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The Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme has recommitted the university to the specific importance of the humanities and the arts to understanding, representing, and addressing global concerns and pressing social issues and to creating a diverse, engaged research and learning community. In addition to the $2.5 million commitment in one-time cash to support grants and programming for a five-year period (2015-2020), the Global Arts + Humanities has increased the percentage of its permanent, annual rate funding of $2.5 million earmarked for the hiring of tenure-track faculty and development of programming to fund several of the following open grants competitions and fellowship opportunities.

Note: Due to the unique circumstances of COVID-19, some of the funding opportunities below are currently on hold, as indicated.


 

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Call for Undergraduate Research Fellowship Applicants

Deadline: August 1

Global Arts + Humanities’ Society of Undergraduate Research Fellows is a competitive research program that provides 8-10 upper-level undergraduates the opportunity to be mentored through multidisciplinary approaches to the study of an annual theme, to build an intellectual cohort around the theme, and to produce research/creative responses to inquiries impelled by these engagements.

The theme for the 2020-21 academic year is Human Rights: Pasts and Futures. We invite current Ohio State undergraduate students (juniors and seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0) from all majors/campuses with an interest in the area of human rights to apply. Note that priority will be given to students in the arts and humanities or those bringing a humanistic perspective to their research.

Fellows will have the opportunity to learn about the human rights movement, the relationship between human rights law and culture, and creative forms of human rights representation and resistance. Whereas no formal prior knowledge of human rights studies is expected, students must be able to articulate a strong interest in the subject area as well as a research/creative project they would like to develop when applying for the fellowship.

The fellowship carries with it a stipend of $2,000. This award will be distributed in two payments of $1,000 (in autumn 2020 and spring 2021) contingent on the completion of program requirements. This program does not carry formal academic credit.


Fellowship participant requirements

  1. Fellows will develop their own research and creative project and be mentored through the fellowship year by GAHDT Humanities Faculty Fellow, Amy Shuman, and Program Manager, Puja Batra-Wells. Fellows are obligated to meet with their program mentor at least once a month to develop their individual research and/or creative projects. (NOTE: Given the uncertain future impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, these meetings may be modified to a hybrid or remote format, consistent with university mandates and guidelines and will practice all social distancing and other safe campus protocols.)
  2. Fellows must participate in a set of 3 orienting meetings (60 minutes each) in autumn 2020 that will establish a shared conceptual framework through several short readings to help structure their independent projects. Readings will be curated from scholarship on human rights drawn from the arts and humanities.
  3. Fellows must also attend and reflect on 4 public dialogues by faculty affiliates of the Global Arts and Humanities Society of Fellows (2 dialogues each semester).
  4. Fellows must present their research (either individually or in groups) in an end-of-year public event in collaboration with faculty affiliates of the Society of Fellows.
    1. A tentative timeline of research obligations: Initial research proposal due in October 2020; research outline due in early January 2021; midterm research progress report due in March 2021; and final research project due in April 2021.

How to apply

NOTE: To be eligible to apply, applicants must hold either junior or senior status with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

All proposals must be submitted online, where applicants will be guided through the submission process for their proposal type. 

  1. An online application.
  2. A completed application includes the following materials:
    1. A 2-page statement of purpose (750-1,000 words, 12 pt Times New Roman, single-spaced) indicating why you are interested in the subject of human rights and how participation in the Society of Fellows would benefit you. This statement should not restate information found in your resume. Answer the following questions when writing:
      1. Tell us about yourself and the evolution of your interest in human rights, including any specific academic courses or experiences that have contributed to your interest.
      2. What aspects of human rights research interest you the most (civil and political rights, children’s rights, climate change, cultural rights, education, disability and discrimination, land and indigenous rights, healthcare disparities, human trafficking, migration, immigration, refugees and political asylum, poverty, racism, slavery, LGBTQ+ rights, mass incarceration, etc.). This list is illustrative and not exhaustive so please feel free to write about categories that may not be included. Tell us why you are interested in this aspect or aspects.
      3. Please describe what specific research or creative project you imagine working on.
    2.  1-page resume.
    3. Advising report (a minimum of a 3.0 GPA is required). There is no need to submit official transcripts.

Timeline

  • Fellowship call issued: July 1, 2020
  • Application deadline:  August 1, 2020
  • Fellowships announced:  August 10, 2020
  • Orientation for new fellows: September 4, 2020
  • Stipends released: autumn 2020; spring 2021

Contact

Applicants may email questions to GAHDT Program Manager, Puja Batra-Wells, at batra-wells.1@osu.edu.


