The time to think, write, and develop a project is one of the most incredible gifts anyone can receive, and I was particularly grateful to be able to have this time here at BU, where it's too often the case that one is surrounded by fascinating colleagues but too busy to take advantage of their insights and expertise.

Being part of a group drawn from disciplines far from or adjacent to my own was particularly helpful--it helped me articulate why I'm drawn to some problems more than others, and why others might want to read what I'm writing. It was fabulous to have the time to learn about the intellectual work my colleagues in the humanities are doing. It is hard to overstate the positive effects that uninterrupted time to think has on the quality of the work we do as scholars.

I feel as if even on my deathbed, I'll still be grateful for the time I was given.

– Anna Henchman, Junior Faculty Fellow, 2012-13

Outside Opportunities

The BU Center for the Humanities allocates funds for humanities projects and fellowships on the BU campus. We are also very interested in assisting our humanities faculty in obtaining funding from outside sources. To that end, we have created this page with the contact information for offices on campus that assist with applications for outside grants and fellowships.


Associate Dean for Humanities, Professor Patricia Johnson, has recently compiled a comprehensive list of available awards for humanities scholars, with their deadlines and criteria. Please visit this site: http://www.bu.edu/cas/research/humanities


The BU Office of Sponsored Programs:
The mission of the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is to provide comprehensive support to members of the Boston University research community engaged in the preparation and submission of research proposals and the management of funded research projects. As steward of the university’s externally-funded research portfolio, OSP is responsible for ensuring that all research proposals and projects adhere to Boston University’s academic and research policies and meet its obligations to external sponsors.

OSP’s specific responsibilities include working with faculty and departments to:

Jen Marron, Associate Director for Proposal Review and Submission,  assists  CAS/GRS  Humanities faculty on Proposal Development. Tel: 617-353-5226  Email: jmarron@bu.edu

In many cases, grant proposals must be submitted through the Office of Sponsored Programs. If you are thinking of applying for a grant, please contact Jen Marron.

The NEH Summer Stipends

Beginning in the summer of 2013, BU Center for the Humanities has administered the collection and internal evaluation of applications of BU faculty for NEH Summer Stipends.
NEH Summer Stipends are awarded to individual scholars in the amount of a $6,000 award. Summer Stipends support full-time work on a humanities project at any stage of development for a period of two months. These are faculty fellowship applications requiring official institutional nomination, as such an initial application must be submitted to the BUCH office rather than through the OSP.
Internal Review Process:
This program allows two applications per institution and requires that faculty candidates are nominated by their institution. Faculty who would like to be considered for nomination should provide the follwing proposal material to the Center for the Humanities for internal review process (through the Center and the Office of Research in the Provost Office). Application should be submitted by email to the Center for the Humanities Administrator, Christine Loken-Kim (lokenkim@bu.edu), with a copy to Cara Ellis McCarthy (cellis@bu.edu) in the Office of the Provost:

1. Letter of recommendation from the appropriate Department Chair or Research Mentor, highlighting the nominee’s achievements and the basis for selection.

2. Description of the nominee’s proposed project (maximum length 3 pages), conveying the ideas, objectives, methods, and work plan.

3. Bibliography for project (maximum length 1 page)

3. Nominee’s biographical resume including publications (maximum length 2 single-spaced pages).

All nomination material should be received  by July 1, 2014 for internal review.  The 2014 NEH Receipt Deadline is September 30, 2014 and the submission is done via the Grant.gov website. Note, the NEH summer stipend program strongly recommends that internally selected applicants complete or verify their registration at least two weeks before the application deadline, as it take time for the registration to be processed.


rev. 5/27/14