Seed Grant Deadlines

October 5, 2012

Seed grant proposals due to CLCS on October 15! Details below, along with an overview of some other opportunities elsewhere on campus

The Center for Literary and Comparative Studies will make financial support available for academic programming during the 2012-2013 academic year. Funds will be 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

Applications will be accepted until October 22, 2012 for activities taking place in fall 2012 and spring 2013. A second round of applications will be accepted until January 15, 2013 for activities taking place in spring 2013. Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2013 for activities taking place in fall 2013 and spring 2014. 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 includes plans for co-sponsorships. Cross-departmental proposals must have an English Department sponsor. 

Special consideration will given to proposals that

  • Address the Center’s theme: Circuits and Circulation
  • Involve two or more area groups
  • Are comparative and/or interdisciplinary

Applications may be made for grants up to $1,000. Small grants are encouraged. Examples include: $200 for the purchase of books for a reading group; $400 to offset the cost of tickets for a play or field trip to an exhibit; $200 for a movie rental for a group discussion, or a sum to cover travel expenses and an honorarium for a speaker associated with a class.

Applications also may be made for grants up to $4,000 to support large-scale events.


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 and cannot be used to hire research assistants.


    Other campus initiatives include:
  • Future of Information Alliance, "designed to encourage teams of students to engage in research projects that lead the way to innovative solutions for key information-related challenges. Information session: 26 October.
  • ARHU Research Continuity Microgrants, due 15 October 2012 and 15 February 2013, and ARHU New Directions Innovations Seed Grants, due 16 November 2012. Contact Ashley Richerson,, in the Office of the Dean for information.
  • Consortium of Race, Gender, Ethnicity: Faculty Seed Grants for Developing Qualitative Work