ISLA Announces 2022 Humanities Without Walls Seed Funding

Author: Josh Tychonievich

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ISLA invites seed funding applications for the 2022 Humanities Without Walls Grand Research Challenge: Reciprocity and Redistribution. Grants of up to $2500 will be awarded to teams of researchers to help develop collaborations and to prepare proposals before the November full-proposal deadline (full proposals can request up to $150,000). In addition to funding, seed grant recipients will receive proposal support from ISLA staff and HWW directly.


Research teams must include at least one, tenure-line faculty member from the Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters as the lead PI and at least one of the following:

  • Participant(s) from another institution in HWW’s consortium, or
  • Participant(s) from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and regional and community colleges, or
  • Participant(s) from community organizations (excluding for-profit entities).

Research projects may cover a wide range of topics and disciplines, but they must engage HWW’s theme of Reciprocity and Redistribution. HWW defines “the humanities” broadly, following the 1965 National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act:

“The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.”


Applications for HWW seed funding should be submitted as Proposal Development Grants through ISLA’s Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grant program by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on May 1, 2022. 

Seed-Grant Application requirements:

  • A 3-page proposal describing preliminary ideas for a research project, its importance, and feasibility. Proposals should also outline a timeline for submitting the final grant application by the deadline.
  • CVs for faculty and short (c. 200-word) bios for community partners who will participate in the project.
  • Short (c. 200-word) descriptions of each team member’s contributions to the research project
  • A budget for the seed funding grant with detailed explanations of each item

Feel free to contact Josh Tychonievich, ISLA Research Development Program Director, with questions.