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Society of Fellows Small Grants for Cross-Disciplinary Graduate Research

Deadline: August 30, 2020

This small grants program is designed to enhance opportunities for graduate students (PhD and MFA) in the arts and humanities to advance their research and/or creative practice fostering cross-disciplinary inquiry in alignment with GAHDT’s Society of Fellows and its annual theme. The Society of Fellows 2020-21 theme is Human Rights Pasts and Futures. GAHDT plans to award up to 20 small research grants annually. Grants will total $2,500 and must be expended between October 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021. Grants can be rescinded if all program obligations are not met.


Program obligations

  1. Recipients must attend at least four of the six Society of Fellows Cross-Disciplinary Digital Dialogues (composed of presentations by faculty fellows and visiting speakers). Students will participate in the events by submitting three questions at least 48 hours prior to help structure the Q&A portion of the dialogues.
  2. Recipients must present their research or creative production at the Society of Fellows’ end of year event in May 2021. Given the uncertain future impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this event may be modified to a hybrid or remote format, consistent with university mandates and guidelines and will practice all social distancing and other safe campus protocols. Students must submit presentation abstracts by March 15, 2021.

Eligibility

Grants are restricted to currently-enrolled students in arts and humanities PhD and MFA programs. Applications are considered from individual students only. Students who have received a GAHDT Graduate Team Fellowship are not eligible for these small research grant awards. The GAHDT anticipates offering up to 20 cross-disciplinary graduate research grants for the 2020-2021 academic year. 


Application materials

All proposals must be submitted online, where applicants will be guided through the submission process for their proposal type. 

  1. A short, 2-page CV.
  2. A brief statement (2 single-spaced pages) that 1) Describes the student’s creative or scholarly project; 2) Specifies how much of the project the student has already completed; and 3) Describes how the project engages in cross-disciplinary dialogue and intersects with the Society of Fellows’ annual theme of Human Rights Pasts and Futures.
  3. Advising report (student must be in good standing). There is no need to submit official transcripts.

Timeline

  • Applications due: August 30, 2020
  • Decisions announced: September 15, 2020
  • Stipends released: October 1, 2020

Contact

Applicants may email questions to GAHDT Program Manager, Puja Batra-Wells, at batra-wells.1@osu.edu.


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Faculty are invited to submit proposals for a Discovery Field School Grant. Field schools are faculty-led, interdisciplinary, experiential learning programs offered as one-credit undergraduate courses that take students   to domestic destinations to learn about the transformational value of the humanities and the arts. By immersing students in learning environments, field schools aim to close the gap between knowing and doing. This round of grants is for field schools implemented either during autumn 2020 or spring 2021.

Renewable annual grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded for field schools that further the declared purposes of the Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme to:

  • Deepen student cross-disciplinary engagement and experiential learning in the arts and humanities.
  • Demonstrate the value of the arts and humanities to address global concerns.
  • Empower faculty and students to contribute to society as change agents.

Proposed field schools should also respond to one or more of the GAHDT’s four Focus Areas of Im/Mobility, Livability, Community, and Methods and Practices Amplifier.

CONTACT: Applicants may email questions to GAHDT Program Manager, Puja Batra-Wells, at batra-wells.1@osu.edu.

Further details are available for download here: 

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(ON HOLD) Mobile Methods and Practices Series

Global Arts + Humanities will co-sponsor Mobile Methods and Practices events to foster dialogue on Arts and humanities methodologies and practices. These events aims to highlight new scholarly and creative projects, resources, and cross-disciplinary opportunities.

To propose a mobile event, please submit an application below. Event requests should not exceed $1500. Student applications must include a letter of support from a tenure track faculty member from the Division of Arts and Sciences.  Requests are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed by the Leadership Committee. Requests should be submitted no less than 21 days before the event. Application forms can be downloaded here:

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(ON HOLD) Co-Sponsorship Opportunities

Global Arts + Humanities co-sponsorships provide support for events that align with the GAHDT mission and core goals and intersect with one of the four focus areas.

Sponsorship requests may not exceed $500. Student applications must include a letter of support from a tenure track faculty member from the Division of Arts and Sciences. Requests are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed by the Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme Leadership Committee. These requests must be submitted using the tool below  -  no less than 21 days before the event. Application forms can be downloaded here.

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The Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme will offer financial support up to $5,000  for interdisciplinary  groups to attend conferences, visit universities or centers, or attend events or performances. Preference will be given to conferences that are broad-based, multi-disciplinary and national or international in scope.

For a travel opportunity to qualify for this grant opportunity, the travel leader must be a tenure-track faculty member from the Division of Arts and Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences. Travelers may include individuals from within and outside of the division, graduate students, undergraduate students, alumni and staff. Grantees may only receive ONE travel grant per academic year. Grants cannot be used to support after-the-fact travel. Grants award monies will be transferred to the travel leader’s department for administration.

CONTACT: Applicants may email questions to GAHDT Program Manager, Puja Batra-Wells, at batra-wells.1@osu.edu.

The application form is available for download here

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