Mellon Grant and Conference

updated 9/6/2017

Engaged Humanities Mellon Grant

Please review these exciting opportunities in the Engaged Humanities provided by a major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The 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 (EH) Course Planning and Implementation Grants (College)

Proposals are due February 7, 2018

These competitive grants provide new opportunities for cross-disciplinary faculty to team-teach engaged humanities courses in the curriculum, particularly those that facilitate course-based research addressing problems or challenges facing the Winston-Salem community or our region, and which have the potential to be taught more than once.

  • Grants will support up to four pairs of cross-disciplinary faculty (including partnerships with Wake Forest’s law, medical, and divinity schools) planning to design and offer team-taught courses, linked courses or co-taught sequential courses that will engage students in public humanities and emphasize collaborative research or creative work.
    • Two grants will be awarded in project years two and three (two teams of two faculty members each, per year) at $4,000 per faculty (a total of eight participating faculty).
    • Each of the four EH teams will also receive $3,000 in research funds to support the implementation of class-based research.
    • Although planning will not typically include a course release, proposals may request up to one course release per faculty team.
  • Call for Proposals 2017: Course Planning Grants cover Summer 2018 and Course Implementation Grants cover Fall 2018 and/or Spring 2019, and/or possibly Summer 2019, according to each faculty team’s teaching plans.
2017 Course Planning and Implementation Grant Recipients

Judith Madera
Associate Professor of English

David Phillips
Associate Professor of
Interdisciplinary Humanities

will co-teach a course entitled Liquid Landscapes: Design, Networks, and Stories in Spring 2018.

Associate Professor of History and Program Coordinator for Cultural Heritage & Preservation Studies
Associate Professor of History
will co-teach sequential courses entitled Migrants and Refugees in Modern History (Fall 2017) and Issues in Public History (Spring 2018).


Click here for the Call for Proposals  – Summer 2018

The Reynolda Conference in the Engaged Humanities represents a contemporary revisiting of an intellectual practice in Reynolda House’s early history. These intensive, WFU faculty-led interdisciplinary week-long seminars will catalyze research, creative work, and course development in the engaged humanities and liberal arts at Wake Forest and beyond. In spring of 2017, a grant of $20,000 will be awarded to a WFU faculty member to plan, implement, and convene a Reynolda Conference at Reynolda House Museum of American Art in June 2018. Funding will cover the cost of hosting local, national, and international participants for a weeklong seminar.  The seminar must feature an event (panel discussion, lecture, etc.) that is open to the public.


Final proposals in PDF form are due to Executive Director of Reynolda House and Associate Provost for Reynolda House and Reynolda Gardens, Allison Perkins and Director of the WFU Humanities Institute and Professor of English, Dean Franco, by or before March 31, 2018. Notification of decisions will be made in April 2018.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a full draft of the proposal by February 15, 2018 in order to receive committee feedback and comments. Those intending to submit a draft of the proposal must first submit a completed cover page (only) to Allison Perkins and Dean Franco by February 1, 2018. All deadlines are firm.
Drafts will not be accepted for review after February 15.

Click here for more information.

Summary of Application Deadlines

February 1, 2018: Completed cover page is due if you plan to submit a full draft of your proposal by February 15th for committee review. No drafts will be reviewed without submission of the cover page by this date.

February 15, 2018: Full draft of the proposal is due if you wish to receive feedback on your proposal. No drafts will be accepted for review beyond this date.

March 31, 2018: Final proposals are due in PDF form.