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Grant of the Week: Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Programs

Karen Lou | Mar 3, 2020

Every week, Perspectives Daily showcases a new grant, fellowship, or scholarship that has been posted to our free community calendar. This week we are featuring the Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Programs.


The Whiting Public Engagement Programs, including the Public Engagement Fellowship and the Public Engagement Seed Grant, are designed to celebrate and empower humanities faculty who embrace public engagement as part of the scholarly vocation. The programs fund ambitious, often collaborative projects to infuse into public life the richness, profundity, and nuance that give the humanities their lasting value.

The Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship is for public-facing projects far enough along in development or execution that the nominee can present compelling, specific evidence that they will successfully engage the intended public. For the strongest Fellowship proposals, both the overall strategy and the practical plan to implement the project will be deeply developed, relationships with key collaborators will be in place, and initial connections with the intended public will have been cultivated. In some cases, the nominee and collaborators may already have tested the idea in a pilot, or the project itself may already be underway. 

The Whiting Public Engagement Seed Grant supports projects at a somewhat earlier stage of development than the Fellowship, before the nominee has been able to establish a specific track record of success for the proposed public-facing work. It is not, however, designed for projects starting entirely from scratch: nominees should have fleshed out a compelling vision, including a clear sense of whose collaboration will be required and the ultimate scope and outcomes. They should also have articulated specific short-term next steps required to advance the project and understand the resources required to complete them.

The AHA may nominate up to four members for consideration. To apply, please follow the Whiting proposal guidelines and submit your proposal to by April 1, 2020.


The Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship has an award amount of $50,000. The Whiting Public Engagement Seed Grant has an award of $10,000. 

The programs are designed to be flexible. Nominees may propose to use the funds however will best meet the needs of the project. In the past, recipients have allocated funds for purposes including: 

• To support collaborators (individuals or organizations) for their time or work on the project;

• To purchase required equipment and supplies; 

• To cover necessary travel for the grantee or collaborators; 

• To obtain targeted training crucial to the project for themselves or others; and 

• To secure time, in the form of course release or longer leaves, if the project's needs warrant.

End: April 1, 2020


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