The Council provides co-sponsorship for humanities-related programs, including conferences, workshops, colloquia, lectures, readings/performances, interdisciplinary courses, and reading groups. In most cases, the Council co-sponsors events that already have support from their home departments, typically offering amounts less than or equal to the home department’s contribution. Grants typically range from $250 to $2,500 for conferences or one-time co-sponsorships. Requests for greater amounts will be considered for special projects in the humanities and for those that require the primary sponsorship and administrative support of the Humanities Council.
Priority is given to faculty and graduate members of the Council’s 46 participating departments and programs, although interdisciplinary humanities-related requests from other units are encouraged.
The Council’s co-sponsorship fund does not support individual research projects or individual travel for faculty or graduate students.
Proposals initiated by graduate students must be presented by a faculty sponsor and followed by a brief email from the department chair endorsing the project.
Additional funding resources are available for Council-based projects, including the David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Grants in innovation and the Collaborative Humanities grants, which can support larger-scale or multifaceted initiatives. Departments and programs may apply for funds through the Visiting Fellows program and the Faber Lectures.
If you have questions about whether your project is eligible for consideration, please email Kathleen Crown, Executive Director.
How to apply
Please complete the online Funding Request Form (requires a Princeton University login). The form will ask for the amount contributed by the home department and any amounts solicited from or contributed by other campus units.
Funding Request Form (login required)
Faculty proposals for co-sponsorship are accepted throughout the year and considered on a rolling basis. We ask that requests be submitted at least one month in advance of the proposed event.
Graduate-student-initiated proposals for events in Fall 2020 must be submitted by Sept 11, 2020; requests for Spring 2021 must be received by no later than February 5, 2021.
Humanities Council Special Grants
Requests for greater amounts will be considered for special projects in the humanities and for those that require the primary sponsorship of the Humanities Council.
The Humanities Council’s Faber and Stewart funds support conferences in literature and religion, respectively. The Cone Fund offers particular support for music-related activities.
New Thinking on the Icon
Charlie Barber (Art & Archaeology)
Thirty international scholars will meet in May 2020 at Princeton to workshop essays for a major new publication that will re-orient how we think about the icon as a theological and historical phenomenon. Supported by the Humanities Council’s Stewart Fund for Religion with co-sponsorship from the Center for Hellenic Studies.
Literary Beginnings in the European Middle Ages
Marina Brownlee (Spanish and Portuguese)
This workshop seeks to understand how new literatures begin and what it means to ask about “literary beginnings,” exploring not isolated instances but continuous traditions, considering the dynamic forces of literary systems, literary agency, and literary institutions. Supported by an Eberhard L. Faber 1915 Grant
Space, Time, and Religion in Early America
Seth Perry (Religion)
On February 6-8, 2020, scholars of religion in early America will gather at Princeton to think about the real and imagined horizons of time and space that characterize the religious actors we study. Discussions will interrogate both the periodizations of the field (Great Awakening, evolution, Second Great Awakening) and the interpretative concepts brought to bear on it: millennialism, primitivism, typology. Supported by the Humanities Council’s Stewart Fund for Religion
Netherlands and Global History, 1500-1700
Nigel Smith (English)
This international three-day conference will explore the transnational global impact of the Netherlands, 1500-1700. Experts will be brought to Princeton from the Netherlands, elsewhere in Europe and Scandinavia, as well as from North America. Supported by an Eberhard L. Faber 1915 Grant
Building a Repertoire for bitKlavier
Dan Trueman (Music)
A diverse group of young composers will make new pieces for bitKlavier, a new kind of digital piano developed at Princeton, exploiting its unique features and, in turn, suggesting new directions for its development. The project will engage local piano teachers and young students who have been exploring bitKlavier’ s pedagogical possibilities. The pieces will be performed on campus and documented for release, so that pianists, composers, and instrument builders elsewhere can experience them. Supported by the Humanities Council’s Edward T. Cone ’39 *42 Fund.
Read about all of the Humanities Council’s Funding Opportunities.