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 Lab Course Development Grants

The application period for 2019-20 Humanities Lab funding has closed.  Humanities Lab funding applications for 2020-21 are due January 3, 2020.

The Leslie Center for the Humanities invites applications for course development stipends for Humanities Labs. Successful applicants may receive up to $5,000 for approved course-related expenses. 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;
  • Social impact projects: e.g. teaching philosophy or 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, position, and department/program affiliation;
  • Proposed title and level of the course;
  • Term in 2020-21 in which the course will be offered;
  • Anticipated enrollment;
  • Detailed course description that includes the following:
    • Course summary;
    • Description of what makes the course a lab;
    • Goals and objectives of the course;
    • Preliminary list of works or texts;
    • Activity such as lectures or presentations by faculty other than yourself;
    • Field trips or other activity outside of the classroom;
    • The current ORC course description if this will be a modification of an existing course.
  • Written agreement or statement of support from any external organization involved in the Humanities Lab aspects of the course (e.g. museum, library, school, etc.);
  • Detailed budget;
  • List of activity related to the course that will require administrative support.

The deadline for submitting proposals for 2020-21 Humanities Lab grants is January 3, 2020. Proposals will be reviewed and voted on by the Center's Advisory Committee in the January 2020 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.


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.