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Academic Programming Grants

Call for Academic Program Grants

Funds are available to faculty, staff, lecturers, undergraduate and graduate students in English and Comparative Literature for conferences, reading groups, speakers, performances, seminars, workshops, and other initiatives.

DEADLINES: For best consideration for Fall 2021 events, apply by 16 August 2021. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with a deadline for the spring application cycle of 20 January 2022.

The completed application form should include a 250-word description of the project and its target audience, a list of the participants with affiliations, an itemized budget that explains how the money will be spent, and plans for co-sponsorships inside and outside the department. If you need assistance as you develop your budget, contact Karen Nelson (knelson@umd.edu). Cross-departmental proposals MUST have an English Department sponsor.

Special consideration will be given to proposals that engage with the Center’s 2021-2022 topic, “Antiracism: Communities + Collaborations.”

Funding and Logistics: For complete details, see CLCS protocols 2021-22, here.
Grants do not support individual research projects, travel costs (department travel policies for graduate students are here) or equipment purchases. They cannot be used to hire research assistants. Current campus local hosting regulations are here; departmental policies as of May 2021 are here.

Eligibility: This call is open to undergraduate English majors, graduate students, lecturers, PTK and TTK faculty, and staff of the English department for public events. Grants do not cover individual research projects or travel and cannot be used to hire research assistants.

Goals:  These grants are designed to facilitate activities that

  • foster the advancement of multidisciplinary and collaborative scholarship in the humanities;
  • encourage scholars and students to think beyond their immediate periods and areas of expertise;
  • offer opportunities for exchanges among students, alumni, lecturers, faculty, staff, and members of the general public;
  • spur new ideas, daring scholarship, and creative activities
  • consolidate and extend the global perspective on teaching and scholarship characteristic of the English Department.

Questions? Contact Tita Chico (tchico@umd.edu) or Karen Nelson (knelson@umd.edu).