Arts and Humanities in Action: 2022-23 Application for Amherst First-Year Students

What is it about deep study in the arts and humanities that fosters such a wide range of career options and leadership potential? Amherst College has the Arts and Humanities in Action (AHA) program that is designed to help students interested in those areas of study see a path forward that leads to a rewarding career. All first-year students are invited to apply! Deadline: October 28, 2022. 

The New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC) - Request for Proposals

The New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC) is offering competitive seed grants for research initiatives in the humanities that seek to capitalize on the collaborative network and potential of the consortium. Applications seeking to sustain, and build on, previously funded NEHC initiatives that demonstrated success are also welcome. Awards of up to $5,000 will be made. (For projects whose total budgets exceed $5,000 applicants must list additional committed funding sources and amounts.) Priority will be given to applications demonstrating concrete plans for consortium membership involvement. Such involvement can take different forms, but will typically involve, e.g. direct collaboration between two or more member institutions and/or active solicitation of faculty, staff, or students exclusively from member institutions. Applications are welcome from individuals or teams, but the PI must be on the faculty of a NEHC member institution.

Deadline: October 14, 2022

National Humanities Center Residential Fellowships

Each year, the National Humanities Center welcomes up to forty scholars from across the humanities and all over the world. During their time in residence, Fellows are given the freedom to work on their projects while benefiting from the exceptional services of the Center. The stunning Archie K. Davis building offers private studies, light-filled common areas, and verdant grounds. The Center also provides scholars with exceptional library services, breakfasts, and lunches in the dining area, and administrative support in organizing seminars and study groups.

This year's application deadline is October 6, 2022. 

CHI Research Seminars - Call for Proposals - Due September 9

The Center for Humanistic Inquiry offers up to $2,500 to support seminars for humanities-oriented research at Amherst. Seminars include between four and fifteen participants and meet periodically throughout the school year. Activities include guest speakers, writing workshops, reading groups and the like. Proposals for 2022-23 are due by Friday, September 9 at 4:30 p.m. 

Faculty of Color Mellon Mentors CFP

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The Faculty of Color Working Group (FOCWG) invites applications for participation in the 2022-2023 cohort of the FOCWG Mellon Mentors program. The FOCWG Mellon Mentors Program aims to partner early-career BIPOC faculty with trained senior mentors to create enduring professional relationships that will provide guidance, resources, and support to early career scholars as they cement their foothold in academia. The goal of the FOCWG Mellon Mentors Program is the creation of mentoring cohorts that offer multiple models of mentoring and expands the network of support for program participants. Applications due May 31.

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Online summer course in Digital Humanities

LACOL - the liberal arts collaborative

Through a unique collaboration between ten peer colleges, Digital Humanities: Social Justice Collections and Liberal arts Curricula uses college archives and collections, and curricular data, as a multi-campus corpus to be interrogated as a basis for historically and socially relevant digital research.  Students will apply different lenses – history, language, culture, religion, solo/ensemble works of art, “digital making” to formulate and address a research question through digital means. Contact us at chi@amherst.edu to request a seat.

Faculty of Color Symposium: "Renewal" - Call for Applications

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Over the last two years, higher education institutions across North America have responded to the very public assaults on Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous life by making renewed commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, suggesting a sea change for our futures as faculty of color. To what extent can we take these commitments in good faith, and what steps do we take toward our own successes and futures? This year’s theme of "Renewal" offers an opportunity for faculty of color to take stock of what we value about our teaching, research, service, advocacy, and personal lives. Symposium takes place May 13-14, 2022. Applications due April 1.

Mellon Faculty of Color Fellowships - Call for Applications

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The Mellon Faculty of Color Fellowship program provides resources to reduce many of the barriers that make it difficult for faculty of color to research, think, and engage in their transformative work at their home institutions. These fellowships will reward recipients with a salary supplement and logistical resources that will allow them the time and space to focus on their scholarship away from the typical demands on their own campuses. Fellows will spend their fellowship year at a NEHC host institution with opportunities to interact with a broad and relevant intellectual community. Applications are due by March 15th, 2022.

Amherst-Folger Post-baccalaureate Fellowship

The Amherst-Folger Postbaccalaureate Fellowship provides one Amherst College graduate with nine months of professional development at two world-class institutions—the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. Designed to support career exploration in the humanities, the opportunity offers project-based work that will be responsive to both the skills and potential of the selected candidate, and the work of their mentors at the Folger and Dumbarton Oaks. All fellows will have the opportunity to work closely with staff in the Folger’s collections, research, or exhibitions teams, and departmental assignments at Dumbarton Oaks may include hands-on work in curation and exhibit preparation, research and publication, collection development or conservation, marketing and communication, or education and public outreach initiatives. Application deadline: December 6, 2021.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that contributes to scholarly knowledge or to the public’s understanding of the humanities. Recipients usually produce scholarly articles, monographs on specialized subjects, books on broad topics, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly tools.

