Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

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$3.8m
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Grants awarded for cross-disciplinary research and A+H interventions
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$800k
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Mentoring and cross-disciplinary research support for students
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45%
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Grants invested in amplifying community-engaged projects
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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.


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Current 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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Imagined Futures Community of Practice


Call for participation

The Imagined Futures: Graduate Professional Development Initiative seeks faculty and staff participants for a community of practice (CoP) to achieve collective impact in graduate professional development and diversifying career pathways. This group will follow a Community of Practice model that relies on shared domains of expertise and practice to integrate skills into graduate curricula and develop capacity for flexible graduate advising that focuses on each student’s interests and ambitions. 

For several years, GAHDT has built capacity for engaged scholarship, cross-disciplinary collaboration and experiential learning — preparing graduate students to address critical societal challenges. Scholarship of this kind equips students to serve communities and employers in careers within and outside the academy. 

Imagined Futures leverages the integrated arts and humanities to empower graduate students and their mentors to imagine and pursue diverse career paths. The integrated arts and humanities provide indispensable methods and practices for understanding our place in the world. These cross-disciplinary methods and practices build skills like creative and critical thinking; the ability to analyze complex data and use evidence-based practices; and enhanced communication and collaboration. Crucially, the arts and humanities cultivate ethical judgment and reasoning, encouraging thoughtful and empathetic leadership. 

Imagined Futures will be the conduit: translating the skills cultivated in our graduate programs to the world of work.


Qualifications

Members of the Imagined Futures Community of Practice must be faculty or staff members at Ohio State who have demonstrated interest in graduate students’ professional development; whose research serves the needs of communities outside our campus; and/or whose profile includes outreach and engagement work. Imagined Futures seeks applicants whose skill sets are grounded in artistic, humanistic and/or collaborative inquiry. Preference will be given to individuals with experience in graduate mentoring, curriculum development and/or institutional change initiatives. 


Terms of appointment

Members of the Imagined Futures Community of Practice are required to attend a series of two-hour meetings during the 2022-23 academic year: two meetings in the autumn semester and three meetings in the spring semester. In these meetings, CoP members will develop an understanding of students’ professional development needs as well as mentoring strategies that support career diversity. They will then conceive and develop their own projects. Working individually or in groups, CoP members will complete a project that integrates professional development into graduate curricula or improves mentoring of students interested in diverse careers. Project groups may hold additional meetings to further their work. 

Projects should be applicable or translatable across disciplines; they may include, for example, a new instructional module that develops practical or transferable skills (suitable for embedding within a course); a proposal for a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization or graduate minor; or development of a training resource for mentors of graduate students and postdoctoral/post-MFA researchers. CoP projects are to be delivered by August 15, 2023.

Imagined Futures Community of Practice members will be compensated $5,000 in research funds or a cash supplement. $2,500 will be distributed at the time of appointment and a further $2,500 will be released upon delivery of the project.


How to Apply

Submit the following materials via our application webform:

  1. Letter of interest (up to two pages) summarizing the applicant’s experience in graduate advising and engagement with graduate student career development and/or community-engaged scholarship or service; reasons for interest in joining the Imagined Futures Community of Practice; and what they might contribute to the initiative’s collective impact. 
  2. A short curriculum vitae (2 pages) including research and graduate teaching.

Timeline

  • Position call issued: August 25, 2022
  • Application deadline: October 10, 2022
  • Community of Practice members announced: October 17, 2022

Contact

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


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Centers + Institutes Grants


Purpose

To advance the mission and goals of the Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme and its commitment to supporting diversity by enhancing the university’s capacity for cross-disciplinary research, creative expression, teaching and outreach that foregrounds the transformative power of arts and humanities methods and practices.


Grant types

  1. Center Grants: Proposals with budgets between $5,000-$25,000 will be accepted from the directors of individual centers.

  2. Collaborative Center Grants: Proposals with budgets between $25,000-$75,000 to be distributed across one to two years will be accepted from directors for projects that support cross-disciplinary collaboration in the arts and humanities between two or more centers OR for institutes that house multiple centers or programs. Collaborative Center Grants may be for projects that are one-to-two years in length.

  3. Summer Institute Grants: Proposals from the directors of individual or multiple centers for projects with budgets between $5,000-$15,000 to be disbursed in the summer of 2023 for short-term, cross-disciplinary research and/or teaching initiatives.


