To encourage the continued development of an intellectual community around the arts and arts practice at BU and enhance our student-life experience, the BU Arts Initiative offers research grants for graduate and undergraduate research, as well as grants to faculty, students, and staff for projects that directly engage students in the arts. Committees of faculty, staff, and students review all proposals. All BU Arts Initiative arts grants are subject to fiscal year restrictions and must be used in the fiscal year awarded.
Interdisciplinary Arts Programming Grants
Interdisciplinary Arts Programming Grants: Deadline for Spring ’23 Programs – October 14, 2022.
These are matching grants are available to faculty, staff and students, and are intended to fund programming that is open to any BU student and 1) engages BU students in the arts and 2) explores the intersection of arts and other academic disciplines. Priority will be given to programs developed and sponsored by more than one of BU’s 17 different colleges/schools. We also expect that projects embrace the university priorities of inclusion and enhancing the student-life experience. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about any of the grant information or procedures. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. We recommend printing these criteria and reviewing them carefully before submitting your proposal.
- Projects must be focused on engaging BU students in arts activity or an academic exploration of the arts
- $2,000 maximum
- The BU Arts Initiative will match existing funds and will not fund more than 50% of a project (i.e. you must have 50% of the funds from elsewhere – in kind [time, supplies, etc.] does not apply)
- Cross-School projects must be funded by both schools (this may be waved for student initiated projects)
- The program should be open to all BU students and the location and marketing plan should support that
- The project coordinator is responsible for arranging and managing the event and securing appropriate permissions
- Statements and contact information from proposed partners must be included
- The project must be sponsored by a university office or program willing to financially manage the project. The BU Arts Initiative only transfers funds to the sponsoring office. We will not financially manage a grant project
- A detailed budget of both income and specific expenditures for the entire project must be submitted with your application or separately to email@example.com – proposals without budget submissions will not be considered.
- Funds must be used for honoraria or other program elements including facilities, equipment, marketing
- Funds cannot be used for food (receptions, dinners, etc.) or to cover event organizer costs (travel, etc.)
- Proposals by students for projects required for coursework cannot be considered
- A post-project report will be required within 30 days of the completion of the project
- Grantees are expected to track student participation (specific names and BU ID) for reporting
Arts Integration: Supporting arts integration for non-arts-related courses
We accept applications on a rolling basis, but funds are limited.
Arts integration grants support the use of the arts as a tool for teaching non-arts disciplines. Faculty may apply for up to $500 to support arts-related expenses for undergraduate and graduate courses. Possible initiatives might include a visiting artist, a class visit to a performance or exhibition, or arts material for the classroom. (Funds may not be used for refreshments.)
Priority will be given to new initiatives in integrating the arts into a course.
RA/GA Programming Grants
We accept applications on a rolling basis, but funds are limited.
The BU Arts Initiative has a small fund to support RA/GA arts programming. Please fill out the application linked below.
Graduate Arts Research Grants
Funding of up to $3000 available for graduate arts research projects. Funds are limited and proposals will be competitive.
The research may be traditional research of the arts (e.g., musicology, art history, study of performance or literature of any kind), practice based research, or research from any discipline on the impact of the arts.
Full-time students in good academic standing in either a master’s or doctoral program are eligible. BS/MS or BA/MA students who clearly will be in the graduate portion of their degree program during the period of proposed support are eligible. The project should be directly related to the applicant’s completion of degree requirements (e.g., thesis or dissertation work, independent study or directed research, a capstone requirement in the program, etc). A student may receive this form of support only once.
UROP Arts Research Awards
The UROP Arts Research Awards are offered to support a student pursuing the arts as a primary area of inquiry. This would include traditional methods of inquiry in an arts field, as well as practice-based and practice-led research. Here is what 2020 Award winners had to say.
“I had an absolutely incredible summer bringing this piece to life. Over the past 10 weeks, I was able to devote all of my time to a project that had been sitting in the back of my head for months, and I’m so proud of the results!” Nadia Frye Leinhos, whose project –When the Catalyst “Can Take It”: The Performance of Violence in the Black Female Body – interrogates the notion of “race blind” casting in theatre through the lens of three plays from the London West End 2019-2020 season. Looking specifically at black female actors, and examining their characters’ positions in each story’s violent climax.
“The experience of working on this project was an incredible one. As my first venture into serious art-historical scholarship, this project only served to affirm my passion for modern culture, history, and art production.” Claire Rich, whose project – Women Artists 1918 – 1939: “Feminine Painting” in the Parisian Interwar Period explored exclusively female artist societies, where prominent painters such as Tamara de Lempicka and Marie Laurencin, among others, constructed their own female oriented art-historical narrative as a means of challenging popular discourse about the role of women in the arts.
“I am so grateful to this program for giving me the resources to conduct research that has given me valuable experience in my field of study. Being able to work on this project, even remotely at home, has given me extra confidence in my abilities and inspiration to work on more projects like this in the future.” Anna Schoff, whose project – Computational Analysis of Ancient Greek Poetic Meterdeveloped a Python program that could analyze the meter of Ancient Greek hexameter poetry.