The Buckner W. Clay Endowment for the Humanities

The Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures (IHGC) invites proposals for funding from the Buckner W. Clay Endowment to support innovative work in the global humanities at the University of Virginia. The Endowment provides an ambitious basis of support for faculty and graduate student research and teaching to be conducted under the auspices of the IHGC. Deadlines and instructions for application are below and attached. The deadline for submissions will be March 10, 2013..

Grants for Emerging Issues in the Global Humanities

Awarded to support a variety of initiatives on vital and emerging issues in the global humanities: student-faculty collaborations; events that engage the general public; conferences on emergent issues; short courses; and residencies by scholars and scholar-artists aimed at enriching the environment at the University. Awards range from $2,000-$10,000, though the committee may consider larger awards for exceptionally promising proposals.

Graduate Summer Research Grants

Grants for summer support to graduate students at the dissertation stage whose research contributes to the global humanities, whether on-grounds, nationally, or abroad. Students applying must have completed all exams. Awards up to $3,500.

Teaching Initiatives in the Global Humanities

A series of grants to support the development and implementation of undergraduate and graduate courses in global humanities. Proposed courses can follow the normal pattern of semester-length duration, or they may be innovative short courses that will be offered with reduced or no credit. Awards up to $5,000.

Global Initiatives in the Public Humanities

Grants for public projects, including workshops, institutional partnerships, media presentations, and K-12 educational initiatives, that look to bring the global humanities into the wider community, locally, regionally or nationally. Awards up to $5,000.


A proposal should address, in no more than two single-spaced pages (no cover sheets, please), the following:

1) the intellectual focus of the grant or initiative, including its contributions to department culture and curricula, interdisciplinary scholarship, advanced research in the global humanities, and the life of the humanities more generally;
2) its organizational format (e.g., a two-day workshop involving Departments X and Y; a research trip to library Z in Guatemala; a course that requires teleconferencing resources), including, where relevant, names of key participants and those administratively responsible for its execution;
3) where appropriate, the planned dates of travel or events, as well as venue; and
4) names and affiliations of any investigators, collaborators, and visitors associated with the proposal.

In the header on the first page please include the name and e-mail address of the primary applicant, as well as the category of grant (I-IV above) for which the application is being submitted. The proposal should be accompanied by a separate sheet indicating detailed cost estimates of line items in the budget. If appropriate, departments or programs may hire graduate students to help administer the initiative at $15 per hour. Please work with your department’s fiscal administrator on your budget. If you have any questions about submitting an application, please contact Ms. Dena Perez (


Applicants must submit the proposal as a single pdf document named as follows: [LAST NAME OF PRIMARY APPLICANT].CLAY.[GRANT CATEGORY], for example SMITH.CLAY.III. Proposals should be sent by e-mail to Dena Perez (

All proposals must be received by March 10, 2013; the Selection Committee will make its decisions soon thereafter. These proposals may involve spending funds any time from the summer of 2013 to June 2014.