Collaborative Humanities

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Global Initiatives: Research and Teaching Collaborations

Several large-scale projects receive multi-year support from the Humanities Council. Proposals are now being accepted only for “exploratory grants” (see below).

Exploratory Grants in Collaborative Humanities


The Council offers funding of up to $25,000 to help pairs or groups of faculty develop a collaborative area of focus which generates new research or teaching in emerging or underrepresented fields in the humanities. We invite initial, exploratory projects designed to identify potential partners and spark collaborations at Princeton or to develop a substantial Princeton component for multi-institutional and international collaborations. These may include reading groups, conferences, workshops, planning meetings, and other gatherings to take place at Princeton in academic year 2020-2021.  Grants are typically limited to one year; further funding for continuing the project may be requested, pending submission and review of the first-year report. 

We invite cross-disciplinary proposals that are collaborative and publicly engaged, and we particularly encourage proposals that align with the Humanities Council’s stated priorities.


Regular Princeton faculty and Senior Lecturers may apply.

How to Apply

Faculty interested in the opportunity should contact Kathleen Crown, Executive Director, as early as possible.

The online application form (available one month in advance of the deadline) will require the following documents as attachments:

1. A brief, compelling abstract of the proposal (up to 200 words), clearly stating who would likely be involved in the collaboration, what the funds will be used for, and where, when, and how it will be carried out. It should further convey what aspects require a collaborative approach and what makes the project innovative and potentially important. The abstract should be able to stand on its own as an overview of the project.

2. A detailed proposal for the full project, which must include the following:

  • project title
  • name(s) of proposer(s)
  • principal departments involved
  • start and end dates, schedule of when all work will be done
  • collaborative nature of the project and any project history 
  • project’s benefit to Princeton University faculty and students
  • names of Princeton faculty and students who will be involved
  • intended non-University participants, with names and affiliations if known
  • a detailed budget (travel, lodging, food, materials) for the full project, indicating all amounts contributed by, or solicited from, other offices on campus, particularly the host department
  • total cost of the project
  • amount requested from the Humanities Council 

3. Proposals involving new courses or undergraduate group travel requires a department chair agreement to support logistics.  You may attach that letter/email to the application form or have it sent directly to Kathleen Crown.

Proposals under serious consideration may be reviewed by faculty experts in the relevant fields, in consultation with the Council of Science and Technology, the Center for Digital Humanities, the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, the Lewis Center for the Arts, the Dean of Research, the Dean of the College, and other campus offices.

Read about the 2020-21 grants.

Application Link

Deadlines and Grant Cycles

  • October 28, 2020: Round one deadline
  • December 2020: Applicants will be notified of decisions for round one.
  • February 26, 2021: Round two deadline
  • April 2021 Applicants will be notified of decisions for round two.
  • July 2021: Funds will be transferred after the start of the 2022 fiscal year (begins July 1, 2021).
  • May 15, 2022: Grantees must submit final reports on completed projects using an online form. Links will be provided, along with reminders from the Council.

There are two rounds of proposal consideration with deadlines of October 28, 2020 and February 26, 2021.  Proposals for these grants will also be considered for Magic funding, if eligible.

See a full list of Humanities Council funding opportunities

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