IHR Grant Resources: Making Ideas Happen in the World

The Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) promotes inter- and cross-disciplinary research among faculty and students that help increase humanities impact, while also facilitating innovative research contributions to—and engaging industry, government, and community in—the real-world problems of our times.

As part of our mission, the IHR's exceptional, scaffolded Grant Program creates near infinite possibilities for ASU faculty to pursue new, distinctive, and innovative directions for scholarship in the humanities, resulting in transformative funding opportunities from national institutions, the publication of essays and articles in top-ranked peer-review journals, and the placement of academic monographs with leading university presses, ultimately changing the public conversation.

To these ends, the IHR has created this page to assist faculty in navigating the grant landscape.

The resource includes:

  • Examples of successful internal and external faculty grant applications (email ihr@asu.edu for password to access links)

  • When possible, linked precedents of IHR grants leading directly to national-level funding opportunities with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the American Council for Learned Societies (ACLS), the National Humanities Center (NHC), and other flagship fellowship and grant programs;

  • Curated examples of external funding opportunities.

To note, this page should be considered a "living document." Check back often for updates and added examples of past successful faculty grant narratives. 

IHR Publication Development Grant

Description: The IHR Publication Development Grant is designed to provide support for and facilitate publication outputs and boost research track record, in order to enable increased citations, reputation, and competitiveness for external grants. The award serves as a basis for eventual application for either an IHR Seed Grant, with respect to interdisciplinary humanities projects, or the IHR Cross-Disciplinary Seed Grant, with regard to cross-disciplinary projects that combine the objects and methods of humanities research in new ways with the sciences or arts.

ASU Faculty Example: Ana Hedberg Olenina (Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Media Studies, SILC, Spring 2022): "Embodied Cognition: Neurocinematics, and the Virtual Worlds of Sergei Eisenstein"

Related External Grants:

The NEH Summer Stipends program aims to stimulate new research in the humanities and its publication. The program works to accomplish this goal by providing small awards to individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars.

Since 1933 the APS has awarded small grants to scholars in order to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. In 2020–2021 the Franklin Research Grants program awarded more than $500,000 to nearly 100 scholars, and the Society expects to make a similar number of awards in this year’s competition.

The Short-Term Research Publication Grants provide support to scholars to prepare research manuscripts for publication. Preference will be given to applicants whose work supports the vision of AAUW: to break through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance.

IHR Seed Grant

Description: The IHR Seed Grant is designed to provide support for humanities projects that advance the IHR's mission of increasing the impact of humanities scholarship both within and external to the academy. It provides opportunities for ASU faculty to both expand their research reputation by facilitating increased publications and increase the public impact of humanities scholarship through public-facing engagement. The Grant is engineered to enhance faculty success in applying for major national grants following completion of the IHR Seed Grant. 

ASU Faculty Examples: Laurie Manchester (Associate Professor of History, SHPRS): "Diasporas of the Russian Empire" (IHR Seed Grant, Spring 2015) to "From China to the U.S.S.R.: The Return of the 'True' Russians" (2022 NEH Fellowship)

Devoney Looser (Regents Professor, English): "Sister Novelists before the Brontës: The Misses Porter, Fame, and Misfortune in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain" (2018 NEH Public Scholars Grant)

Rudy Guevarra (Associate Professor, School of Social Transformation), "Aloha Compadre: Transpacific Latina/o Migrations to the Hawaiian Islands" (Spring 2011 IHR Seed Grant) to "Aloha Compadre: Latinxs in Hawaiʻi, 1832-2010" (2018 NEH Summer Subvention)

Chris Jones (Associate Professor, SHPRS), "Immaterial Growth: Energy and Economics in the American Century"

Related External Grants:

The NEH Public Scholars program supports the creation of well-researched nonfiction books in the humanities written for the broad public.  It does so by offering grants to individual authors for research, writing, travel, and other activities leading to publication. 

The ACLS Fellowship program is intended to help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing. For this cycle, the fellowship is only available to untenured scholars. 

Intended for scholars working in Art History or Visual Culture Studies more broadly, in concert with the CASVA's newly updated interdisciplinary mission, with a focus on historically-marginalized fields. Fellows have access to collections and archives housed at both the National Gallery of Art and the Library of Congress.

