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Grant Development Workshop

Helping Faculty Secure External Funding for their Scholarship

Workshop Dates: January 14 and 15; February 18 and 19
Application Deadline: 6 p.m., Sunday, November 8

The Humanities Center seeks applications for a new winter Grant Development Workshop coordinated by Mary Jean Corbett, Distinguished Professor of English.  Each participant will receive $250 in professional expenses and a one-on-one proposal review with Dr. Fred Winter, former Program Officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities.  

Teams developing collaborative grant applications will also be eligible to receive up to $2,000 to support on-campus events related to their research proposal during the 2021-2022 year.

This is an excellent opportunity to receive expert guidance about how to identify and secure significant external funding to support humanities research.  Faculty at all ranks are encouraged to apply.

The Grant Development Workshop begins with a Humanities Grant Information Session on Zoom in early January.  Each participant and team will then circulate a draft proposal to the workshop by January 11. Participants are expected to write reader’s reports on two other proposals and to read and offer constructive feedback on all proposals.  Workshop sessions are tentatively scheduled for January 14 and 15 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.  Depending on Covid restrictions, they may take place on Zoom.  Fred Winter of NEH will give a talk on "How to Win Humanities Grants" at 5 p.m. on Feb. 18.  Workshop participants will receive individual consultations with Fred on Feb. 18 or 19.  

Those interested in working as part of a team or developing a cross-institutional or international collaborations are strongly encouraged to apply. Faculty from other institutions are welcome to join the workshop as part of team including Miami faculty.  Interested faculty are encouraged to explore NEH and other collaborative grant opportunities, which provide $50,000-$250,000 for a range of activities, from the hosting of symposia to complex, multi-year, team projects. Deadlines for some such opportunities come in the fall, long after the workshop ends, so faculty should apply even if they only beginning to contemplate a collaboration.  

A simple application is due by 6 p.m., Sunday, November 8.  Please submit a c.v. and a statement of no more than one page describing your proposed project and your interest in the program. In your statement, please indicate your position and years of service at Miami and the current status of your project. Those applying in teams should briefly indicate how they might use up to $2,000 in center funding for start-up events related to their collaboration during the next academic year. In selecting participants, the Humanities Center Steering Committee will consider scholarly record, potential impact of the project, progress to date, likelihood of success, and career stage. Please submit your application as a single PDF titled "[YourLastName] Workshop Application" to  Please write “Grant Development Program” in the subject heading of your message.

The workshop will have a limited number of places.  In order to help the Humanities Center gauge preliminary interest in the program for planning purposes, potentially interested faculty are encouraged to indicate interest by sending a one sentence email to

This program is funded by the Humanities Center and the Office of Research and Innovation.  The Humanities Center extends gratitude to Heather Johnston, Alicia Knoedler, and Michael Crowder for their support of this program.

About Fred Winter

Fred has been involved in national efforts on behalf of higher education for more than 40 years.  He has broad experience in higher education philanthropy and development, federal education grant making, the design and implementation of education programs for underserved constituencies, undergraduate curriculum development, the use of emerging digital technologies in higher education, and non-traditional approaches to employment for recipients of humanities doctorates.  

Before he retired from federal service in 2014 Fred was a senior program officer in the Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of PostsecondaryEducation (FIPSE) and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) Division of Education Programs, Office of Challenge Grants, and Office of Digital Humanities.  He also designed and managed federal grant programs for historically Black, Hispanic-serving, and American Indian colleges and universities.  His work at NEH included liaison projects with the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, and selected non-profit foundations. 

In addition to his work in federal grant making, Fred is an experienced fundraiser.  He directed the development office at the Association of American Colleges and Universities and was the director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Hood College.  

When he moved to Washington, DC, in 1993, he was a tenured Professor of Classics atThe Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the undergraduate program at Brooklyn College.  Fred received his B.A. in Classical Greek Language from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Fred is currently vice-chair of the board of the Council of American OverseasResearch Centers, and he serves on the Cultural Heritage Committee of the American Schools of Oriental Research. He is a past president of the DC Higher Education Group and the New York Society of the Archaeological Institute of America.

