Grantseekers’ Institute for Early-Career Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences Scholars

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Early-career faculty in humanities and humanistic social sciences fields university-wide are invited to apply for the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence’s first Grantseekers’ Institute, a semester-long introduction to the culture and practice of external funding idea and proposal development in these fields.

The program will consist of six group sessions via Zoom beginning in February 2021, plus two separately scheduled one-on-one consultations for the participants with a faculty mentor selected to provide individual feedback on a proposal idea or draft. 

Deadline to apply is January 15, 2021. Apply here.

Develop A Proposal As You Go

Participants are expected to begin the program with a potential project for possible external funding to develop during the course of the institute, which will conclude in early May.

Topics to be covered

  • Clarifying Your Project
  • Identifying Potential Funding Sources and Determining “Fit”
  • Ensuring Emory Support
  • Reaching Out to a Potential Funder
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Grant Writing
  • Writing Your Proposal


To help early career humanities/humanistic fields faculty understand grants culture in academe and to help them develop a proposal. 


Combination of Zoom workshops and individual mentoring/proposal feedback


Six Thursdays throughout the semester, plus two individually scheduled meetings with mentors:

  • Feb 4 – Clarifying Your Project, Identifying Potential Funding Sources, and Determining “Fit” (noon-1pm)
  • Late Feb – Individual mentoring consultations: idea development feedback 
  • Mar 4 — Ensuring Emory Support and Reaching Out to a Potential Funder (noon-1pm)
  • Mar 18 — Budgets (noon-1pm)
  • Apr 1 — Faculty Panel Discussion on the Do’s and Don’ts of Grant Writing (noon-1pm)
  • Apr 8 — Writing Your Proposal Part 1 (two sessions: 10-11am AND 12-1pm)
  • Late Apr — Individual mentoring consultations: proposal feedback 
  • May 6 — Writing Your Proposal Part 2 (two sessions: 10-11am AND 12-1pm)


  • Applicants must submit a short (500 words max) description of a project for which they would like to seek funding. If they have a possible funding source in mind, they should include that information. 
  • Applicants must be able to attend most of the sessions, especially the April 8 and May 6 sessions on “Writing Your Proposal.”
  • Participants will be expected to develop a draft proposal during the course of the institute.
  • Participants must contact their assigned mentors during the course of the program to schedule their individual consultations in late February and April and send their mentors a draft of a project description (February) and proposal (April) a week in advance of the meeting.


Please complete and submit the form at this link no later than January 15, 2021.

Application Form 


Please contact Allison Adams, associate director for scholarly writing and research, CFDE, for more information:

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