Humanities Mentored Experience Grants

H-MEGs support student-centered, faculty-driven research experiences up to $10,000 for year-long and $5,000 for short-term grants. 

H-MEGs can be applied to three project categories: short-term, 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. Short-Term Spring/Summer grants offer faculty and students opportunities to collaborate on research with a narrower scope and outcomes that can be achieved within a tighter framework. Grant work outcomes should be submitted by end of summer. (March 18, 2022 proposal deadline)
  2. 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. (November 15, 2021 proposal deadline)
  3. Lab grants involve longer term (up to 3-year) established projects that may include multiple generations of students, or students’ 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. (November 15, 2021 proposal deadline)

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 extended 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. 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.

Eligibility

  • Grants must be administered by full-time CFS-track faculty in the College of Humanities.
  • Faculty working with a current H-MEG are not eligible until their grant cycle is complete.
  • Participating students should be majoring or minoring in the college. 

Mentoring Principles

  1. Students should have access to faculty (or mentoring teams) for sufficient time to allow development of personal and professional relationships. 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.
  2. Students should be given the opportunity to grow in skills and increase in responsibility in the project or experience.
  3. The mentoring experience should help students see the portable and durable value of their training, especially in reference to the Humanities Competencies, including communication, information literacy, and cultural navigation. 
  4. Participating students will be asked to complete a survey about the mentoring experience at the conclusion of the grant work.

Elements of the application include:

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

Review the application form for specific details. 

Important Dates:

  • Proposal Deadline:
    • November 15, 2021 for Developmental and Lab grants
    • March 18, 2022 for Short-Term grants 
  • Award Announcements:
    • December 10, 2021 for Developmental and Lab grants 
    • April 8, 2022 for Short-Term grants 
  • Outcomes Report:
    • December 15, 2022 for Development and Lab grants
    • September 1, 2022 for Short-Term grants 

Funding should be used by:

  • December 31, 2022 for Development grants
  • December 31 of the final calendar year for Lab grants
  • September 1, for Short-Term grants  

Submit Your Application