Collaborative Research grants support groups of two or more scholars engaging in significant and sustained research in the humanities. The program seeks to encourage interdisciplinary work, both within the humanities and beyond. Projects that include partnerships with researchers from the natural and social sciences are encouraged, but they must remain firmly rooted in the humanities and must employ humanistic methods.

The program includes four project categories:

  • Planning International Collaboration;
  • Convening;
  • Manuscript Preparation; and
  • Scholarly Digital Projects.

Eligible projects must propose tangible and sustainable outcomes such as co-authored or multi-authored books; born-digital publications; themed issues of peer-reviewed journals; and content-rich, open-access digital resources (for example, websites, databases, or tools). All project outcomes must be based on and must convey interpretive humanities research. All grantees are expected to disseminate the results of their work to scholarly audiences and/or general audiences.

Who can lead the project?

  • Project directors must be scholars, not administrators. They must hold a terminal degree and demonstrate (through the publications, presentations, and other experience detailed in their résumé) their ability to carry out the proposed project.
  • Degree candidates must not be project directors, co-directors, or the sole collaborator. They may, however, serve in other roles on the project team.
    • If an individual on the project team is the project director, co-director, or the only other collaborating scholar, and has satisfied all the requirements for a degree but is awaiting its conferral, the application must include a letter from the dean of the conferring school attesting that the individual has completed all degree requirements by the application deadline.

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