College of Liberal Arts

How to Apply

The 2020 HRA competition closed Friday, November 20, 2020.

Humanities Research Award Guidelines, 2020-2021

Humanities Research Awards provide funding for tenured and tenure-track faculty in the College of Liberal Arts whose work falls within the disciplines of the humanities. The awards support faculty in their effort to bring a research project already in progress to completion, and the expectation is that the recipient will produce one or more publications and make his or her work known to the academic community through conferences and other venues. The award is $5,000 for three consecutive years, for a total of $15,000, to be disbursed by the faculty member’s home department against documented research expenses. 

Funding may be used year-round for research-related expenses. Recipients are expected to maintain their regular teaching and service duties in the course of the award period, unless they are funded by an external grant during that time. Please review the Guidelines for Use of Humanities Research Award Funds. Applications from past recipients will be considered if the funding will support a different project.

We will post questions and responses on a rolling basis to HRA Questions and Answers. 

Deadline: Submit applications by email to by Friday, November 20, 2020. The email must include all four application documents attached in pdf format. Submit final documents only.

Application Checklist

The application includes four documents:

  1. Application Cover Sheet
  2. A two-page project description, detailing the current state of the project and your future plans
  3. Two-page C.V., highlighting your research trajectory
  4. Detailed budget, including timeline, for the duration of the award (December 2020 - August 2023)

Applications will be prescreened for completeness and eligibility of applicants. Applications that do not meet these criteria will not be considered. If more than one application is received from a unit, the unit chair/director will be asked to rank the applications. 


Application Cover Sheet:  Fill in every field of the cover sheet.

Two-page project description: Description must demonstrate that the project is underway and that the researcher utilizes humanities methods, as opposed to methods from the natural or social sciences. Humanities research employs methods that are interpretive and analytical in nature. While humanities projects sometimes involve some amount of data analysis, projects that rely significantly on data analysis are unlikely to receive high scores for this award.

Two-page C.V.: The C.V. should emphasize your research trajectory through publications, presentations, and research support.

Detailed Budget: The committee will look closely at budgets to ascertain the feasibility of the research and to confirm that the applicant intends to use the HRA for approved costs (see document “Guidelines for the Use of Humanities Research Award Funds”).  See also this sample budget.


Some things to consider


Long-term lodging: HRA funds may be used to cover lodging expenses associated with research travel. They may not be used for a semester in residence at another institution.

Lodging: For hotel costs, include the number of nights times the cost per night.

Childcare expenses: If such expenses are anticipated, follow the guidelines developed for Faculty Travel Grants (Extra Childcare Expenses).


A one-page report will be due by September 30 each year of the funding cycle. This report should include a brief description of accomplishments to date, a listing of papers submitted/published, relevant presentations, and grant proposals submitted or funded as a result of the Humanities Research Award.


Recipients will meet occasionally as a group to discuss their work.


  • Tenured and tenure-track faculty in the College of Liberal Arts.
  • The project is significantly underway.
  • The budget reflects that funds will be used for research expenses.
  • If the applicant is a previous recipient of the HRA, the funding will support a different project.
  • Awards to assistant professors who are being considered for promotion to associate professor will not be confirmed until the successful conclusion of the tenure process
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Download a PDF of the Eligibility Guidelines here.


Please consult the current HRA Questions and Answers page. If you have additional questions, contact Liberal Arts Grants Services

The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, November 20, 2020