Center for the Humanities

Swan Hall, 175G Upper College Rd. Kingston, RI 02881 – 401.874.5700

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Grants for Visiting Scholars

The URI Center for the Humanities announces the availability of funds for bringing scholarly speakers in the humanities to the URI campus. The Center limits its funding to events that are free and open to the public, and preference for funding is given to those events involving students in one or more classes. Funding from the Center for each event is limited to amounts up to a maximum of $500. The decision to fund a particular scholar visit is based upon the following criteria: the value of the event for enhancing the humanities at URI and its surrounding community, the number of students/courses involved with the event, the importance of the visiting scholar to course content (if applicable), the availability of funding, and the clarity of the proposal. Additionally, the Center looks for some funding sponsorship from the home department and related departments and programs.

Individuals or groups requesting Center funds are encouraged to consult with the Business Office in the College of Arts & Sciences about their spending plan prior to submission of their proposal. Great care must be taken to insure that expenditures are made consistent with University policies & procedures.


To Apply

Please submit an electronic copy of your application to the Center Director. Applications should consist of the following:


  • The name and means of contact for the person submitting the proposal;
  • The name and credentials of the proposed speaker (including a brief curriculum vitae no longer than 3 pages), as well as a title for the presentation;
  • The targeted audience, including the number of students involved (students required to attend and students encouraged to attend) as well as the course names and numbers;
  • A statement about the value of the programming to the course content and to the larger humanities community;
  • A budget, including the amount requested from the Center for the Humanities, the amount requested from other sources (please list them), and the total amount budgeted for the event. (You must identify the specific purpose to which Center funds will be dedicated, i.e., transportation, lodging, reception, honorarium.)

Additionally, please mail or hand-deliver a hard copy of your application to:

Additionally, please mail or hand-deliver a hard copy of your application to:

University of Rhode Island, Center for the Humanities
Swan Hall, 175G
Kingston, RI 02881
For additional questions, email the Director at



Important Dates

Visiting scholar applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. Please submit all visiting scholar applications a minimum of six weeks prior to the event. The executive committee will notify award recipients in as timely a manner as possible.


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