In Partnership with Mandel Center for the Humanities
The Mandel Center for the Humanities, in collaboration with the Samuels Center for Community Partnerships and Civic Transformation (COMPACT), welcomes applications for Public Humanities/ Community Engagement Grants from Brandeis faculty working on experimental and/or publicly engaged projects in the humanities, the arts and the humanistic social sciences.
These include projects that have audiences beyond the academy, projects in the experimental or digital humanities, applied humanities work, and/or collaborative projects that create and sustain mutually beneficial partnerships with community organizations, museums, libraries or other cultural spaces or media. Applicants are encouraged to browse the website Humanities for All for examples of successful public humanities projects, as well as to attend this year's Public Scholarship at Brandeis Symposium, which will feature last year's grant winners and take place at 2:20 p.m. Feb. 10, 2023.
This year, grants will be awarded in the range of $5,000-$10,000 for expenses or as a one-time stipend payment (note: stipend payments are taxed at the salary tax rate), or a combination of the above. A supplemental award of $1,000, funded by COMPACT, is available to faculty who wish to explore opportunities for deepening the community-engaged aspects of their research, including (but not limited to) developing a partnership with a community-based organization or adding a community-engaged component to their project design. Funds must be used by June 30, 2024, or an extension must be requested at that time.
Grant winners will be invited to present their project at a public scholarship symposium to take place in 2023-24 as well as provide a brief write-up and photographs for the MCH website. All full-time Brandeis faculty (tenure-line and OTS) are eligible. Faculty also applying to the Faculty Research Grant must have a different project for this grant.
To apply, please submit a description of no more than 750 words that includes the goals and approach of the project, description of any work already done on the project, implementation plans, names of potential or already existing collaborators and a discussion of the target audiences and the desired impact of the project. Include a budget for any projected research expenses. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2023.
The Mandel Center for the Humanities is pleased to inaugurate Dissertation Innovation Grants of $2,000-$4,000 to support innovative dissertation work by current Brandeis PhD students at any stage in their degree program. The grant supports students interested in or currently pursuing non-traditional dissertation research, meaning work that is practical, collaborative and/or community-engaged, as well as work that might be published in other forms besides the traditional, proto-monograph dissertation.
The grant will fund projects that have audiences beyond the academy, projects in the experimental or digital humanities, applied humanities work, work that experiments with different voices, and/or collaborative projects that create and sustain mutually beneficial partnerships with community organizations, museums, libraries or other cultural spaces or media. A supplemental award of $1,000, funded by COMPACT, is available to students who wish to explore opportunities for deepening the community engaged aspects of their research, including (but not limited to) developing a partnership with a community-based organization or adding a community-engaged component to their project design.
Students interested in this grant are encouraged to attend the MCH Public Scholarship Symposium at 2:20 p.m. Feb. 10, 2023, where we will be showcasing examples of successful public scholarship projects at Brandeis. We especially encourage applications from students early in their degree program who are considering applying for the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowships and who can use this grant to develop a project that can be used to apply to the Mellon/ ACLS grant next year.
Grant winners will be asked to present their work at an event on new directions for the dissertation sometime in 2023-24. To apply, please submit a short project description (500 words) that describes the research topic and how the work engages with community organizations or is otherwise innovative. Also describe your plans for a non-traditional dissertation and if you're planning on applying to the Mellon/ACLS Fellowship next year.
You will also be asked to detail how you plan to use the funds and how this project is relevant to your post-graduation professional goals. Please also include a detailed budget, including dates for the usage of funds. All funds must be used by June 30, 2024, or an extension must be filed by that date. Deadline for applications is March 1, 2023.