Priority consideration

Priority consideration will be given to new and ongoing projects with sustainable programmatic and/or curricular alignments supporting and integrating cross-disciplinary education, outreach and research opportunities across the arts and humanities.


Contact

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


Timeline

  • Call for concept papers issued: August 23, 2022
  • Deadline for two-page concept proposals: October 15, 2022
  • Target date for concept paper decisions: November 15, 2022
  • Deadline for full proposals: February 15, 2023
  • Final decisions: April 1, 2023

How to apply

This year’s centers and institute grant competition consists of short concept papers, which a subcommittee of GAHDT’s Advisory Committee will review. The review committee will recommend a ranked list of the most viable projects to the faculty director, who will invite full proposals in consultation with the lead dean.

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


Concept Paper Guidelines 
Deadline: October 15, 2022

Center and institute directors are invited to submit individual or joint concept proposals that align with GAHDT’s mission, goals and commitment to diversity by enhancing the university’s capacity for cross-disciplinary research, teaching and outreach that integrate arts and humanities methods and practices in meaningful ways. Applicants should include a two-page, high level overview of the proposed project with the following required content and format:

Include a header with the following three lines:

  • Line one: Descriptive project title
  • Line two: Name of contact PI/units (each proposal may have no more than two project leaders, one of which must be the center or institute director)
  • Line three: Type of grant (Individual Centers Grant/Collaborative Centers Grant/Summer Institute Grant)

The body of the concept paper must provide the requested information, which will also be used as evaluation criteria for this initial phase. Please use the following five headings:

  1. Focus: Clearly convey and describe the challenge/research question to be addressed.
  2. Approach and Audience: Outline the cross-disciplinary approach, how the project will be pursued, how the project will integrate arts and humanities methods and practices, and the target audience(s)/community(ies) to be involved.
  3. Relevance and Impact: Identify expected outcomes and how they will be measured.
  4. Diversity and Inclusion: Convey how the project will engage issues related to diversity and inclusion and foster diverse engagement.
  5. Institutional Ecology and Networks: Indicate how the project will build on existing initiatives, resources and expertise, including evidence of the prior experience and/or relevant scholarship of the project director(s) related to the proposed project (do not attach CVs).

Full Proposal Guidelines
Deadline: February 15, 2023

Center and institute directors invited to submit full proposals should follow these guidelines:

  1. All proposals must align with GAHDT’s mission, goals and commitment to diversity by enhancing the university’s capacity for cross-disciplinary research, teaching and outreach that integrate arts and humanities methods and practices in meaningful ways.
  2. Faculty and staff compensation may include:
    1. Center Grants (compensation for project leaders): Proposals may request a course release at the lecturer rate or supplemental or off-duty pay of $5,000 (for the labor equivalent to that of a course release) for the center or institute director and for a current tenure-track faculty or staff member (with PI status) to help implement the program. Each Center Grants Proposal may have no more than two project leaders, one of which must be the center or institute director. If requesting course releases, please include a letter of support from each project leader’s department chair.
    2. Collaborative Centers Grants (compensation for project leaders): Proposals may request a course release at the lecturer rate or supplemental or off-duty pay of $5,000 (for the labor equivalent to that of a course release) for each center or institute director. Each center or institute director may request compensation for a current tenure-track faculty or staff member (with PI status) to help implement the program. If requesting course releases, please include a letter of support from each project leader’s department chair.
    3. Faculty and staff collaborators: Depending upon the scope of their contributions to the project, collaborators can be allocated between $500-$2,000 in cash as research funds for up to a maximum of $10,000 to be divided evenly among teams that consist of five or more collaborators. All proposals must indicate how these research stipends will be divided. Project leaders who receive a course release or supplemental pay are not eligible for research stipends.
  3. Proposals should run NO MORE than eight double-spaced pages, including supporting appendices or data (excluding CVs) and MUST include a detailed, itemized budget of one-to-two pages. Proposals should include an explanation of the cross disciplinary project’s relevance and impact, vision for meaningful involvement of students, and potential for developing strong and sustainable cross-disciplinary collaborations with other units  on campus and/or with community partners. Proposals should also describe how the project promotes issues of equity, inclusion and diversity.
  4. Proposals for multi-year initiatives should clearly outline the planned phasing for their initiative’s development and structure the budget according to the designated phases.
  5. Proposals may request cash allocations for such items as student programs; public or academic lectures, presentations or conferences; consultations; working groups; research or performance-based research designed to illustrate or clarify focus areas; planning innovative and/or experiential cross-disciplinary teaching and learning opportunities; documentation (podcasts, videos, website development); student support, including small grants for undergraduate and graduate student research; GAA tuition and fees; and costs for rental equipment, campus space, printing or design necessary for the research and/ or creative project. These suggestions are intended to be illustrative and not exclusive. Applicants are encouraged to be visionary and imaginative in thinking about possible applications of funds. Operations costs, like faculty and staff salaries, will not be supported.
  6. Proposals should include a description of the forms of documentation (performance, podcasts, videos, blogs, website, publication, etc.) that the project will produce. Additionally, proposals should include a description of a plan and/or method for developing documentable evidence of success and indicate how the center or institute will measure the outcomes of their proposal in achieving demonstrably transformative, cross-disciplinary educational goals, either within (or across) curricula, research and/or community engagement. Directors will be required to submit an annual report to GAHDT, which will be reviewed by the faculty director and GAHDT leadership.
  7. Indicate the potential of the proposed initiative to secure extramural (non-Ohio State) funding, and please note if any additional funding has already been secured. Sources of funding may be identified using this Office of Research resource.
  8. Center or institute directors will serve as the point of contact for communications with GAHDT during the grant program process. Funds will be released to and administered by the center/institute.

