Proposal-Writing Workshop 2019

For faculty interested in pursuing competitive funding opportunities such as fellowships from ACLS and NEH

Small-group workshopping of proposals to be submitted in fall 2019 or spring 2020. 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.


Thursday, August 15: 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.

Week of August 26: Groups will determine a day and time to meet for Part 1, First Review.

Week of September 9: 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, Associate Professor, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, Program in Comparative Literature; Acting Director, Center for the Humanities

Laurie Maffly-Kipp, the Archer Alexander Distinguished Professor, Danforth Center on Religion and Politics; Director, Program in Religious Studies

Rafia Zafar, Professor, Department of English, Department of African and African-American Studies, and Program in American Culture Studies


In past years, the humanities center has hosted both a proposal-writing information session and a proposal-writing workshop on the same date. This time around, we split up the programming. The Proposal-Writing Information Session took place on April 29. Our annual Scholarly Writing Retreat, during which time participants could write fellowship proposals in a supportive environment, took place May 21–31. This fall Proposal-Writing Workshop, near the application deadlines for several nationally competitive fellowship programs, gives faculty the opportunity to receive feedback and revise their proposals before submitting.

Proposals to be workshopped are due to the humanities center Thursday, August 15. Email the proposal to 

RSVP to participate

Please follow this link to let us know you plan to participate in the proposal-writing workshop in August and September 2019.