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Research Support

The Humanities Center connects faculty and graduate students to career-enriching fellowship opportunities, workshops, info sessions and other supports offered in-house, throughout campus, and beyond. Explore this list of resources to inspire and assist your research.

Research Development

Sarah Workman, smiling.

Sarah Workman, Assistant Director, Research Development for Humanities

Jointly appointed to the Office of Research and the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Workman supports humanities faculty from across the University to identify funding, assist with writing grants and proposals, and help coordinate nominations for honorary awards.


On-Campus Support

  • The Syracuse University Humanities Center offers four Faculty Fellowships each year (3 for A&S faculty; 1 for Maxwell faculty) encouraging humanities research
  • Lender Center Fellowships support a two-year research agenda to critically and creatively explore contemporary social issues, develop innovative approaches to these problems, and implement useful and sustainable initiatives
  • SU Libraries Special Collections Resource Center Faculty Fellowships support innovative curriculum development and ideas for transforming the role of special collections in university instruction
  • Syracuse University Art Museum and Renée Crown University Honors Program offers a Faculty Fellows Program; check their Opportunities page each spring for updates
  • Engaged Humanities Initiative supports collaborative research through a summer fellowship program that pairs faculty, graduate, and undergraduate researchers with humanities partners in community museums, cultural centers, historical societies, research centers, etc.

  • Syracuse University Humanities Center funding opportunities:
    • Apply for funds to host renowned humanities scholars in residence via our Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities and the Corridor’s Distinguished Visiting Collaborator opportunity
    • Apply for funds to support public-facing humanities lectures, performances and workshops via Syracuse Symposium: calls for proposals typically launch in November, with an early March deadline
    • Modest support is available for humanities programming, workshops, book talks, and more via our rolling co-sponsorship funds: apply on our Forms page
    • Central New York Humanities Corridor, an 11-institution regional research consortium housed at the Syracuse University Humanities Center, reviews funding proposals twice annually (fall and spring) for faculty-driven collaborative activities
  • CUSE Grant Program (faculty only) at the Office of Research offers seed funding for faculty to build interdisciplinary teams, preliminary data, and/or to seek extramural funding to advance a research project
  • The College of Arts and Sciences’ Humanities Council solicits proposals for annual Ray Smith Symposium funding (open to Arts and Sciences and Maxwell faculty only)

Many schools and colleges offer internal research funding and have staff on hand to support research development activities.