IHR Cross-Disciplinary Seed Grant

Description: The IHR Cross-Disciplinary Seed Grant is designed to provide support for projects that advance the IHR's mission of increasing the impact of humanities scholarship across Divisions and between The Colleges at ASU. By definition, the award promotes collaboration. It requires two or more faculty serve as Co-Principal Investigators. One faculty member must be affiliated with a humanities unit. Another must be affiliated with a different division or college. Applicants for the grant must include a cross-disciplinary methodology that substantively includes the humanities. 

Related External Grants:

The purpose of each project will be to develop new international research in the humanities and social sciences, to further our understanding of global order and disorder. Research may be problem-focused, creatively innovative and exploratory, and should bring together relevant disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, where appropriate, for maximum impact/effect. The Academy expects all applications to fundamentally involve and integrate both the humanities and social sciences. The Academy particularly encourage applications led from the humanities. NB: Applicants must partner with a UK-based scholar, as Principal Investigator for the grant. However, inclusion of a co-applicant based 'overseas' is required.

Propose experimental research and artistic projects that bring local concerns, narratives, and resources to a global stage through public-facing exhibitions, publications, and archives or through new media technologies, such as podcasts, websites, and social media. Projects that feature multiple network partners working in collaboration will be prioritized. (If you have a project proposal but have not yet established a collaborative relationship throughout the Experimental Humanities Collaborative Network, please indicate that in your application, and we will do our best to connect you with potential partners.). NBASU is a member of the Experimental Humanities Collaborative Network, alongside Bard College, University of London, Birkbeck, the University of Thessaly, Central European University, Hampton University, the Open Societies Network, American University of Central Asia, European Humanities University, and the Smithsonian Institution. 

IHR Fellows Program

Description: The IHR Fellows Program advances the scholarly writing and research of humanities faculty. The program includes course buyout, research funding, peer-writing groups, and development of a cross-humanities faculty community. Additionally, the program assists faculty in grant writing and writing for a broad public. Successful IHR Fellows applicants describe a well-developed scholarly writing project rooted in the humanities that has clear and feasible outcomes for the fellowship year and the potential for external funding. 

ASU Faculty Examples: Françoise Mirguet (SILC), "Rediscovering Consolation: Can Three Antique Cultures Reimagine Grief and Its Relief?" (2021-22 IHR Fellow), Chris Jones (SHPRS), "Immaterial Growth: Energy and Economics in the American Century" (2016-17 IHR Fellow)

Keith D. Miller (Professor of English), "Rethinking Malcolm X" (2020-21 National Humanities Center Fellowship)

Related External Grants

Each year, the National Humanities Center welcomes up to forty scholars from across the humanities and all over the world. During their time in residence, Fellows are given the freedom to work on their projects while benefiting from the exceptional services of the Center.

Based in Radcliffe Yard—a sanctuary in the heart of Harvard University—fellows join a uniquely interdisciplinary and creative community. A fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate our past and our present.

The SCAS offers a General Residential Fellowship Programme open to scholars from all countries. The programme gives fellows the opportunity to concentrate on their own research interests, free from the teaching and administrative obligations of ordinary university life. Fellows are, however, expected to be active members of the scholarly community of the Collegium and to participate in seminars and academic events beyond their own fields of specialization.

IHR Research Strategy Grant

The IHR Research Strategy Grant (information coming soon) constitutes the flagship award of the program. It is designed to directly facilitate external grant writing and publication outputs to boost research track records. Faculty who hold the IHR Strategic Grant publish one journal article with a prestigious journal or press within six months following their time holding the grant and apply for two external grants, including one NEH competitive grant. 

ASU Faculty Example: Mike Tueller (Professor of Classics, SILC): "The Greek Anthology: A New Text and Translation" (2016 NEH Fellowship)

Related External Grants

NEH Fellowships are competitive awards granted to individual scholars pursuing projects that embody exceptional research, rigorous analysis, and clear writing. Applications must clearly articulate a project’s value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.

The IAS is an independent private institution founded in 1930 to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations. Each year scholars from around the world apply to come to the Institute to pursue their own research. Those who are chosen are offered a membership for a set period. The School of Historical Studies supports scholarship in all fields of historical research, but is concerned principally with the history of western, near eastern and Asian civilizations, with particular emphasis upon the Greek and Roman world, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, art history, history of science, and late modern history. Members in the School are appointed for either term (first term September 25 to December 22, second term January 15 to April 12) or for two terms, amounting to a full academic year. Postdoctoral fellowship appointments are for one year, renewable for a second. 

Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for mid-career individuals who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts and exhibit great promise for their future endeavors. Fellowships are awarded through an annual competition open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada.