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)

Please note the application portal is open until June 15, 2019; proposal review resumes August 1, 2019.


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 2019 must be submitted by Sept 16, 2019; requests for Spring 2020 must be received by no later than February 10, 2020.

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