Proposal-Writing Information Session & Workshop 2020

For faculty and post-docs applying for competitive funding in fall 2020 and spring 2021

Information Session

Wednesday, August 26, 9–11:30 am

The competition for fellowships and other grant-funded activities is fierce. To assist in these efforts, the Center for the Humanities will host, via Zoom, an information session for faculty and post-docs in the humanities and humanistic social sciences interested in pursuing external funding. Whether you are intending to prepare an application for the next funding cycle or you would just like more details on the process, you are welcome at this information session! Please use the RSVP link at the bottom of this page to let us know if you plan to participate.

Panel 1: How to Write a Winning Proposal — Perspectives from a Grant Reviewer

Jean Allman (African & African American Studies)

Panel 2: How I Got Here — Experiences of Recent Grant & Fellowship Recipients

Tili Boon Cuillé (Romance Languages & Literatures), Joanna Dee Das (Performing Arts), Thomas Keeline (Classics)


Proposal Workshop

Small-group workshopping of proposals to be submitted in fall 2020 or spring 2021. Led by a senior faculty member, participants will give a critical reading of one another’s proposals and offer observations at the first meeting (via Zoom). At the second meeting, participants will share their revised proposals. Please use the RSVP link at the bottom of this page to let us know if you plan to participate.


dates updated 6/24/20

Friday, August 21, 12 pm CDT

Deadline to submit proposals for workshopping (email to Beginning the following day, group assignments will be made. You will receive an email with your assignment and the proposals of members of your group shortly thereafter. Please review and prepare comments on those proposals in advance of the group’s first meeting.

Wednesday, August 26 

All groups will meet in the afternoon of August 26 for Part 1, First Review. Specific time will be determined by the individual groups.

Week of August 31

Individual groups will determine a day and time to meet for Part 2, Revisions.

Review the deadlines of major competitive external funding organizations on this page.


Ignacio Infante (Comparative Literature, Romance Languages & Literatures), Ila Sheren (Art History & Archaeology), and Abram Van Engen (English, Religion & Politics)

Proposals to be workshopped are due to the humanities center Friday, August 21, 12 pm CDT. Email the proposal to

RSVP to participate

Please follow this link to let us know you plan to participate in the 2020 proposal-writing information session and/or workshop.