Proposal-Writing Information Session & Workshop 2021

For faculty and post-docs applying for competitive funding in fall 2021 and spring 2022

Information Session

Wednesday, August 25, 11 am–12:30 pm

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.

What’s in a Proposal

Jean Allman (African & African American Studies)

The Best of the Best Advice

Collected words of wisdom from a dozen recent grant and fellowship recipients


Proposal Workshop

Small-group workshopping of proposals to be submitted in fall 2021 or spring 2022. Led by a senior faculty member, participants will give a critical reading of one another’s proposals and offer observations at the first meeting. 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.


Wednesday, August 18, 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 25 (afternoon)

All groups will meet in the afternoon of August 25 for Part 1, First Review. Specific time and format (Zoom or in person) will be determined by the individual groups.

Week of August 30

Individual groups will determine a day, time and format (Zoom or in person) to meet for Part 2, Revisions.

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


Jean Allman (African and African-American Studies), Ignacio Infante (Comparative Literature, Romance Languages & Literatures), Jessica Rosenfeld (English), Rebecca Copeland (East Asian Languages & Cultures)

Proposals to be workshopped are due to the humanities center Wednesday, August 18, 12 pm CDT. Email the proposal to 

RSVP to participate

Please follow this link to let us know you plan to participate in the 2021 proposal-writing information session and/or workshop.