Mellon Grant Opportunities

updated 3/29/2019

Engaged Humanities Mellon Grant

Please see below for more information on these exciting opportunities in the Engaged Humanities provided by a second major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon FoundationCheck back for 2020 opportunities.

– Entanglements:  A Conference on the Intersections of Poetry, Science, and Art
– Engaged Humanities Course Planning Grants
– Course Localization Summer Planning Grant
FOR STUDENTS: Arts and Humanities Fellowships

The Andrew W. Mellon Grant aims to advance work in the engaged humanities across the university and builds especially on ongoing faculty interest in cross-disciplinary collaboration, digital scholarship, and partnerships between the WFU Reynolda campus, historic Reynolda, WFU at the Innovation Quarter, and our surrounding community in Winston-Salem and beyond.

Engaged Humanities Course Planning Grants

2020 Proposal Deadline:  Friday, February 7, 2020, 5:00 pm
The primary goal of the Engaged Humanities (EH) Course Planning Grants is to provide new opportunities for cross-disciplinary faculty to team-teach engaged humanities courses in the curriculum, specifically those that facilitate course-based research addressing problems or challenges facing the Winston-Salem community, and which have the potential to be offered more than once. The grants will also support more publicly engaged courses in the curriculum, knowing that class-based research that takes on real world challenges often calls for cross-disciplinary, collaborative efforts.

Engaged humanities are endeavors within or extending from humanities disciplines and discourses which open fields of study to questions, problems, and projects focused on pressing needs. Examples of new course offerings which Engaged Humanities grants might be used to plan and implement include: a co-taught course in Law and Religious Studies that documents and addresses the challenges facing religious minorities in Winston-Salem; paired courses in Political Science and Art that examine public art as means of local political engagement; linked courses in Literature and Bioethics that focus on contemporary narratives of aging and illness; or linked courses in Economics and History that examine the history of economic inequality in Winston-Salem.

  • The Engaged Humanities Course Grants will support up to four pairs of cross-disciplinary faculty (which may include partnerships with Wake Forest’s law, medical, and divinity schools) to design and offer either team-taught courses, linked courses, or co-taught sequential courses that will engage students in public-humanities and emphasize collaborative research or creative work.
  • It is expected that two grants will be awarded in project year two, four grants in project year three, and further two grants in project year 4 to support the implementation of the course(s). The planning grant provides a one-course buyout per professor in support for each faculty member in the Engaged Humanities team.

Course Localization Summer Planning Grant

2020 Proposal Deadline:  Friday, February 7, 2020, 5:00 pm
Funding from the second Mellon grant will create opportunities for engaged learning and research while developing partnerships between faculty, students, and local communities. Courses that focus on public research and experiential learning are particularly effective for generating new insights into long-standing structural problems at the local level. As such, one goal of the second Mellon grant is to promote pedagogy and research that could help improve relationships between Wake Forest and the communities of Winston Salem and Forsyth County. The Course Localization Summer Planning Grant provides an opportunity for faculty to focus their research interests on issues that are critically important for members of the local community, including but not limited to, housing and gentrification, environmental justice, environmental degradation, pollution, political activism, food insecurity, migrants and refugees, K-12 education, and the history of racism.

The Office of the Dean of the College invites proposals from faculty to transform an existing course into one that is locally engaged and/or that addresses issues that are significant and important for the local community.

  • “Locally engaged” courses are broadly defined, and faculty members should consider how this grant can help support current and ongoing research interests.
  • Two summer stipends of $3,000 each will be awarded for Summer 2019 to selected faculty members who want to localize one of their courses.

2020 Proposal/Faculty Mentor Letters Due:  Friday, February 7, 2020, 5:00 pm
The grant will fund twenty Arts and Humanities Fellowships over three years to support student-faculty pairs who wish to conduct community engaged research projects. Please note that these Mellon fellowships are in addition to regularly funded URECA Arts and Humanities Fellowships.  Students should complete the standard WFRF application, ignoring the 10 week requirement.

The Wake Forest Arts and Humanities Fellowship is aimed at increasing the number of arts and humanities students involved in summer collaborations with professors by allowing them a shorter time span for their projects than currently offered by the Wake Forest Research Fellowship Program (WFRF). The Wake Forest Arts and Humanities Fellowship is a five-week or ten-week opportunity for undergraduates to work with faculty mentors in Divisions I, II, and III. Arts and Humanities students are reminded that in addition to this program they remain eligible for the standard ten-week WFRF.

Arts and humanities projects will be conducted over a five-week period that aligns with either of the Wake Forest University summer school sessions. The award provides a $2000 stipend. If on-campus housing is desired, the award will also provide for one-half the cost of a double room for one summer session. So that students can devote their entire energies toward their projects, Wake Forest Arts and Humanities Fellowship recipients may not enroll in summer school courses during the session in which they are conducting their projects.

2019 Course Localization Summer Planning Grant Recipients

Meredith Farmer
Assistant Teaching Professor of English
Old Salem’s Hidden Town

Sarah Lischer
Associate Professor of Politics
& International Affairs
The Politics of Forced Migration

2019 Engaged Humanities Course Planning Grant Recipients
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Assistant Professor of the Practice, Journalism

Together, Gallegos and Weiss will develop two companion courses entitled Documenting Truth and Authenticity and the Philosophy of Truth and Authenticity.

Weiss was awarded funding for his solo course Environmental Journalism provided by the first Mellon grant.