Humanities Mentored Experience Grants 2021

H-MEGs support student-centered, faculty-driven research experiences up to $10,000 per year.

Proposals for 2021 are due November 13.

H-MEGs can be applied to two project categories: developmental and labs. You should indicate the kind of grant you are seeking in the application form and your proposal should reflect the appropriate parameters. 

  1. Developmental grants are for new projects with a shorter (1-year) horizon for completion or proof of concept. Start-up projects or standalone pieces of a larger project may be appropriate for this grant. Grant recipients must provide an outcomes report at the end of the calendar year. 
  2. Lab grants involve longer term (3-year) established projects that may include multiple generations of students, or student involvement over multiple years. They should provide a common set of mentoring outcomes for all students, but may involve more faculty or various faculty at different stages of the research. This grant requires annual interim reports and an outcomes report at the end of the 3-year cycle. 

H-MEGs support research with the following characteristics:

  • Student-centered
    Funded projects will show how the mentoring process will foster meaningful learning outcomes for the students involved. Projects will typically involve multiple students over an extend period (beyond the scope of a typical classroom experience).
  • Faculty-driven
    Funded projects will reflect faculty research interests. The project should contribute meaningfully to the participating faculty’s research agenda even as it fosters a strong mentoring environment for students.
  • Budget-based
    Proposals include a budget detailing the costs for all essential elements needed for the project. All unused funds must be returned to the college at the conclusion of the grant period.
  • Well-defined
    In scope, methodology, and outcomes, funded projects offer clear parameters with significant but achievable goals.

Mentoring Principles

  1. Students should have access to faculty (or mentoring teams) for sufficient time to allow development of personal and professional relationships.
  2. Students should be involved in programs and processes wherein scholarship and academic activities constitute the core of their experiences.
  3. Students should be given the opportunity to grow in skills and increase in responsibility in the project or experience.
  4. Mentored experiences may involve many different forms where environments are clearly learning-centered and enable humanities college faculty to engage with students.

Key Characteristics

  1. Mentoring in teaching activities should extend well beyond the routine tasks associated with teaching to the development of new concepts of learning or new pedagogical materials.
  2. Mentoring experiences may facilitate faculty development and should contribute to the university in meaningful ways.
  3. Where appropriate, students should become co-authors or co-creators of some significant work and make a public presentation of their project’s results.
  4. In humanities disciplines mentored experiences provide significant responsibility and opportunity to the students in a research or writing environment. Such relationships differ from regular employment as research assistants in the level of responsibility and independence required of the students. These projects often lead to publication or other professionalizing output for students.

Proposals must include the following elements informed by the above principles and characteristics:

  • Description of the project, its background, significance and methods
  • Qualifications, Experiences, Successes in Mentoring
  • Anticipated Outcomes Related to Mentoring
  • Budget and Timeline

Review the application form for specific details. 

Funding should be used before December 31, 2021.

Outcomes reports are due December 1, 2021.

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