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Academic Programming Grants

The campus closure and response to Covid-19 has required the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies to cancel or postpone nearly all our remaining events scheduled for spring 2020. Given these unforeseen circumstances, CLCS will suspend its Program Grants for the spring.

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. The goal of this call is 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.

The completed application form should include a 500-word description of the project and its target audience, a list of the participants with affiliations, and a budget that explains how the money will be spent and includes plans for co-sponsorships inside and outside the department. If you need assistance as you develop your budget, contact Karen Nelson ( Cross-departmental proposals MUST have an English Department sponsor. 

Special consideration will given to proposals that

  • Involve two or more events series categories
        African American/African Diaspora
        Caribbean and Postcolonial
        Comparative Literature
        Creative Writing
        Film Studies and Cultural Studies
        Language, Writing, and Rhetoric
        Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
        Literary Theory
        Literature and Science
        Medieval and Renaissance
        Mythology and Folklore
        Post-1900 British and Irish
        Postmodern and Contemporary
        Restoration and 18th Century
        Textual and Digital Studies
        Transatlantic Studies
        Women's Literature and Feminist Theory
  • Are comparative and/or interdisciplinary

Examples include: $400 for the purchase of books for a reading group; $200 for a movie rental and licensing fees for a group discussion, or a sum to cover travel expenses and an honorarium for a speaker.

Applications may be made for grants up to $1,000. Small grants are encouraged. Please note: book groups are capped at $400. Applications also may be made for grants up to $2,000 to support large-scale events such as conferences on campus. If you plan to apply for a $2,000 grant, consult with one of the CLCS co-directors prior to submitting your application. Please note that proposals to host a professional organization conference on campus will require additional review by the CLCS Steering Committee.

Grants do not support individual research projects, travel costs, equipment purchases. They cannot be used to hire research assistants. 


This call is open to undergraduate English majors, graduate students, lecturers, 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. Projects must take place on campus.

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Applications for academic year 2019-2020 are due October 15, 2019.

Should funds remain available, the next submission cycle will carry a deadline of March 25, 2020, and will include proposals for legacy lecture series.

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

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Submit your application by submitting the text in boxes below

A complete proposal includes a 500-word description of the project, a list of the participants with affiliations, a budget that explains how the money wil be spent, plans for co-sponsorship, and a description of its target audience.

Describe and justify your project. In 500 words (or fewer), outline the scope of what you plan.
Itemized list of planned expenditures, such as stipends for off-campus speakers, travel, books or supplies, with projected amounts. The items you list here should correspond to the project description.
List organizers and/or speakers and their affiliations.
Ideally, activities sponsored by the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies and the Department of English are of interest to other constituencies within and outside of the University. A co-sponsor might help advertise this event, or provide some funding, or send a class. With whom do you plan to collaborate or to whom do you plan to publicize your event?
Who do you imagine attending this event? Are there particular courses that dovetail? Groups in the department or beyond to whom this program is of special interest? How do you plan to advertise?
If this event or series recurs, please indicate average or expected attendance.
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