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


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 Grantseekers’ Institute, a semester-long introduction to the culture and practice of external funding idea and proposal development in these fields.

In light of the university’s move to “modified yellow” gathering risk status, this program will be entirely virtual, via Zoom.

The program will consist of six group sessions beginning in late September 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. 

Space is limited. Deadline to apply is Friday, September 10, 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 November.

Topics to be covered

  • Clarifying Your Project
  • Identifying Potential Funding Sources and Determining “Fit”
  • Ensuring Emory Support
  • Reaching Out to a Potential Funder
  • The Reviewers’ Perspective
  • 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 In-Person and Zoom workshops and individual mentoring/proposal feedback


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

  • Sept 24, noon-1 pm
    Clarifying Your Project, Identifying Potential Funding Sources, and Determining “Fit”
  • Late Sept/early OctFirst individual mentoring consultations: idea development feedback 

  • Oct 1, noon-1 pm
    Ensuring Emory Support and Reaching Out to a Potential Funder

  • Oct 8, 10-11am and 12-1pm
    Writing Your Proposal, Part 1
    • Typical proposal structure
    • The parts of a proposal
    • Goals, objectives, rationale, and outcomes
    • Writing a competitive proposal narrative
  • Oct 15, noon-1 pm
    Developing a Budget For Your Grant

  • Mid-late October ­– Second individual mentoring consultations: proposal draft feedback

  • Oct 29, 12-1 pm
    Mock Proposal Review Panel

  • Nov 5, 10-11am and 12-1pm
    Writing Your Proposal, Part 2
    • Writing a compelling project summary
    • Writing for reviewers
    • Review criteria and the review process
    • Read and discuss examples of funded proposals


  • 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 Oct 8 and Nov 5 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 September and October send their mentors a draft of a project description (September) and proposal (October) a week in advance of the meeting.


Please complete and submit the form at the below link no later than September 10, 2021.

Apply here


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

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