Grants & Awards

2017.05.03: Photo of Transcribathon, Decoding Diaries sessionThe Center supports three separate grants programs: Academic Programming Grants; Faculty Research & Writing Groups; Beyond the Classroom. Grants are designed to foster the communal intellectual life of the department and help its members share their research findings.

Grants do not support individual research projects, travel costs (department travel policies are here), equipment purchases (iinstructional & informational technology cfp is here). They cannot be used to hire research assistants.

If you require assistance in drafting a budget for your project, contact Karen Nelson, knelson@umd.edu. Guidelines for standard costs and procedures associated with special events are available here.

 

 

News

April 5, 2018
Congratulations to former English major, Reginald Dwayne Betts, who recently received a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship! You can read more about Betts here. 
April 3, 2018
This distinction honors faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievements, as well as exemplary contributions as teachers and leaders in their respective field.
March 27, 2018
Alumnus Donald Hall was recently selected as Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences & Engineering​ at the University of Rochester. 
March 15, 2018
The Department of English is delighted to announce Kim Coles has been selected for an Arcan Semester Research Award for fall 2018. This semester leave from teaching and administrative responsibilities aims to support faculty at the rank of associate professor, with preference given to those for whom the completion of a major project will lead to promotion to full professor.
February 22, 2018
John J. Long and Anne C. Long, Ph.D., give $100,000 to the Department to enhance students' education by recognizing, rewarding, and supporting faculty as they develop curricular and pedagogical best practices. 
February 6, 2018
Lyra Hilliard has received a 2017-2018 CCCC Emergent Researcher Award of $10,000 for her project “Cross-Institutional Study of Communities of Inquiry in Blended and Online Composition.” Lyra is researching to what extent online and blended writing courses function as communities of inquiry and how the community of inquiry framework is applicable to Writing Studies. 
February 5, 2018
The world premiere of Wild Nights with Emily!, a film featuring Molly Shannon (“Saturday Night Live,” “Divorce” and much more) for which Martha Nell Smith serves as a consultant and which draws heavily on her books Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson’s Intimate Letters to Susan Dickinson and Rowing in Eden: Rereading Emily Dickinson, and on her archival work, will be featured at SXSW on March 10. Director Madeleine Olnek has received numerous awards, and the film-in-progress won the top prize at the Champs-Elysées Film Festival in Paris in early July. https://schedule.sxsw.com/2018/films/122607
February 4, 2018
Tom Earles, Assistant Director of the Writing Center, was awarded an Erasmus+ ICM grant for a collaboration between UMD's Writing Center and Lund University's Academic Support Centre. This collaboration will involve a series of presentations and workshops addressing the intersections of creative writing and writing center programs. Strengthening the partnership between our universities will also set the stage for ongoing cooperation, which may include the development of a global classroom on tutor training and EFL/ESL tutoring.
January 26, 2018
Elissa Washuta graduated from UMD with a BA in English in 2007. Last month, it was announced that she will receive an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship. Click here for more information. 
January 13, 2018
Matt Kirschenbaum has been awarded a Mellon Foundation grant for Books.Files, a new project designed for assessing the potential for the archival collection and scholarly study of digital assets associated with today’s trade publishing and bookmaking. This project represents the first organized attempt to put ambassadors from the scholarly communities traditionally invested in safeguarding and studying the material history of bookmaking into contact and conversation with thought leaders and influencers from the contemporary publishing world. The centerpiece of the project will be a convening to bring those figures together in New York City in early 2018. Matt Kirschenbaum’s efforts will also be supported by site visits to observe the bookmaking process as it unfolds across different settings, and interviews with industry experts. Findings for scholars, archivists, and publishers will be presented in a white paper made publicly available in late 2018. 

CLCS Grants

Submission information & deadlines:

Academic Programming Grants: The deadline for spring submissions (which include legacy lecture series) is April 20, 2018. Priority given to grants that support the Center's 2018-2020 theme, RESISTANCE. Tentative deadline for fall submissions: October 29, 2018.

Faculty Research and Writing Groups are slated to meet throughout the year. The next deadline for submission is May 6, 2018.

Beyond the Classroom funds assist instructors as they build intellectual community for undergraduates and foster an energetic department climate. We solicit proposals with a deadline of September 8, 2018, for fall 2018, and another round due February 1, 2019, for spring 2019.

Funded Projects:
Fall 2017 (deadline 1 November 2017) | Spring 2017 (deadline 20 April 2017) | Fall 2016 (deadline 20 October 2016) | Spring 2016 (deadline 18 April 2016) | Fall 2015 (deadline 20 October 2015) | Spring 2015 (deadline 15 April 2015) | Fall 2014 (deadline 20 Oct 2014) | Spring 2014 (deadline 25 April 2014) | Fall 2013 (deadline 4 Oct 2013) | Spring 2013 (deadline 1 Feb 2013) | Winter 2013 | Fall 2012 (deadline 15 Oct 2012)

The complete list of projects funded under the umbrella of the Center for Literary & Comparative Studies is available here. Current and upcoming programs appear on the department's calendar pages.