Funding

Humanities Faculty Research Grant

Grants up to $1,000 are available to assist tenure-track faculty and ad hoc continuing lecturers in the humanities who will incur specific research costs associated with travel to archives, the purchase of technology, payment for translations, and obtaining documents for study. Attendance at scholarly conferences is not an eligible cost.

Humanities Subvention Grant

Grants up to $1,000 per faculty member per project are available to assist tenure-track faculty and ad hoc continuing lecturers in the humanities working with a scholarly press or exhibitor that requires the author to share in the cost of publication or exhibition. Assistance from subvention grants can include such costs as indexing permissions or reproducing photographs for books or peer-reviewed journal articles, and expenses related to exhibiting artwork.

Humanities Graduate Research Grant

Grants up to $1,000 are available to graduate students in the humanities working toward the completion of a master’s thesis, doctoral dissertations, or other major projects or research initiatives. All applicants must be enrolled for thesis or dissertation credits at the time of the grant award and must be making steady progress toward completion of the thesis or dissertation.

Grants may be used to cover specific research costs associated with travel to archives, the purchases of technology, payment for translations, or obtaining documents for study. Attendance at scholarly conferences is not an eligible cost. Applications that request funding for subvention costs related to larger projects outside the master thesis and dissertation will be considered. 

“The Winnie”

“The Winnie” is a grant of up to $3,000 awarded annually to an outstanding collaborative research or teaching project in the humanities. Tenure-track faculty, ad hoc continuing lecturers, and graduate students are eligible to apply, but any project should include at least one faculty member in the humanities. Expenses could include research travel; summer re-contracting (for faculty only); or costs associated with materials or technology, using a digital archive or staging an exhibition.

Visiting Scholar Grant

The URI Center for the Humanities offers funding support for scholarly humanities speakers to visit our campus. The Center limits funding to free and public events. Preference for funding is given to those events involving students in one or more classes. Funding for each event is limited to amounts up to $500. Applicants who have previously received funding from the Center who have not yet submitted a funding report are not eligible to apply.

*Under compelling circumstances, the board will consider applications for research that has been conducted before the upcoming grant deadline and after the previous grant deadline.

Additional Funding

The Office of Research Development offers a list of additional internal funding opportunities on its website. Also, consider the National Endowment for Humanities, the Rhode Island Council on the Humanities, and the New England Humanities Consortium. 

For additional information on securing funding, check out some advice from Katie McGwin of the URI Foundation and Alumni Engagement or the Grant Writing Insider Tips & Tricks compiled by current members of the Center for Humanities Board. 

Previous Grant Winners