Faculty Research Grants

Every year, the Mandel Center for the Humanities awards several Mandel Faculty Research Grants in the Humanities. Each of these $10,000 grants, which are supported by a generous gift from the Mandel Foundation, supports a member of the Brandeis faculty working in the humanities or humanistic social sciences.

The MCH Steering Committee oversees the grant competition, which is open to proposals as diverse as the humanities themselves: ranging from collaborative projects to individual archival research, from seed money to develop new classes or new ways of presenting research via the internet. The deliberately capacious purpose of the Mandel Faculty Grants is to support “the humanities in the world,” a broad invitation to Brandeis scholars to think creatively about how their own humanistic inquiries can shape, inform, and improve everyday life and experiences in the world today.

Recipients are expected to use their funds in the semesters and summer immediately following, and then present a talk about their projects to the MCH Faculty Lunch Symposium during the ensuing academic year.

Call for Proposals: 2020-2021 Mandel Faculty Grants in the Humanities

The Mandel Center for the Humanities is pleased to announce that we will once again be accepting applications for four Mandel Faculty Grants in the Humanities, made possible by a generous gift from the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Foundation. 

Each of these grants of up to $10,000 (with a minimum request of $5,000) will support a member of the Brandeis faculty in the humanities, humanistic social sciences, or creative arts.* Priority will be given to projects firmly located in the humanities (broadly defined).

(*Faculty in tenured, tenure-track or renewable positions of at least half-time status in arts and sciences are eligible. Temporary appointments, visiting faculty and union-eligible faculty are not eligible. )

The grant competition, which will be overseen by the MCH Steering Committee, is open to the following kinds of proposals:

Recipients are expected to use their funds during the 2020 spring term through the summer of 2020, and then present a talk about their projects to the MCH Faculty Lunch Symposium during the 2020-2021 academic year.

To apply for a Mandel Faculty Grant, please send a proposal of no more than 1000 words, to Mangok Bol, mbol@brandeis.edu, by December 6, 2019. The proposal should outline your project, including its methodology and contribution to its field, identify your research needs, such as travel, equipment, or research assistance, and provide a budget itemized accordingly.

The 2019-20 MCH Steering Committee:

Ramie Targoff, Chair (English)

Yu-Hui Chang (Music)

Paul Jankowski (History)

Carina Ray (AAAS)

Nancy Scott (Fine Arts)

Pu Wang (GRAAL)


Award Recipients