Propose a Borghesi-Mellon Workshop

Support from Nancy and David Borghesi and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation allows the Center for the Humanities to support 3-5 new interdisciplinary workshops in the humanities each year.

Each of the workshops selected for funding receives a budget of up to $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. Preference will be given to groups that are not already organized programs on campus. Workshops funded in the current year may reapply.

Applications for 2024-25 academic year workshops are due Tuesday, April 8, 2025.

For more information about workshop events or the application process, contact Megan Massino.

Proposal Guidelines:

Workshop proposals should be in the form of a brief narrative outlining the theme of the project and providing information on the group leadership. 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 organizing members can be from the same department. The narrative should specify the intended theme of the workshop, describe the target audience, and indicate what research and intellectual activities will be involved. Proposals should be for ongoing research groups; requests to fund one major event or conference will not be considered. Preference will be given to groups that are not already organized programs on campus. Workshops funded in the current year may reapply.

Some of the general criteria used in selecting workshops for funding include:

  1. Breadth of interdisciplinary interest
  2. Signs of active student (graduate or undergraduate) 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

Proposals can be no longer than three single-spaced pages. Submit proposals as a single PDF attachment via email to by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, April 8, 2025.

Questions should be directed to Megan Massino.