Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Research Support

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Research Support is made possible by joint funding from the Office of the Vice President for Research and the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences through a competitive grant program.

Funding may be requested for up to $3,000 for individual grant proposals and up to $6,000 for collaborative proposals for expenses associated with a scholarly or research project. Calls for proposals are sent twice a year: Round I is typically sent in the Fall Semester and Round II is sent in the Spring Semester. For information about the current call, please contact


All full-time, regular Arts & Sciences faculty (tenured, tenure-track, and general faculty on multiyear appointments) in the Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences are eligible to apply for this support. Preference will be given to those who do not have access to other forms of research support through their departments, the Office of the Dean, the Office of the Vice President for Research, or other sources of funding. Preference will also be given to faculty in continuing positions in the College for whom research is a key expectation of their position. Applicants may not receive funding from this program more than once per academic year. Any questions concerning eligibility or suitability of proposals may be directed to the Associate Dean for the Social Sciences or the Associate Dean for the Arts and Humanities. Questions may also be directed to


This funding may be used to support:   

  1. Activities related to scholarly and research activities, including field research and visits to archives and special collections. 
  1. Preparation of novel databases for scholarly studies. 
  1. Preparation of primary scholarship or creative work for publication, exhibition, or performance (books, artworks, musical compositions, and performance); typically, these subventions depend on a contract with a publisher, a commission, or a contracted exhibition or venue.  
  1. Preparation of manuscripts for publication and associated costs, such as subvention fees and image rights.  
  1. Inviting collaborators related to a faculty member’s research to Grounds.  
  1. Support for joint funding for collaborative projects by two or more faculty members from different departments or programs.  
  1. Preliminary data collection, preparatory travel, etc., that will strengthen external grant proposals. 

 This funding may not be used to support: 

  1. Travel to scholarly conferences to give papers or participate in panels. 
  1. Grant writing, hiring a grant writer, indexing or editorial assistance, or research assistance, outside of the specific purposes listed above. 
  1. Summer wages for faculty. 

Responsibilities of the Recipient

Deadline for Spending Funds: The funding received must be spent by December 31 of the following academic year for Round I or by June 1 of the following academic year for Round II. Any unspent funds will be returned at that time. All AHSS funding recipients must submit a final report with their final accounting. If the recipient fails to submit this report, the recipient will be liable to repay the research support. Failure to submit a report will also affect eligibility for subsequent award cycles.