Call for Proposals

Support from the A.W. Mellon Foundation allows the Center for the Humanities to support 3-5 new interdisciplinary workshops in the humanities each year.

Mellon Workshop applications for the 2015-2016 academic year are due on March 6, 2015.  For inquiries and more information, please email


Proposal Guidelines: Workshop proposals should be developed by a group of at least four individuals. One or more members of this group must be a student (graduate or undergraduate) and no more than two members can be from the same department. Proposals should specify the intended theme of the workshop, describe the target audience, and indicate whether outside speakers (if any) will be involved. Preference will be given to groups that are not already organized programs on campus. Workshops funded in the current year may reapply.

Each of the workshops selected for funding receives a budget of $5,000. These funds can be used to purchase materials, pay honoraria, cover travel costs for outside speakers, establish a website, promote workshop activities, and cover other related expenses. Workshops are strongly encouraged to supplement the Center's funding with other sources of support.

Proposals should be in the form of a brief narrative outlining the theme of the project and providing information on the group leadership. Proposals can be no longer than three single-spaced pages, and one electronic copy should be submitted to Some of the general criteria used in selecting workshops for funding include:

1. Breadth of interdisciplinary interest

2. Signs of active graduate student and faculty involvement in the planning process

3. Creativity of new research or intellectual plans for the workshop; demonstration of what new knowledge or new kinds of exchange will be made possible by the group

4. Feasibility

Submit proposals as a single email attachment sent to:

Marrion Ladd
The Center for the Humanities

Applications are due no later than March 6, 2015.