Funding Opportunities

Full-time Dartmouth faculty may apply for funding to support individual research or academic conferences and events. Funding opportunities include faculty fellowships.

Humanities Labs Course Development Grants

The Leslie Center for the Humanities and the Arts invites applications for course development stipends for Humanities Labs. Successful applicants receive a $5,000 grant.

Many Humanities faculty have already imported to the humanistic disciplines the observation, hands-on experimentation, and skill-building perspectives that the general public tends to associate with the natural sciences laboratory approach. Through the Humanities Labs program, we now seek to popularize these rewarding practices more broadly across our disciplines, and to draw attention to their use. Humanities Labs encourage us to move beyond the classroom and embrace the world as an ideal learning space. Museums and archives expand that learning space and offer new experiences, while our community or region can become a “classroom without walls.”

The lab definition is flexible enough to incorporate a variety of contexts and approaches. Labs must move beyond the traditional classroom experience typically associated with the humanities to involve some combination of experimentation, observation, hands-on learning, creating new knowledge, public dissemination of that knowledge, and creative production.
Labs are sometimes divided into the following groups:
1) Object-centered: e.g. learning enriched by Museum collections
2) Archive-based: e.g. guided research in the Library’s special collections
3) Service Learning: e.g. teaching Philosophy/Arts to children
4) Fieldwork: e.g. on-site History of Native Americans in Maine/N.E.
5) Arts-Centric: e.g. mounting a production in faculty-directed plays, performing in faculty-conducted concerts, or curating a faculty-initiated exhibition

Proposals are invited from all departments and programs in the Humanities, and other humanistic disciplines broadly defined. Courses must be taught in the 2018-19 academic year.

Applicants should submit a proposal that includes:
• your name and departmental/programmatic affiliation
• proposed title and level of the course
• a description of what makes the course a lab
• (if the course is not completely new) a detailed description of how substantively it will be changed
• the term in 2018-19 in which the course will be offered
• goals and objectives of the course
• a preliminary list of works or texts
• a list of outside contacts or potential fieldtrips, if appropriate
• a statement of support from the Museum, Library, or other body, if appropriate

The deadline for application is May 30, 2017. Decisions will be made by June 15, 2017. Applications will be reviewed and voted on by the Center’s Advisory Committee. Please email applications, and any questions, to Pat McGuinn.

Faculty Fellowships

The Leslie Center awards fellowships of up to $5,000 to full- or part-time faculty of any rank to support distinguished research or creative projects with a significant humanities component. Colleagues serving on the Leslie Center Advisory Committee will not be eligible for these awards, and preference may be given to faculty members who have not received funding from college sources during the past three years.

The nature and area of research are not stipulated in advance, but applicants are asked to indicate clearly both the significance and practicality of the projects for which they seek support, and to explain how their work will be advanced by an award.

Awards could be applied to research travel, but will generally not be awarded for computer or other major hardware purchases. The Center reserves the right not to make awards if applications appear not to warrant them. Funds must be used during the fiscal year for which they are granted. Funding not used during this period will revert to the Center budget.

Submitting an application for cosponsorship involves two steps:

  1. Complete and submit an application form online.
  2. Email [email protected] with a proposal that includes
    • a narrative description outlining the nature and significance of the proposed research (no more than two pages);
    • a draft budget;
    • and a cv.

Co-Sponsorships

The Leslie Center accepts applications to co-sponsor events. Co-sponsorship seldom exceeds $2,500, and normally remains below $500. Proposals for large-scale co-sponsorship of events or institutes will be dealt with under the rules governing Projects. Administrative support will not be provided for co-sponsored events. Recipients are required to acknowledge the support of the Leslie Center for the Humanities in any publicity.

Requests up to $750 may be submitted at any time; requests above $750 should be submitted in sync with our funding deadlines (February 1, May 1, November 1 each year).

Submitting an application for co-sponsorship involves two steps:

  1. Complete and submit an application form online.
  2. Email [email protected] with a full description of the event and a draft budget.

Project Grants

Full-time members of the Dartmouth faculty may apply for cosponsorship funding for humanities and interdisciplinary projects. The Leslie Center Advisory Committee considers proposals with budgets ranging from several thousand dollars up to $15,000 unless very unusual circumstances warrant a larger award. Administrative support (e.g. arranging travel, lodging and venues) is not provided for approved grants. Recipients are required to acknowledge the support of the Leslie Center for the Humanities in any publicity.

Submitting an application for cosponsorship involves two steps:

  1. Complete and submit an application form online.
  2. Email [email protected] with a proposal that includes each of the following elements:
    • a two-page statement of rationales and objectives;
    • a budget;
    • a schedule of planned activities and proposed speakers/participants; and
    • the names of at least some of the faculty members who would take part in the project.

Applications are reviewed three times a year — November, February, and May. For consideration in a given month’s funding review, please submit a complete application by the first of that month. Funding not used during this fiscal year of the project’s realization reverts to the Center’s budget.

Preference is generally given to applicants who have not recently received substantial Leslie Center funding and/or have not already received Center funding for similar projects. The Advisory Committee screens all proposals and may offer comments or suggest revisions to some proposals that it regards as potentially viable.