Program Grants

The campus closure and response to Covid-19 has required the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies to cancel or postpone nearly all our remaining events scheduled for spring 2020. Given these unforeseen circumstances, CLCS will suspend its Program Grants for the spring with the exception of the Lecture Series allocations. We will resume our Program Grants in fall 2020.

The spring deadline for Lecture Series proposals is April 10, 2020.

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, 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 inside and outside the department. 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

  • Involve two or more area groups
  • Are comparative and/or interdisciplinary

Examples include: $400 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 $400. Applications also may be made for grants up to $2,000 to support large-scale events such as conferences on campus. If you plan to apply for a $2,000 grant, consult with one of the CLCS co-directors prior to submitting your application. Please note that proposals to host a professional organization conference on campus will require additional review by the CLCS Steering Committee.

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. Projects must take place on campus.

Funded Projects:

Funded Fall 2018 Cycle | Funded Spring 2018 Cycle | Funded Fall 2017 Cycle | Funded Spring 2017 CycleFunded Fall 2016 Cycle  | Funded Spring 2016 Cycle  | Funded Fall 2015 | Funded Spring 2015 Cycle  | Funded Fall 2014 Cycle  | Funded Spring 2014 Cycle  | Funded Fall 2013 Cycle  | Funded Spring 2013 Cycle | Funded Winter 2013 Cycle | Funded Fall 2012 Cycle 

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