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Buckner W. Clay Endowment for the Humanities: 2017-18

Jan 30, 2017

The deadline for application submission was Monday, March 6, 2017. This form is now closed. Please contact Anne Gilliam, at IHGC, if you have questions.

The Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures (IHGC) invites proposals for funding from the Buckner W. Clay Endowment to support innovative work in the global humanities at the University of Virginia. The Endowment provides an ambitious basis of support for faculty and graduate student research and teaching to be conducted under the auspices of the IHGC. Faculty and students from across all schools and disciplines at the university are welcome and encouraged to apply. Details of the categories for proposals are listed below. The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 6, 2017.

I. Grants for Emerging Issues in Global Humanities: Awarded to support a variety of initiatives on vital and emerging issues in the global humanities. These include: student-faculty collaborations; events that engage the general public; short courses (faculty-taught only); conferences on emergent issues; and residencies by scholars and scholar-artists aimed at enriching the environment at the University. Awards range from $2,000- $20,000, though the committee may consider larger awards for exceptionally promising proposals.

II. Graduate Research Networks: Awarded to interdisciplinary graduate research groups; to be led by at least two graduate students from different disciplines; group size to be limited to 15 students; proposals should include a research plan and a list of activities to be undertaken. Two networks will be funded in this round. Awards up to $5,000 for each network.

III. Summer Research Grants for Doctoral Students: Grants for summer support to graduate students at the dissertation stage whose research contributes to the global humanities, whether on-grounds, nationally, or abroad. Students applying must have completed all exams. Students applying for this award must have ABD status. Awards up to $3,500.

IV. Global Initiatives in the Public Humanities:
Grants for public projects, including workshops, institutional partnerships, media presentations, and K-12 educational initiatives, that look to bring the global humanities into the wider community, locally, regionally or nationally. Awards up to $5,000. 

Application Components

Proposal: In the header on the first page (no cover sheets), please include the name and e-mail address of the primary applicant, as well as the category of grant (I - IV) for which the application is being submitted. The proposal should, in no more than two single-spaced pages, address the following:

  1. the intellectual focus of the initiative, including its contributions to department culture and curricula, interdisciplinary scholarship, advanced research in the global humanities, and the life of the humanities more generally;
  2. its organizational format (e.g., a two-day workshop involving Departments X and Y; a research trip to library Z in Guatemala; a course that requires teleconferencing resources) including, where relevant, names of key participants and those administratively responsible for its execution;
  3. where appropriate, the planned dates of travel or events, as well as venue; 

  4. names and affiliations of any investigators, collaborators, and visitors associated with the proposal; and 

  5. anticipated expenses, in the form of a budget with cost estimates of each line item. Please work with your department’s fiscal administrator on your budget. If appropriate, departments or programs may hire graduate students to help administer the initiative at $15/hour. Please note the award range/limit for each category. If the amount requested from the Clay Endowment is less than the total project budget, please indicate how the remaining expenses will be covered and/or any additional awards received in support of the project.

Letter of Recommendation: All proposals submitted by graduate or undergraduate students must include a letter of support from a faculty member of the department relevant to the proposal topic. The student may send the faculty member this link:, for letter submission.

Student Projects Abroad Travel Form: Students proposing to travel internationally as part of their proposed research need to apply to the International Studies Office as well and complete the appropriate Student Projects Abroad Travel Form. Please be prepared to submit that form to the ISO upon receiving notification of Clay Endowment support (and before funds are dispensed). Graduate students need to read through this page and then complete a “Hoos Abroad” application (click on the link, nine lines down, on that page; it will take you here) and read / be aware of the Provost policy on student international travel. Undergraduate students should start the “Student Projects Abroad” application (will include assessment of workplan for safety and feasibility) at the time of Clay Endowment proposal submission.

Institutional Review Board Approval: Many research projects require approval by one of the University’s Institutional Review Boards. If your project is selected for funding, you will be informed whether or not your project requires IRB approval. For more information on the IRB, we encourage applicants to watch the presentation:

Additional Notes: All students involved in the project must be current students (i.e., not graduates) in good standing throughout the project’s duration. All endowment fund awardees will be fellows at the IHGC and, as such, will be expected to deliver a short presentation, regarding project accomplishments, in the semester following the completion of the fund-supported project.

All proposals must be received by Monday March 6, 2017. The Selection Committee will make its decisions soon thereafter.

Successful proposals will ideally use their funds any time from the summer of 2017 to June 2018.

Questions: If you have questions about submitting an application, please contact Mieke Zylstra ( Academic queries should be directed to Professor Debjani Ganguly (


Applicants must submit the proposal as a single PDF document named as follows: [LAST NAME OF PRIMARY APPLICANT].CLAY.[GRANT CATEGORY], for example JONES.CLAY.III. Proposals should be submitted via the two fields (below).