Funding Opportunities

Full-time and adjunct 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 application period for 2019-20 Humanities Lab funding has closed.  Humanities Lab funding applications for 2020-21 are due October 15, 2019.

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:

  • Object-centered: e.g. learning enriched by Museum collections;
  • Archive-based: e.g. guided research in the Library’s special collections;
  • Service Learning: e.g. teaching Philosophy/Arts to children;
  • Fieldwork: e.g. on-site History of Native Americans in Maine/N.E.; or
  • 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 2020-21 academic year.  The proposal should include the following:

  • 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 2020-21 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 appropriat; and
  •  a statement of support from the museum, library, or other body, if appropriate.

The deadline for submitting proposals for 2020-21 Humanities Lab grants is October 15, 2019.  Proposals will be reviewed and voted on by the Center’s Advisory Committee in the November meeting. Please email proposals, and any questions, to [email protected]

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.

The Leslie Center Advisory Committee meets once a month, excluding December, July and August.  Applications received by the first day of the month in which a meeting takes place will be considered at the meeting that month.  Applications received after the first of the month will be considered by the Committee in the next month in which a meeting takes place. 

To request a faculty fellowship, please send a proposal to [email protected].  The proposal should include the following:

  • 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.

The Leslie Center Advisory Committee meets once a month, excluding December, July and August.  Proposals recevied by the first of the month in which a meeting will take place will be considered at the meeting that month.  Proposals received after the first of the month will be reviewed by at the Advisory Committee meeting in the next month in which a meeting takes place.

Request co-sponsorship funding by email to [email protected].  Please provide a full description of the event and a draft budget that includes other funding sources.

Project Grants

Full-time members of the Dartmouth faculty may apply for co-sponsorship 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 and the cost of any needed administrative support should be included in the budget.  Recipients are required to acknowledge the support of the Leslie Center for the Humanities in any publicity.

Submit a proposal for co-sponsorship to [email protected].  The proposal should include  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.

The Leslie Center Advisory Committee meets once a month excluding December, July and August. For consideration in a given month’s funding review, please submit a complete application by the first of that month. Funding applications received after the first of the month will be reviewed the following month.  Funding not used during the 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.