Whiting Public Engagement Programs 2022-23: call for proposals

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Early-career faculty in the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences are invited to submit a proposal for the 2022-23 Whiting Public Engagement Programs. The UC Davis Humanities Institute will be leading the internal nomination process for one candidate each for the fellowship and seed grant competitions. The internal (UC Davis) deadline for a draft proposal is Friday, May 14, 2021; Whiting Foundation's deadline for a complete proposal is June 14, 2021.

Program Details

The Whiting Public Engagement Programs aim to celebrate and empower early-career humanities faculty who undertake ambitious, usually deeply collaborative projects to infuse the depth, richness, and nuance of the humanities into public life. The two programs are:

  • A Fellowship of $50,000 for projects far enough into development or execution to present specific, compelling evidence that they will successfully and meaningfully engage the intended public.
  • A Seed Grant of $10,000 for projects at a somewhat earlier stage of development, where more modest resources are needed to test or pilot a project or to collaborate with partners to finalize the planning for a larger project and begin work.

Whiting defines early-career as having received the doctorate in or since 2008.

Whiting specifies focus disciplines within the humanities, namely: history; the study of literature, visual art, music, and other arts; philosophy; and area studies combining these fields, such as classics and African-American studies.

Prospective applicants are encouraged (not required) to attend an information session online at 11am PST (2pm ET) on the first Wednesday of each month through June for more information about the application and selection process.

Review the full program guidelines for an extended description of proposal materials.

    Proposal Materials for Internal Nomination (due May 14)

    1. Project overview and intended outcomes (up to 400 words)
    2. Collaborators (up to 200 words, with names and titles/affiliations of collaborators
    3. Timeline (up to 200 words)
    4. Budget and use of funds (up to 200 words)
    5. CV of applicant(s)
    Submission Details
    Please submit your proposal as a single PDF via the online application form: https://voorhies.ucdavis.edu/dhi/funding/ before the deadline.


    Email Stephanie Maroney at srmaroney@ucdavis.edu with any questions or for assistance preparing  your proposal submission.


    Friday, May 14: intent to apply and proposal rough draft due for internal nomination.

    Tuesday, June 1: UC Davis sends the names of their nominees to Whiting.

    Monday, June 14: Nominees submit their first-round applications through the online portal (also linked to in the guidelines).

    Early September: Applicants and nominators will be notified of the results of the first round. Finalists will be asked to revise and expand their applications, incorporating feedback from the reviewers, and provide letters of recommendation and institutional support. 

    November 1: Deadline for final-round applications from finalists.

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