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 due April 2nd, 2018

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

Documenting the Undocumented

CLAS Seed Grant    "Documenting the Undocumented" is a research and public humanities project that seeks to document the lives of undocumented students and, in the process, create a public conversation about what it means to be an immigrant and an American. It builds on traditional oral history field research techniques to pioneer new approaches to community led oral history training, oral history collecting and archiving, and public programming.

Enchanted Faith: Latino Religiosity, Gender Constructions, and Social Networks in the Church

CLAS Seed Grant    The proposed project will combine oral history narratives with archival research to understand how Latino Mormons engage their faith. In addition, the research will include an analysis of the Church of Latter Day Saints as it reaches out to their Latino converts. With only one major academic single-authored book on the topic, Hispanics in the Mormon Zion 1912-1999 (2002), the proposed project expands the analysis beyond archival history of Latino Mormons in Salt Lake City to contemporary communities in Arizona.

Visualizing the History of Risk in America: A Digital Humanities Project Using Social and Economic Data

CLAS Seed Grant    In his review of Eric Wertheimer’s Underwriting: The Poetics of Insurance (Stanford, 2006), Mark Tebeau wondered if Wertheimer’s conclusions about the nature of risk, on view in a variety of historical and cultural settings, would be born out in the historical record of everyday actuarial practice.

Restoring and Re-Storying the Hidden Cultural Landscape of the Colorado River Basin

Profs. Collins, Drum, Rowe, and Margolis will create an “augmented reality” geographic information system (GIS) that explores hidden dimensions of the Colorado River Basin. By capturing subjective experiences of this important watershed as well as by compiling local knowledge of it, they intend to “re-story” or reconfigure the identity of the Basin in order to sustain cultural practices connected to it.

Austere Borderlands: Recession, Migration, and Contested Means of Belonging in the E.U.

This project proposes to conduct ethnographic research that examines how austerity
measures together with restrictive immigration policies shape constructions of belonging
in the E.U.-North Africa borderlands. Future phases of this project will include U.S. field
sites for comparative analysis with the E.U.-North Africa borderlands. There is
a particular interest in the intimate dimensions of economic restructuring (e.g.,
austerity, policies emerging from economic recession) and how institutional practices and