Full proposals evaluation process and criteria
Evaluation criteria

  1. Cross-disciplinary relevance and impact: Does the project imagine cross-disciplinary research, creative expression, teaching and/or outreach collaboration that foregrounds the transformative power of arts and humanities methods and practices? What is the project’s potential for increasing Ohio State’s national recognition and distinction in the integrated arts and humanities?
  2. Student impact and engagement: How will the project meaningfully engage students and positively impact their educational experiences and/or professional development?
  3. Potential for collaboration: Does the project put forth a vision for collaboration across the university community? How will the project address the challenges of conducting intellectual work across disciplines and among faculty, students and community stakeholders?
  4. Institutional ecology and networks: To what extent does the project build on existing initiatives, resources, and expertise? Does the project build on new or established local, national and/or international networks or collaborations? What kinds of consultation have already taken place or are planned?
  5. Diversity and inclusion: Does the project encourage the engagement of issues related to diversity and inclusion and have a plan to foster diverse engagement?
  6. Extramural funding: What is the proposed program’s potential for securing extramural (non-Ohio State funding)?

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Society of Fellows Small Grants


New programming opportunities

The Society of Fellows program has developed several initiatives to broaden the reach and scope of its programming. Present initiatives include the Society of Fellows’ Digital Dialogue Series, workshops, end-of-year showcase, and a new book series collaboration with the Wexner Center for the Arts — On Possibility: Social Change and the Arts and Humanities.

The Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme is pleased to announce a new initiative designed to extend support to Ohio State affiliates who are interested in developing programming aligned with the Society of Fellows annual thematic, which for 2022-23 is Archival Imaginations.


Purpose

Society of Fellows Small Grants ($500-$5,000) support Ohio State faculty, students and staff in creating arts- and humanities-oriented programming and collaborations aligned with the Society of Fellows annual thematic, Archival Imaginations. Funds may be used to support guest speakers and artists, Ohio State faculty and student presentations, development of pedagogical resources, workshops and other professional development opportunities. Funds may not be used to support individual research (travel, fieldwork, visits to archives, etc.) or undergraduate/graduate theses and dissertations.


Eligibility

Ohio State faculty, students and staff are eligible to apply for these small grants. Student applications must be accompanied by a letter of support from a faculty member or advisor. Faculty and students currently affiliated and supported by the Society of Fellows (2022-23) may not apply.


Compensation for grant recipient leads

GAHDT will consider requests for additional compensation beyond the grant but no more than 10% of the total grant for recipients to lead multi-event initiatives. Approvals will be based on the labor/complexity of the project on a case-by-case basis. Requests will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed by GAHDT Leadership Committee. Requests should be submitted no less than 21 days before the event. See application portal for further details.


How to apply

Download and complete the application (below) then upload using our webform


Contact

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


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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.

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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.

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