National Endowment for the Humanities: Humanities Connections Planning Grants
The Humanities Connections program seeks to expand the role of the humanities in undergraduate education at two- and four-year institutions. Awards will support innovative curricular approaches that foster productive partnerships among humanities faculty and their counterparts in the social and natural sciences and in pre-service or professional programs.
Competitive applications will demonstrate:
- That the proposed curricular projects expand the role of the humanities in addressing significant and compelling topics or issues in undergraduate education at the applicant institution(s)
- That these projects develop the intellectual skills and habits of mind cultivated by the humanities
- That faculty and students will benefit from meaningful collaborations in teaching and learning across disciplines as a result of the project
Humanities Connections projects have four core features:
- Substantive and purposeful integration of the subject matter, perspectives, and pedagogical approaches of two or more disciplines (with a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities)
- Collaboration between faculty from two or more separate departments or schools at one or more institutions
- Experiential learning as an intrinsic part of the curricular plan
- Long-term institutional support for the proposed curriculum innovation(s)
If the project addresses core or general education requirements, or requirements for specific pathways or pre-professional programs, it must incorporate a fresh approach in doing so. For example, applicants might consider:
- Filling a new or unmet curricular gap in which the humanities will play an integral role
- Opening up a new interdisciplinary minor or certificate
- Transforming existing curricular pathways
- Connecting existing fields of study to new or emerging disciplines
Planning Grants support the interdisciplinary collaboration of faculty from two or more separate departments or schools (a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities), with the goal of designing a new, coherent curricular program or initiative. The award gives the institution(s) the opportunity to create a firm foundation for implementing the program. Planning goals will include identifying the members of a planning committee and organizing the planning process; defining the rationale, design, and structure that would undergird a comprehensive and institutionally sustainable effort; and establishing potential scenarios for curriculum development. Institutions may draw on current short-term initiatives or curricular programs run by individual departments in this effort.
The outcome of a successful planning phase should be a project in, or ready for, the implementation stage. Planning Grants may be used to:
- Establish and convene a team to develop overall project goals and outcomes
- Engage outside experts for consultation on curriculum design or experiential learning opportunities (such as individual or collaborative undergraduate research projects, or a structured experience with community-based, project-based, or site-based learning)
- Invest in seminars for faculty and administrators on substantive issues related to the success of the project
- Organize focus or discussion groups around issues central to project rationale
- Draw up potential new courses, instructional models, and pedagogies for development
- Work with institutional leadership to outline long-range planning and sustainability
Amount: Awards will range up to $35,000 for a period of performance of one year.
Eligibility: U.S. two- or four-year public or private 501(c)(3) tax-exempt institutions of higher education.
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