Seed Grants

Support for projects that explore significant social challenges, employing humanities or transdisciplinary methodologies.


IHR Seed Grants are awarded at individual and team levels to ASU faculty or staff in the humanities (though external scholars are always welcome to participate as consultants). 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 transdisciplinary 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 at two levels: individual (up to $5,000) and team ($9,000).

Applications are now closed. 

What are some possible outcomes?

  • Conferences, symposia
  • Invited guest scholars
  • Publications
  • External grant support
  • Public engagement


What types of projects are funded? 

  • All time periods: historic to contemporary
  • Unlimited geographic locations: global to local
  • Significant humanistic work as well as work at disciplinary intersections: humanities + science, art, health, technology, etc.
  • Enhanced access to scholarly resources 
  • Team-based and single-PI research 

Seed Grant Projects

En Tiempos Peligrosos/In Dangerous Times: Digitizing Women's Literary, Charitable and Political Networks from the Spanish Civil War to the Cold War

This online archive features more than 200 previously hidden, uncatalogued letters and photographs that reveal the friendship between the 20th century’s three most influential Spanish-speaking women.

Foundations of Resilience: Libraries as Critical Infrastructure for Disaster Response and Readiness

How do we prepare for plausible futures that we cannot envision?

Jewish Latin America: New Cinematic Horizons

This research informs part of a larger book project: Jewish Latin America: New Cinematic Horizons. In particular, this project investigates Argentine film industry practices, Jewish film festivals and their role in the proliferation of Jewish themed film. It is also documenting the significant diasporic Jewish communities that have “returned” to Israel, and their representation within that industry. Some of the larger questions that will drive this research will be a discussion of films with incidental Judaism vs. films that act to translate the culture to the national audience.

Jews and Jewishness in the Dance World

This research project addresses the explicit and implicit impact of Jewish creative artists, thinkers, and organizers on the evolution of dance in education, the concert dance realm, commercial dance world and other specific contexts. It also considers how concerns central to “the Jewish experience,” whether related to identity, history, religious practice, Israel, everyday life and/or conflict and war, have influenced developments in the dance field.

VAST: Creating Virtual Archives for Scholarship and Training

While many acknowledge the potential digital tools and digitization have to increase access to information, archives and historical societies often lack the funds and people power needed for such efforts. At the same time, academic programs looking to broaden access to higher education face challenges of a different sort—how to create authentic “hands on” learning experiences for online students. Our project addresses these challenges by combining them. We partner with the National Susan B.

Domestic Boundaries: Marriage and Immigration Law in U.S. History

Although many regard the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 as the first law that emphasized marriage and family reunification priorities in immigration, this project demonstrates that marriage has always played a pivotal yet overlooked role in the formation of American immigration policy. It highlights the various historical actors - men and women, state agents and civilians, citizens and immigrants - who negotiated ideas about and performance of marriage at our nation's borders.

Enmei (Long Life): A Dance and Aging Project

Enmei (Long Life): A Dance and Aging Project interweaves the collection and analysis of narratives, storytelling and dance making to examine the ways in which different cultures value (or devalue) the aging body. Mid- to late-career dance artists and scholars from the U.S. and Japan will bring their varied life – and bodily -- experiences together to explore how cultural ideas about aging and gender inform the lives, embodied experience, and wellness of female dancers (and, by extension, of non-dancers).

Mapping History Project: Stories of the Southwest

The Mapping History Project animates Indigenous and Latin history within the larger Southwest, from the early 16th century through modern times. The Arizona State University School of Transborder Studies (STS) and Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) have partnered to develop a prototype website to host dynamic and interactive digital stories.

Materializing the Invisible: Transforming ASU Tempe campus to an open-air museum to explore the impact of time depth on community sense of place

‘Materializing the invisible’ is a research and public engagement project that seeks to make the archaeology of ASU’s Tempe campus accessible to its proximate and broader community. By transforming the campus into an open-air museum where the past can be experienced in a variety of ways that are integrated into the quotidian experiences of campus life, we aim to create a public conversation of what long-term heritage is, how it affects our sense of place and belonging in the present, and how it can transform the way we imagine our future.

Citizenship, Freedom and Gender in Morocco

This seed grant will illuminate the connections between Kharbusha’s protest (arguably the first female modern political prisoner), which occurred on the eve of colonial rule, and the call to reform the Mudawwana (Code of Personal Status) in 1993. Both events demonstrate multiple aspects of women’s agency that challenged the traditional Moroccan restrictions of women’s rights and individual freedoms. They represent endpoints of a longer and complicated sequence of events and processes that demonstrate the fight for rights within the power structure of patriarchy.