  • In The College of Arts and Sciences...
    • The Manuscript Development Workshop enables full-time, tenure-track or tenured members of the Syracuse University College of Arts & Sciences who are close to completing a book-length manuscript to benefit from a virtual discussion of the project by three senior, external scholars in their field. The visiting scholars, selected by the Syracuse University faculty member, receive an honorarium of $1000 in return for a commitment to read and comment on the manuscript. Piloted in 2020-21 with generous support from the Humanities Center, the program is anticipated to continue in Spring 2021.
    • Book Subvention: CAS provides modest subvention towards almost all upcoming books Generally, the subvention funds indexing and rights acquisition. Standard subventions range up to $1,500. Because funds are limited, faculty are encouraged to use their research bourses. Please email Alan Middleton, Associate Dean of Research and Scholarship with information regarding the components of subvention (e.g., actual quotes for services such as indexing can help justify the amount).
    • Contact Sarah Workman, Assistant Director, Research Development (Humanities)
  • In the Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics...
    • Tenure-Track Assistant Professors are eligible to apply for Seed Grants. In collaboration with the Dean’s Office, the Research Center awards seed grants to tenure-track assistant professors annually. These are competitive, peer reviewed and intended to assist tenure-track junior faculty with completing preparatory work for research projects that have a high likelihood to secure external funding.
    • Contact Amy Dumas, Director, Falk Research Center
  • In The School of Information Studies...
  • In The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs...
    • The Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) offers $500 - $2000 PARCC Mini-Grants to faculty of all ranks across the University to support research activities in PARCC's areas of focus: International and Interstate Conflicts, Environmental Collaboration, Collaborative Governance, and Advocacy and Activism. The awards selection is based on potential contribution to scholarship, possibility of future funding, consistency with the goals of PARCC, and cost-effectiveness.
    • Launched in 2014, the Tenth Decade Project is a ten-year initiative that aims to focus attention on and celebrate the centennial of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in 2024. Grant funding associated with the Tenth Decade Project operationalizes a defined goal of the Maxwell Academic Strategic Plan to “promote research involving faculty on innovative, high impact projects, applying social science methods and data analysis to address grand, global challenges such as democracy and civic engagement, inequality, urban poverty and development, governance and security, environmental change, and health policy.” Call for Proposals
    • The Appleby-Mosher Fund for Faculty Research provides grants of up to $1500 to tenure-track and tenured faculty for research-related expenses such as project initiation (particularly acquisition of materials including data sets), travel to perform research, and conference travel. Call for Proposals
    • Each spring, the Dean’s Office solicits applications for the Summer Project Assistantship Program from Maxwell faculty members for funds to support a graduate assistant for the purpose of developing a research proposal during the following summer session. Successful faculty applicants will receive funding for the graduate assistant of their choice, must provide a progress report describing work accomplished, and should subsequently submit a related proposal to an external funder. Call for Proposals
    • Contact Jill Ferguson, Director of Research Development, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
  • In The Newhouse School of Public Communications...
    • The Internal Grant Program offers a catalyst grant, external resubmission grant and bridge grants to faculty at funding levels between $500-$4000, depending on the grant type and faculty rank. Grants are open to tenure track and tenured faculty as well as professors of practice and Ph.D. students in Newhouse.
    • Contact Kristen Northrop, Assistant Director, Research and Creative Activity, Newhouse School of Public Communications
  • In the College of Visual and Performing Arts...
    • Research and Creative Grants are intended to facilitate the growth of research and creative work in the College of Visual and Performing Arts that might attract external funding. All tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure-track faculty who are full time in VPA are encouraged to apply for small scale grants between $1000 - $5000. In previous years, the Request for Proposals opens in early fall with a deadline of early October.
    • Contact Elisa Macedo Dekaney, Associate Dean of Research, Graduate Studies & Internationalization
  • Undergraduates can reach out to Melissa Welshans, Assistant Director, Center for Fellowship and Scholarship Advising (CFSA).
  • Graduate students can reach out to Dan Olson-Bang, Director, Professional and Career Development, Office of Graduate Professional and Career Development.

The Office of Proposal Support Services in the Office of Research can assist faculty with funding opportunity searches or proposal development support. Fill out the online inquiry form to request a consultation.

Graduate Student Support

Humanities Graduate Student Fellowships, Mentoring, and Career Diversity

  • National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity provides individuals from Syracuse University (as a member institution) with a free personal account to access its full range of services and resource library
  • Imagine PhD is a free career exploration and planning tool for Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences
  • Beyond the Professoriate helps grad students and Ph.D.s translate their education into meaningful careers in academia or beyond, offering 1:1 coaching, support for grant and fellowship applications, and consultations for writing resumes and academic job market documents

External Support

External Humanities Funding, Collaboration, and Advocacy

  • National Humanities Alliance advocates for the humanities on campuses, in communities, and on Capitol Hill
  • 4Humanities focuses on the international digital humanities community
  • Federation of State Humanities Councils provides leadership, advocacy, and a national conference for its member organizations across the states
  • Humanities New York supports use of the humanities in programs and activities that address social and cultural concerns across the state
  • Humanities for All showcases thousands of examples of publicly engaged humanities work at colleges and universities across the United States
  • Humanities Indicators provides tools and information for researchers and policymakers addressing concerns in various fields
  • MLA Commons provides open access scholarship and teaching materials

Public Humanities