These stipends provide $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing. Recipients must work full-time on their projects for two months and may hold other research grants supporting the same project during this time. Summer stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year.

Contact Lisa Stoffer or Mary Elizabeth Strunk in the Grants Office for more information and tips for preparing a competitive NEH proposal. 

CFP: CHCI-Mellon Global Humanities Institutes 2023

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Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) Global Humanities Institutes (GHI) are multi-year projects devoted to a research theme, method, practice, or problem in the humanities that would benefit directly from a sustained international and collaborative approach. CHCI supports teams of scholars representing three or four humanities centers or institutes, preferably located in at least three different world regions to develop a research program and model for inclusive collaborative work in the humanities. The centerpiece of each collaboration will be an in-person meeting (a summer or winter institute), flexible in format, that will last a maximum of two weeks and include both members of the convening research team and additional participants from other organizations that are affiliated with CHCI member centers. Expressions of interest due September 30, 2021.

CFP: New England Humanities Consortium Seed Grants

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The New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC) promotes and strengthens intellectual collaboration, interdisciplinary exchange, and innovative educational, intercultural, and curricular programming among New England Humanities centers and institutes, and the faculty, students, and regional, national, and global communities they serve. The Consortium includes Amherst College, Brown University, Colby College, Dartmouth College, Middlebury College, Northeastern University, Smith College, Tufts University, the University of Connecticut, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Rhode Island, the University of Vermont, Wellesley College, and Wheaton College.

The NEHC is offering competitive seed grants fo research initiatives in the humanities that seek to capitalize on the collaborative potential of the consortium. Applications seeking to sustain, and build on previously funded NEHC initiatives are also welcome. Awards of up to $5,000 will be made. Deadline: September 15, 2021.

New England Faculty of Color Working Group Mellon Mentors Program

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From increased service loads to social barriers and challenges in pursuing critical research, the specific constraints that Black, Indigenous and people of color face in academia as scholars and administrators create considerable obstacles to their retention and success. Nevertheless, we know that the crucial research, teaching, service, and decision-making duties these early career scholars and administrators undertake are vital for transforming the cultures of our campuses and communities into more equitable places for all. To this end, the FOCWG mentorship program aims to partner early-to-mid-career professors and administrators with trained senior mentors to create enduring professional relationships that will provide guidance, resources, and support to early career scholars and administrators as they cement their foothold in academia. Deadline: July 31, 2021.

CFP: Mellon Humanities for All Times Initiative

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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has invited Amherst College to submit curricular-development proposals under its Humanities for All Times initiative. The goal of the initiative is to increase humanities enrollments among a broad and diverse undergraduate population by clearly articulating the distinctive aims and methods of humanistic analysis and demonstrating the importance of such analysis for the social-justice objectives to which so many students are rightly committed. Approximately 10 grants of up to $1.5 million with a two- to three-year duration will be awarded to teams generating innovative curricula, pedagogies, projects, and, where relevant, scholarship that meet the terms of the call. Collaborations with partner organizations both within and beyond the academy are encouraged. 

The Center for Humanistic Inquiry is collecting proposal ideas and will coordinate efforts with the Grants Office and other partners to help applicants develop their proposals. Up to three proposals can be submitted by the college to Mellon. Submit your initial ideas, at any stage of development, no later than Friday, May 21 at 4:30 p.m. (login required)

Symposium for Faculty of Color: Politics, Pedagogy, and the Public Humanities

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Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC), and the University of Connecticut, the Faculty of Color Working Group (FOCWG) invites applications for a virtual symposium hosted by Tufts University and scheduled for Wednesday May 26 – Friday May 28, 2021. The symposium's theme is “Politics, Pedagogy, and the Public Humanities” and includes a keynote by Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Princeton), workshops by Dr. Noliwe Rooks (Cornell), Dr. Gabrielle Foreman (Penn State), Dr. Kyla Wazana Tompkins (Pomona), Dr. E. Patrick Johnson (Northwestern), and Dr. Nicole Aljoe (Northeastern), social hours, and opportunities for one-on-one meetings with publishers.  Symposium participants will receive a stipend of $500 to help defray any costs incurred in attending and to reward active participation across the three days. An application is required for attendance--deadline: April 23.