University of Virginia, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Buckner W. Clay Endowment for the Humanities: 2021-22

DEADLINE EXTENDED:  MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2021

The Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures (IHGC) invites proposals for funding from the Buckner W. Clay Endowment to support innovative work in the global humanities at the University of Virginia. The Endowment is a major source of support for faculty and graduate students to conduct research under the auspices of the IHGC. Faculty and students from across all disciplines of the humanities and interpretive social sciences are welcome and encouraged to apply. Details of the categories for proposals are listed below. The deadline for submissions has been extended to:  Monday, March 15, 2021.

** COVID-19 NOTE: Exceptionally in this round, grants may not be used for travel, in-person events or visitors; we will launch a separate call if/when these activities become possible.

 

I. Grants for Humanities Research on Race, Justice, Equity

Eligibility: All full-time UVA faculty (tenure-track and general faculty) in arts, humanities, and interpretive social sciences fields are eligible. Preference will be given to faculty in continuing positions in the College for whom research is a key expectation of their position.

These grants support individual and collaborative research projects related to questions of race, justice, equity, and/or inequality, broadly conceived. All proposals must include at least one public event for the UVA and/or Charlottesville community (presentation, conference, workshop, exhibition, virtual visitor, etc) and describe the publication expected to result. Awards generally range from $2,000-$10,000. Grants may not be used for manuscript preparation (such as editing, indexing, subventions, image rights, etc).

II. Grants for Emerging Issues in the Global Humanities

Eligibility: All full-time UVA faculty (tenure-track and general faculty) in arts, humanities, and interpretive social sciences fields are eligible. Preference will be given to faculty in continuing positions in the College for whom research is a key expectation of their position.

These grants support a variety of initiatives on vital and emerging issues in the global humanities. Proposals can request funding for basic research as well as public events for the UVA and/or Charlottesville community (presentation, conference, workshop, exhibition, virtual visitor, etc.). Applications must describe the publication expected to result. Awards generally range from $2,000-$10,000. Grants may not be used for manuscript preparation (such as editing, indexing, subventions, image rights, etc).

III. Faculty Research Networks

Eligibility: All full-time, regular UVA faculty (tenure-track and general faculty) in arts, humanities, and interpretive social science fields are eligible. Preference will be given to faculty in continuing positions in the College for whom research is a key expectation of their position.

These grants support interdisciplinary research networks, led by two or more faculty members from different disciplines. Proposals should include a research plan, a list of activities to be undertaken, and expected publications. Up to two networks will be funded in this round. Awards up to $7,000 for each network.

IV. Research Grants for Doctoral Students

Eligibility: PhD graduate students in arts, humanities, and interpretive social science fields who have completed all exams and have ABD status in hand at the time of application. They should also have their IRB approval, if their project necessitates it (see below), prior to applying.

These grants support PhD graduate students at the dissertation stage whose research contributes to global humanities. Grants will be awarded to students only for the purpose of undertaking research and writing that does not require travel and may be used for summer living expenses, ordering research material, buying necessary books, etc. Awards up to $3,500.

 

Application Components

 

Proposal: In the header on the first page (no cover sheets), please include the name and e-mail address of the primary applicant, as well as the category of grant (I – IV) for which the application is being submitted. The proposal should address, in no more than two single-spaced pages, the following:

  1. The intellectual focus of the grant or initiative, including its contributions to department culture and curricula, interdisciplinary scholarship, advanced research in the global humanities, and the life of the humanities more generally;
  2. Its organizational format (e.g., a two-day workshop involving Departments X and Y; a research trip to library Z in Guatemala; a course that requires teleconferencing resources), including, where relevant, names of key participants and those administratively responsible for its execution;
  3. Where appropriate, the planned dates of events;
  4. Names and affiliations of any investigators, collaborators, and virtual visitors associated with the proposal;
  5. Anticipated expenses, in the form of a budget with cost estimates of each line item. Please work with your department’s fiscal administrator on your budget. Please note the award range/limit for each category. The award will not cover book subventions or other costs associated with manuscript preparation, or research assistants. If the amount requested from the Clay Endowment is less than the total project budget, please indicate how the remaining expenses will be covered and/or any additional awards received in support of the project.

Letter of Recommendation: All proposals submitted by PhD graduate students must include a letter of support from a faculty member of the department relevant to the proposal topic. Please have letters sent to Anne Gilliam, IHGC Program Manager, at humanities@virginia.edu.

Institutional Review Board Approval: Many research projects require approval by one of the University’s Institutional Review Boards. Please make sure your project has IRB approval before applying for this grant. For more information on the IRB, we encourage applicants whose project may be using human subjects to review the IRB website carefully to determine if you will require IRB approval for your project:  http://www.virginia.edu/vpr/irb/.

Additional Notes: All students involved in the project must be current students (i.e., not graduates) in good standing throughout the project's duration. All endowment funds awardees will be fellows at the IHGC and, as such, will be expected to deliver a short report regarding project accomplishments, in the semester following the completion of the fund-supported project.

Applicants who have received funds during one academic year may not apply the following academic year.

All proposals must be received by Monday, March 15, 2021. The Selection Committee will make its decisions soon thereafter. Funds will be available starting with the University’s new fiscal year, July 1, 2021.  Successful proposals should use their funds within the fiscal year for which they are given, i.e. any time from July 1, 2021 to June 15, 2022.

Applicants must submit the proposal as a single PDF document named as follows: [LAST NAME OF PRIMARY APPLICANT].CLAY.[GRANT CATEGORY], for example JONES.CLAY.III. Proposals should be submitted to humanities@virginia.edu.

Questions: If you have any questions about submitting an application, please contact Anne Gilliam, IHGC Program Manager at alg2u@virginia.edu. Academic queries should be directed to Professor Bruce Holsinger, IHGC Interim Director, at bh9n@virginia.edu.