As Brown moves forward with its international initiatives, the Vice President for International Affairs, the Vice President for Research, and the Director of the Cogut Center for the Humanities are together making available a total of $50,000 to fund a seed project that focuses on new initiatives in global humanities.
In consultation with an ad hoc advisory committee, a one-time dispersal of funds will be made for a proposal to stimulate a major new initiative in collaboration with global peers and to foster a robust institutional partnership in the humanities. This opportunity is offered at a synergetic moment for the humanities at Brown, following on the award of a major new grant to the Cogut Center for international humanities from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as well as the announcement of the university's Humanities Initiative with its planned recruitment of six endowed chairs in the humanities.
Any professor at any rank or any senior lecturer active in research is eligible, though regular faculty may be given priority over research faculty. Emeritus, adjunct, visiting, and clinical faculty are not eligible to lead projects, but may be included on the research team.
Amount and Duration of Awards
The award will be up to $50,000 and will be for one year. A no‐cost extension may be granted with appropriate justification.
Criteria for Selection
The overall merit of the research project will be considered and evaluated by the Vice President for International Affairs, the Vice President for Research, the Director of the Cogut Center for the Humanities, and a committee of faculty advisors. The final selection will be made based on the following criteria:
The proposed research deals with a significant global problem requiring the critical, theoretical, and historical work associated with humanistic inquiry
The proposal involves collaboration with international partners
Proposers include Brown faculty from at least three units on campus
The proposed research will enhance Brown’s international visibility
The award should provide the basis for further support from external sponsors
There is a likelihood that the proposed work will be completed during the award period.
The geographic relevance of the proposed project may be broad, but the promise of in-depth and locally informed cultural analysis is encouraged. Special consideration will be given to proposals for research focusing on China, India, Africa, and the Middle East.
Procedure for Submitting Proposals
This award is not available for the academic year 2012/13. We will not be accepting proposals. Please email International_Affairs@brown.edu if you are interested in applying for smaller ad-hoc seed funding.