage students and the public in your proposed project. Projects may include a diverse group of undergraduate/ graduate students who will create participatory research related to the proposal.
Projects can be potentially funded for 1-3 years depending on the scope of the proposal.
- Describe your project’s timeline beginning October 1, 2018 through spring/summer of 2019 for year one. If applicable, please also provide a brief schedule of your project’s proposed activities for years two and three. The timeline can include ideas for classes, public events, speakers, archival research, summer programs, internships, course releases and other innovations.
- Public Impact
The Global Georgia Initiative program typically features a wide range of events during spring semester including lectures, conversations, performances, and other public events that engage the community and its enthusiasm for the humanities.
- If appropriate, describe the potential public impact of your project. The Willson Center would like to feature visiting speakers, and/or faculty and student research as part of our spring Global Georgia series.
- External Grants
Research clusters are designed to increase research competitiveness for external funding.
- If appropriate, please identify external grants that you intend to pursue should your proposal be funded by this program.
- Graduate Assistant
Beginning spring 2019, a graduate assistant will be available to assist research projects and to research connections to other research groups in other institutions. The Graduate Assistant will also coordinate periodic meetings with faculty and undergraduate researchers from both project areas in order to form a common bond of inquiry.
- Indicate if you are requesting graduate assistant support and, if so, detail the proposed role of the assistant in your project.
Researchers can apply for smaller projects to be funded within one of the two areas of interest. Funding in the range of 1K to 35K will be available from October 1, 2018 through spring 2019 in the first year, and potentially renewable for years two and three depending on the nature of the proposal for academic years 2019/20 and 2020/21.
Funds can support a range of project needs including, but not limited to, visiting speakers or partnership building, course release, research support (including support for digital humanities projects), podcasts, and undergraduate internships.
Please note in your budget if you are requesting funding for 1, 2, or 3 years.
If the project includes data driven research, visualization, mapping, or other digital research component, please consult with Dr. Emily McGinn, Digital Humanities Coordinator, before submitting your proposal and budget. Please note in your budget that proposed digital humanities expenses have been reviewed by Dr. McGinn.
- Indicate total amount per year requested and term requested (1-3 years).
- Attach a separate annotated budget.