Writing for the Public

Bringing Humanities Research to a Wide Audience

This 2020 workshop was designed for faculty members seeking to write and publish for broad audiences. The workshop  included practical exercises, information on pitching and crafting articles and book manuscripts, and collaborative discussion of participant writing. Participants left the workshop with a project proposal or short article ready to pitch or submit for publication. The workshop led to eight publications in outlets including The Conversation, Popula, Quartz, and two in The Washington Post.

Writing for the Public took place Thursday, January 23 and Friday, January 24, 2020. The workshop was led by Christopher Schaberg, Dorothy Harrell Brown Distinguished Professor of English at Loyola University of New Orleans.  Schaberg is founding co-editor (with Ian Bogost) of an essay and book series called Object Lessons, “a home for lucid, imaginative, concise writing about specific things—from conches to neckties, cinnamon ferns to sewing needles.”  Schaberg and Bogost won National Endowment for the Humanities support for a series of NEH Institutes on public writing around the United States.  Schaberg is the author of The Textual Life of Airports: Reading the Culture of Flight (2012), The End of Airports (2015), Airportness: The Nature of Flight (2017) and The Work of Literature in an Age of Post-Truth (2018).  He is editor (with Robert Bennett) of Deconstructing Brad Pitt (2014) and Airplane Reading (2016, with Mark Yakich).

Professor Schaberg also gave a public talk, Object Lessons: From Private Idea to Public Humanities at 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 23.

Writing for the public was open to all full-time faculty members in the humanities, broadly construed. Visiting faculty were eligible to apply. Participants committed to writing and circulating a suitable article or proposal with the workshop group no later than Friday, January 17, 2020. Participants were also expected meet with a small peer group during the week prior to Christopher Schaberg's visit; to provide constructive feedback on the work of all other participants (including one or more written commentaries); to attend all workshop sessions; and to attend Professor Schaberg's talk at 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 23.

Applications were due December 1, 2019 and consisted of a c.v. and a statement of no more than one page describing the proposed project, project status and the applicant's interest in the program, position,  years of service at Miami.  In selecting participants, the Humanities Center Steering Committee considered scholarly record, potential public impact of the proposed project, progress to date, and career stage.  

Book Proposal Workshops

Helping Faculty Members Publish Their Monographs

The Humanities Center offers book proposal workshops frequently to help faculty hone and publish monotraphs. These workshops are open to all full-time faculty in the humanities, broadly construed.  

Selected participants agree to submit to the Humanities Center a draft book proposal of at least 4 single-spaced pages by a specified time in early January.  Proposals are circulated shortly thereafter to members of the workshop for review and critique.  Participants are expected to review model proposals, provide constructive oral feedback on all other proposals and write detailed reader's reports on two proposals. The workshop coordinator tries to see that each proposal receives one reader's report from a faculty member in or near the author's field and one from a faculty member in a distant field. The workshop will meets for roughly eight hours over two days, including a welcome lunch, a small reception, and a presentation on humanities grant opportunities.  

Topics covered include the transition from dissertation to book, the creation and submission of a  book proposal, contacting and working with editors, and repurposing the book proposal for grant applications. All members of the workshop will receive detailed feedback on their proposals (and, to some extent, on their books) from peers and the workshop coordinator.  Participants will receive $250 to support their research as well as a one-on-one consultation with a university press editor early in the spring semester. The editor will also give a talk on scholarly publishing, and workshop participants are expected to attend.  Applicants should realize that visiting editors are consultants only and are not on campus to solicit material for publication.

Application is simple consisting of a  c.v. and a brief statement describing the book project and its status as well as the applicant's interest, position, and years of service at Miami.

In selecting participants, the Humanities Center Steering Committee considers scholarly record, progress on the project, and career stage.  

The Humanities Center's 2019 workshop, "From Dissertation to Book," was coordinated by Steven Conn, W. E. Smith Professor of History and provided one-on-one consulations with Nancy Toff, Executive Editor at Oxford University Press. The Humanities Center's 2018 Book Proposal Workshop was led by Elaine Miller, Professor of Philosophy, and included one-on-one consultations with Courtney Berger, Senior Editor and Editorial Department Manager at Duke University Press.  

In some years, the Book Proposal Workshops is not offered so the the Center can offer programs on Writing for the Public or Digital Humanities methods.    

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