The seed grant program is designed to provide support for projects that advance the IHR’s mission of fostering research that addresses or explores significant social challenges in the past, present and future, employing humanities or interdisciplinary methodologies.

The Institute supports projects that demonstrate intellectual merit, potential impact on scholarship and strong prospects of receiving external funding. Seed grants fund 12 months of work for ASU humanities faculty and staff at two levels: individual (up to $7,000) and team (up to $12,000). 

Review frequently asked questions about the seed grant program.

Application: Closed.

Review the guidelines.  

Current seed grant projects

Title Principal Investigator(s) Award Semester Award Year
Black and white photo of a Muslim woman. 'What Happened Here is Not Right': A Critical Oral History of Post-9/11 Detention and Surveillance

Anand Gopal | Assistant Research Professor, Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict

Daniel Rothenberg | Professor of Practice, School of Politics and Global Studies; Co-director, Center on the Future of War

Fall 2020
Social media apps on an iPhone. Conspiracy Pedagogies: QAnon, Social Media, and the Teaching of Far-Right Extremism

Jennifer Sandlin | Professor, School of Social Transformation

Fall 2020
Mapping Black Ecologies

J.T. Roane | Assistant Professor, School or Social Transformation; Black Ecologies Initiative Program Lead

Huewayne Watson | Instructor, School of Social Transformation

Fall 2020
A Highway in the Desert: Christians in the Valley of the Sun

Jason Bruner | Associate Professor of Religious Studies, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies 

Spring 2020
Constructing the Maghrib: Contested Landscapes

Chouki El Hamel | Professor of History, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies; Director, Center for Maghrib Studies

Edward Oetting | Research Librarian for the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies; Liaison Librarian for Barrett Honors College, ASU Libraries

Said Ennahid | Associate Professor of Islamic Art, Architecture, and Archaeology, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (Morocco)

Matthew Toro | Director of Maps, Imagery and Geospatial Services, Map and Geospatial Hub, ASU Library

Spring 2020
Immigrant Artists, Alternative Modernisms and Collecting as a Public Good in the US, 1910-40

Julie Codell | Professor, School of Art

Spring 2020
Rebirth and Resurgence in Southern Arizona: A Political History of Hia Ced O'odham Sovereignty Since 1850

David Martinez | Associate Professor, American Indian Studies

Spring 2020
Reframing Theories of Evil: Interventions in Philosophy

Imge Oranli | Assistant Professor of Philosophy, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

Spring 2020
The Amazonian Social Relation to Nature: A Digital Variable Pathway Resource

Tod D. Swanson | Professor of Religious Studies, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies

Janis Nuckolls | Professor of Linguistics, Brigham Young University

Spring 2020
The Sound of Social Change: A History of Women’s Music

Julia Himberg | Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies, Department of English 

Spring 2020
Bodies in Revolt: The Volatile Politics of Women’s Body Hair

Breanne Fahs | Professor of Women and Gender Studies & Social and Cultural Analysis | ASU New College 

Fall 2019
Monumental Objections: The Phoenix Indian School at Steele Indian School Park

Kathleen Lamp | Associate Professor | Department of English

Fall 2019
No Longer Just ‘Hyphenated’: The New ‘American’ Conversation

Pardis Mahdavi | Professor and Director | School of Social Transformation

Lois Brown | Professor and Center Director | Center for the Study of Race and Democracy

Fall 2019
Biography of a Sound — Prince, Place and the Hidden History of the Minneapolis Sound

Rashad Shabazz | Associate Professor | Program of Justice and Criminal Inquiry | School of Social Tranformation

Sabine Feisst | Evelyn Smith Professor | School of Music

Spring 2019
Power, Society and the Senses: A Workshop

Toby Harper | Assistant Professor | School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies

Richard Newhauser | Professor | Department of English

Spring 2019
Storytelling on Location: Emerging Modalities of Place-Based Writing

Jacob Greene | Assistant Professor | Department of English

Spring 2019
Who Wrote the Autobiography of Malcolm X

Keith Miller | Professor | Department of English

Spring 2019