Program Grants

CLCS will again make financial support available for academic programming. Those guidelines are outlined below. The next deadline for submission is April 20, 2018, for programs scheduled for 2018-2019. Legacy Lecture Series proposals are due as part of the spring proposal cycle.

As funding allows, the fall deadline for submission is October 15, 2018. 

Application form.

Funds are available to faculty, staff, lecturers, undergraduate and graduate students in English and Comparative Literature for conferences, reading groups, speakers, performances, seminars, workshops, class-related activities, and other initiatives. The goal of this call is to facilitate activities that

  • foster the advancement of multidisciplinary and collaborative scholarship in the humanities;
  • encourage scholars and students to think beyond their immediate periods and areas of expertise;
  • offer opportunities for exchanges among students, alumni, lecturers, faculty, staff, and members of the general public;
  • spur new ideas, daring scholarship, and creative activities
  • consolidate and extend the global perspective on teaching and scholarship characteristic of the English Department.

The completed application form should include a 500-word description of the project and its target audience, a list of the participants with affiliations, and a budget that explains how the money will be spent and includes plans for co-sponsorships. If you need assistance as you develop your budget, contact Karen Nelson ( Cross-departmental proposals MUST have an English Department sponsor. 

Special consideration will given to proposals that

  • Address the Center’s theme for 2018-2020: RESISTANCE
  • Involve two or more area groups
  • Are comparative and/or interdisciplinary

Examples include: $200 for the purchase of books for a reading group; $200 for a movie rental and licensing fees for a group discussion, or a sum to cover travel expenses and an honorarium for a speaker. Budgeting guidelines for honoraria are available here.

Applications may be made for grants up to $1,000. Small grants are encouraged. Please note: book groups are capped at $200. Applications also may be made for grants up to $2,000 to support large-scale events such as conferences.

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.


This call is open to undergraduate English majors, graduate students, lecturers, faculty, and staff of the English department for public events. Grants do not cover individual research projects or travel and cannot be used to hire research assistants.

Funded Projects:

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

2017.03.10: Forming Black Britain: Visit to the Driskell Center