Outside Opportunities


The BU Center for the Humanities allocates funds for humanities projects and fellowships on the BU campus. We also help our humanities faculty obtain 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.

The NEH Summer Stipends

Since 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 $6,000. 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. An initial application must be submitted to BUCH through the InfoReady Review portal.

Internal Review Process: This program allows two applications per institution and requires that faculty candidates be nominated by their institution. Faculty who would like to be considered for nomination should provide the following proposal material to the BU Center for the Humanities for internal review process (through the Center and the Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research).

1. Completed online application (preferred browser is Chrome; please do not use Safari).

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

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

4. Bibliography for project (maximum length, one page).

5. Nominee’s biographical résumé including publications (maximum length, two single-spaced pages).

All nomination material should be received by July 1, 2018 for internal review. The 2018 NEH Receipt Deadline is September 26, 2018 and the submission is done via the Grants.gov website (link below). 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 takes time for the registration to be processed.


The Office of the Associate Dean of Faculty/Humanities

The Office of the Associate Dean of Faculty/Humanities has compiled a list of available awards for humanities scholars, with their deadlines and criteria. Please visit this site to view the list.

Also in the Office of the Associate Deans, CAS has its own dedicated Proposal Development Specialist, Marla Krauss. She is ready and waiting to help you with the following services to help you in your search for outside funding:

1. Help faculty find funding, including introducing people to searchable finding databases.
2. Provide instruction to faculty unfamiliar or uncomfortable with grant writing.
3. Help with putting together budgets
4. Review/Proofread applications

Please feel free to stop by Marla’s office in 725 Commonwealth Avenue, CAS 115, to email her at Mkrauss@bu.edu, or to call her at (617) 358-5264.

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:

  • identify resources for research projects;
  • review and approve all research proposals before submission to external entities;
  • negotiate research agreements with external sponsors and subrecipient organizations;
  • accept and manage awards for sponsored research projects; and
  • maintain compliance with sponsor requirements during the life cycle of funded awards.

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.


Residential Fellowships 2018-19

Deadline has passed

The National Humanities Center invites applications for academic-year or one-semester residencies. Fellowship applicants must have a PhD or equivalent scholarly credentials. Mid-career as well as senior scholars from all areas of the humanities are welcome; emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work are also invited to apply. The Center does not normally support the revision of a doctoral dissertation. Located in the progressive Triangle region of North Carolina, the Center affords access to the rich cultural and intellectual communities supported by the area’s research institutes, universities, and dynamic arts scene. Fellows have private studies; the library service delivers all research materials. Scholars from all parts of the globe are eligible; a stipend and travel expenses are provided. The deadline for applications is October 18, 2017. http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/become-a-fellow/

The National Humanities Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national or ethnic origin, handicap, sexual orientation, or age. We are dedicated to fair treatment, diversity, and inclusion.

rev. 6/5/18