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

Heritage & Memory: Sites of Transgenerational Trauma, Moral Reminders, and Repair

Heritage & Memory: Sites of Transgenerational Trauma, Moral Reminders, and Repair examines conflicted sites of heritage and memory in order to articulate conceptual (theory, methodology innovations) and practical (clinical, ethical, political, legal impact in applied fields) resources with potential for breaking inherited barriers to peace and conflict resolution. These resources would include critical theory, literature, aesthetics of museums, monuments, memorializations, rituals, and civic performances of memory.

Islamism and the Crucible of Immigration

Islamism in the Crucible of Immigration is an attempt to understand through the study of the grand affair that immigration offers certain Muslim individuals and sometimes groups—in varying degrees—serious drifts toward different strands of Islamism. The dynamics of immigration and their transformative ardor could be perceived here as both complex structures and processes at work that require considerable study to grasp their deeper implications and far-reaching consequences.

School(ing) Girls: Localizing Transnational Gender Identities in Kenya's Maasailand

This collaborative, transdisciplinary project joins the expertise of faculty from the fields of Women and Gender studies and Education Policy and Sociolinguistics to advance research on gender and education in rural East Africa. Specifically, this project explores the impact of the development driven education imperative in the form of formal schooling on identity construction and notions of girlhood in Maasai communities in Kenya. Our study takes as primary the relationships between discourse, language use, and lived experience.

The Shakespeare Cognition Research Project: Classical Drama and Perceptions of Race

As an interdisciplinary research group (with scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and arts), the Shakespeare Cognition Research Project team seeks to gather, analyze, and theorize empirical data about audience receptions of nontraditionally cast classical performances. While many in the mainstream media claim that "Generation M[edia]"—eight to eighteen year olds who have grown up with, and on, the internet—is the post-race generation that no longer "sees" race, empirical research indicates that race remains a salient identity category for young people.

Rising Souls, Singing Scorpions

The story of Ramon "Chunky" Sanchez is emblematic of the dramatic changes in the Chicano community within his lifetime (1951-present), as both he and his community have struggled to create a new identity within the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. In the face of massive demographic, economic, and political changes, Sanchez has survived and thrived, using music to challenge the sometimes deplorable forces shaping the life of his community.