Faculty Research & Writing Groups

Call for ENGL Faculty Research and Writing Group Proposals

The Center for Literary and Comparative Studies continues its pilot program aimed at enhancing faculty research in the department for AY 2017-18.  Each member of a three-to-five person research group will be awarded $250 to help underwrite costs that groups incur by ordering books and other research material, having refreshments, and meeting regularly. Next deadline for submission: May 10, 2018.

Purpose | Applications | Reporting | Eligibility


  • meet at least twice a semester as both a reading group and a writing workshop
  • advance each member’s research and scholarly writing
  • discuss common interests
  • produce the equivalent of a journal article, book chapter, or creative piece and present it to the group
  • comment on each other’s work

Applications of no more than 500 words in sum may be submitted via this page and should include:

  • an outline of the proposed area of intellectual interest to be explored by group members;
  • a list of the group’s members;
  • a description of how often the group might meet
  • the envisioned content of the meetings

Reporting: At the end of the year, the group will submit a short (e.g. one page or less) report, including a list of the research or creative pieces produced by each member.  A description of funded groups will also appear on our website to showcase faculty research in the department.

Eligibility: All tenure-line faculty, professional track faculty, professors of the practice, and members of the core Comparative Literature faculty are eligible to become funded participants in a Faculty Research and Writing Group.  Graduate students who are also lecturers are excluded. Participation from outside the department is invited, but (with the exception of core CMLT faculty) the outside faculty members’ departments must provide any funding they might receive.

Faculty members are eligible for only one annual FRWG $250 award.

Participants in a Faculty Research and Writing Group (FRWG) might all be from one of the traditional area groups or come together from a number of departmental area groups because of a shared intellectual interest, such as animal studies, disability studies, race studies, Spinoza studies, or media studies.

This call for proposals for Faculty Research and Writing Groups is separate from our annual Fall & Spring call for proposal for Center funding of talks, events, and organizations in the department, though collaboration between a FRWG and other long-standing groups in the department is certainly a possibility.  While such collaboration is welcome, people should keep in mind that the main goal of the FRWG is to enhance and encourage scholarly research and publication among the faculty members of the department.

Groups funded in 2016-2017:  Digital Pedagogy | Fantasy Studies / J.R.R. Tolkien  |  Literature and Science Studies | Media Studies/Theory | Performance Studies | Rhetoric and Composition |

Submit an application here.


For more information, contact Edlie Wong (edlie@umd.edu).