Funding Opportunities

The Mellon PhD Interventions Project is pleased to make several funding opportunities available to graduate faculty, graduate students and innovative cross-program proposals. 

Professional Development Support for Public Humanities Engagement and Career Exploration for PhD Students

The Laney Graduate School and the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry invite Emory PhD students in the humanities and humanistically oriented social sciences to apply for PDS awards of up to $2,500 to explore connections between their humanities research and related work being done on or beyond campus in the public sphere and to explore non-academic career pathways for doctorally trained humanists. On campus institutions engaging in public outreach would include The Carter Center, Halle Institute, Michael C. Carlos Museum, etc. Beyond-campus institutions would include foundations, businesses, NGOs, etc.

Funds may be used to cover costs associated with an internship or job-shadowing opportunity; travel to meet with professionals at specific organizations, institutions, or professional meetings; or to obtain relevant competency or leadership training not available at Emory. Exploratory projects with the potential to increase public engagement are welcome. These funds are distinct from PDS funds and will not affect your PDS balance.

Course Development Grants for Graduate Faculty

The Laney Graduate School and the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry invite Emory humanities and humanistically oriented social science faculty to apply for course development grants to integrate public scholarship and / or new skill-sets such as digital scholarship, data visualization, project management, grant-writing, etc. into existing or new PhD level courses. Curricular innovations might range from the development of a new assignment – e.g., a series of shorter essays written for a mainstream publication rather than a long form essay – to the creation of an entirely new course taught in collaboration with individuals from another department or one of Emory’s professional schools (e.g., a course on medical narrative with faculty from the School of Nursing or narratives of evidence with faculty from the School of Law).

Grants ranging from $3,000 to $6,000 will be awarded to individual faculty or teams of faculty. The grant may be used to fund pedagogical training crucial for implementing a new course; modest summer salary support; books and materials; consultants; or other necessary and well justified expenses.

New courses developed must be integrated into PhD program requirements and not considered as supplemental add-ons to candidacy requirements. Proposals should indicate likelihood of incorporation into faculty teaching load (for example, every other year, every three years).

Course revisions must be reviewed and approved by the Laney Graduate School Executive Council. New courses may be taught as Special Topics Courses twice before requiring Executive Council approval.

PhD Program Intervention Grants

The Laney Graduate School and the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry invite faculty in humanistically oriented PhD programs to develop innovative, cross-program proposals responding to at least two of the twelve challenges and suggested reforms identified in the Mellon Foundation Report Reforming Doctoral Education. In addition to reviewing the Mellon documents, faculty developing proposals may wish to consult the Council of Graduate School’s Promising Practices in Humanities PhD Professional Development to learn about innovations at other universities.

Participating programs will each receive up to $10,000 per year for two years, in support of their joint project. A sample project would be a series of colloquia on the politics of public display, co-moderated by an Art Historian and a Hispanist, focusing on the collections of the Hispano-American Society in New York City, and leading to the design of a virtual exhibition at the HAS. Such a project would touch upon three of the twelve challenges discussed in the Mellon report: Diversity, Professional Identity and Public Engagement, and Pedagogy. Alternatively, programs may wish to focus on the report’s recommendations to re-examine the structure of qualifying examinations and other degree requirements, including the nature and norms of the dissertation project itself.

Allowable expenses include salary for student assistants, visits by faculty or public scholars from other institutions, mini-conferences and colloquia, and joint program retreats. Participating faculty and students will report on their projects at Directors of Graduate Studies meetings and at Mellon project events.