The Fellowship's $50,000 award is designed to be flexible to the needs of the project. Nominees may propose to direct this money in whatever way will be most effective - any cost reasonably necessary is eligible - e.g., course release over more than one term, support collaborators for their time or work on the project, cover necessary travel. Applicants who wish to secure leave of a full semester or more, up to $40,000 of the award may be designated towards salary. The fellowship's goal is to provide the support that will best advance the work.
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Not restricted to those who study topics that are obviously connected to contemporary political, cultural, or social debates. The Whiting Foundation hopes to support Fellows whose scholarship covers a range of disciplines, periods, places, and perspectives.
- One humanities professor who took up tenure between fall 2012 and fall 2017; and
- One full-time, untenured humanities professor with at least two full years of service.
- Humanities disciplines defined via this link
Types of public engagement
A nominee can propose to work on any ambitious project, new or ongoing, that is designed to address a specific audience beyond the academy in an intellectually rigorous way. We are focused not on work that is simply relevant and/or technically accessible to a public but on projects conceived and executed to reach and engage them. Illustrative examples include, but are by no means limited to:
- Writing and placing one or more articles in a mainstream online or print publication
- Contributing to the research for and creation of a documentary film
- Curating an exhibit at an off-campus museum or gallery
- Developing curriculum modules for grades 6–12, along with a plan to disseminate them effectively
- Working with a local station to launch a live radio show and/or podcast bringing a topic of scholarship to a wide listenership
- Designing and implementing a series of professional development workshops for high school teachers
Proposal evaluation criteria
Applications will be peer-reviewed by a committee of distinguished humanists from across the disciplines. The committee will consider the following three criteria:
- Potential to engage the intended public
- Ability to complete the project successfully
- Intellectual value
$50,000 (up to $40,000 may be directed towards salary for one semester of leave)
- Internal competition deadline: Monday, June 5, 12 pm central time
- FIRST ROUND Whiting Foundation deadline (nominations forwarded): Thursday, June 15
- FIRST ROUND Whiting Foundation deadline (nominee-submitted short application): Friday, June 30
- SECOND ROUND Whiting Foundation deadline (revised and expanded application): Monday, October 30
- Notification: February 2018
- Semester leave: fall 2018 or spring 2019
Any questions about possible projects or eligibility can be directed to Jean Allman, director of the Center for the Humanities: firstname.lastname@example.org.