2020-21 Whiting Public Engagement Programs

[The call for nominations is now closed. Invited schools and societies will be asked to nominate for the 2020-21 cycle in the spring of 2019.]

The Whiting Foundation has invited the School of Humanities to nominate one faculty member for its Public Engagement Fellowship and one for its Public Engagement Seed Grant.

Fund information:

The Public Engagement Fellowship of $50,000 is for projects far enough into development or execution to present specific, compelling evidence that they will successfully engage the intended public. For the strongest Fellowship proposals, both the overall strategy and the practical plan to implement the project will be deeply developed, relationships with key collaborators will be in place, and connections with the intended public will have been cultivated. In some cases, the nominee and collaborators may have tested the idea in a pilot, or the project itself may already be underway.

The Public Engagement Seed Grant of up to $10,000 supports projects at a somewhat earlier stage of development than the Fellowship, before the nominee has been able to establish a specific track record of success for the proposed public-facing work. It is not, however, designed for projects starting entirely from scratch: nominees should have fleshed out a compelling vision, including a clear sense of whose collaboration will be required and the ultimate scope and outcomes. They should also have articulated specific short-term next steps required to advance the project and understand the resources required to complete them. We anticipate that a recipient might use the grant, for example, to test the project on a smaller scale or to engage deeply with collaborators or the intended public.


To be eligible for either program, nominees must have been full-time humanities faculty for at least two academic years as of September 2018; they must be pre-tenure, untenured, or have received tenure in the last five years.

How to apply:

The full guidelines for the two programs are available online here, including the link to the application portal for nominees. Faculty interested in these programs should apply internally via form below, and the School will forward the name of one nominee for each program to the Whiting Foundation. Selected nominees will be required to submit comprehensive proposals.

Key dates:

TBD - Internal Letter of Intent
TBD - Internal Selection of Nominee(s)
TBD - Whiting Foundation Application