Grantseekers’ Institute for Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences Scholars


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. Previous program participants have successfully applied for NEH Summer Stipend and American Academy of Religion funding, among others, for their work.

The institute consists of six group sessions – all via Zoom – beginning mid-September 2022, 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 Friday, September 2, 2022.

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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 December.

Topics to be covered

  • Clarifying Your Project
  • Identifying Potential Funding Sources and Determining “Fit”
  • Ensuring Emory Support
  • Reaching Out to a Potential Funder
  • Developing a Budget for your Grant
  • Writing Your Proposal
  • Mock Grant Review Panel


To help 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 Fridays throughout the semester. All group meetings via Zoom.

  • Sept 16, noon-1 pm
    Clarifying Your Project, Identifying Potential Funding Sources, and Determining “Fit”
  • Late Sept/early Oct – First individual mentoring consultations: idea development feedback 

  • Sept 30, noon-1 pm
    Ensuring Emory Support and Reaching Out to a Potential Funder

  • Oct 14, 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 28, noon-1 pm
    Developing a Budget For Your Grant

  • Late October/Early November ­– Second individual mentoring consultations: proposal draft feedback

  • Nov 11, 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
  • Dec 2, noon-1 pm
    Mock Grant Review Panel


  • 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 14 and Nov 511 sessions on “Writing Your Proposal.”
  • Participants will be expected to develop a draft proposal during the course of the institute.
  • Participants are responsible for contacting their assigned mentors during the course of the program to schedule their individual consultations and sending their mentors a draft of a project description and proposal a week in advance of their conversations.


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Applications due no later than September 2, 2022.