Humanities Research Center

Humanities Research Center Grants for Summer 2016

The Humanities Research Center is delighted to announce the continuation of its annual competition for ResearchGrants designed to foster excellence in research and creative scholarship at Virginia Commonwealth University by providing funds to support direct research costs incurred by faculty. These costs will include travel to archives, lodging, meals, and expenses related to collection of data such as photocopying and photography fees. (The awards are not to be used for conference travel, for the purchase of books or equipment, or for travel to use archival material that is available on the internet.)

The Center will award fifteen Research Grants of $1000 each for use during the summer of 2016. Five of these grantswill be given to projects with an international/transnational/global theme and are made possible by generous support from the Global Education Office.  All tenured, tenure-track, and term faculty working in the humanities at VCU are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to candidates who did not receive a grant for the previous year and who are or will be applying for research support from an external agency during the current academic year, or who have done so within the past two academic years.

Applications are due November 13, 2015.  They will be reviewed by a peer committee of faculty chaired by the center director, who will announce the awards by the end of December 2015. The Grants must be spent by the end of summer 2016 and will be available to the successful candidates in the form of reimbursement for expenses once they have returned from their research trips and submitted receipts in accordance with university procedures. Publications resulting from this grant program should include an acknowledgment of the center’s support.

A complete application will consist of the following:

  • * A completed coversheet (available from the HRC website)
  • *  A detailed proposal, not to exceed three single-spaced pages, that explains (a) the goals, methods, and significance of the project, (b) the archive(s) or other research site(s) to be visited and the material to be consulted there, (c) the impact that the project will have on the candidate’s career development, and (d) the impact that the project will have on the candidate’s discipline and the humanities in general.
  •  * A current Curriculum Vitae
  •  * A completed budget form (available from the HRC website)

Please submit application materials in one collated WORD file to