The Georgetown Humanities Initiative seeks to foster the study and teaching of the humanities at Georgetown. Georgetown Humanities embraces a broad, inclusive conception of the humanities that recognizes the value of both traditional academic disciplines as well as novel interdisciplinary approaches.

In 2019, Georgetown Humanities launched its grants program with Georgetown Humanities Incubator Grants. These grants are now supporting three major research programs across campus, from a digital archive of the U Street Corridor to scholarship on global poetry to investigations of the intersection of history and science.

In 2020, the Georgetown Humanities Initiative welcomes proposals for Georgetown Humanities Booster Grants. These grants of up to $10,000 are intended to support—to boost—on-going research in the humanities across Georgetown. All full-time faculty (either individually or in teams) are invited to submit any proposal that fits within this broad call. 

Examples of possible proposals:

  • A book manuscript (or equivalent substantial piece of work) workshop inviting guests to comment on a work in progress (only for tenure-line assistant and associate professors)
  • Funds to support the public dimension of on-going or completed research through either events or media, such as a podcast
  • Support to develop new digital humanities skills to be employed in a research project
  • A conference to bring together authors who will contribute to an edited volume or special issue of a journal

Proposals should include:

  • A 1,500-word description of the proposed project, including the specific work to be funded by the grant. Proposals that incorporate a role for students in the proposed project are particularly welcome
  • Curricula vitae for all of the principal participants in the project
  • A timeline of proposed work on the project
  • A preliminary budget. Funds may be utilized for any associated research expenses as well as to support conferences and visiting scholars

Proposals are due February 15, 2020 and should be submitted as a single, compiled document via email to a Georgetown Box folder.

A committee of faculty will select the successful proposals from among those submitted. Any questions regarding this call for proposals should be directed to David Edelstein, Vice Dean of Faculty in Georgetown College