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Arts & Humanities Forum Grants: Theme of "Ruptures and Reconciliations" (2020-2021)

Extended Deadline: April 30, 2020

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1) Program Overview

The Arts & Humanities Forum at the University of Oklahoma awards up to five faculty grants of up to $5,000 each per year in support of research and other creative activities corresponding to the Forum’s interdisciplinary annual theme. The 2020-2021 Forum theme focuses on “Ruptures and Reconciliations.”

The Arts & Humanities Forum encourages faculty projects that are individual or collaborative, that create substantive intellectual exchange among a diverse group of scholars on multiple levels (locally, nationally, and globally), and that engage the “public square.” There are no discipline restrictions so long as the work fits solidly within an artistic/humanistic framework. The grants support creative programs, projects, and events that contribute to a vibrant culture of arts and humanities at the University of Oklahoma.

Forum Grants function as seed money for projects that can lead to external funding proposals (both individual and institutional), and thus help advance the broader strategic trajectory of the humanities and arts at OU.

Forum Grant recipients will be expected to participate actively in Arts & Humanities Forum events that focus on the Forum’s selected annual theme and to help build intellectual community for the arts and humanities at OU. Note that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all events related to Forum Grants may be online.

2) 2020-21 Forum Theme: "Ruptures and Reconciliations": Call for Applications

The Arts & Humanities Forum invites individual and collaborative applications from members of the OU faculty for the Forum Grants’ new theme of “Ruptures and Reconciliations" (2020-2021). The application deadline is April 30, 2020.

The OU Arts & Humanities Forum is supported by the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Research & Partnerships.

3) Eligibility

All regular OU faculty members (as per the Faculty Handbook 3.1.1) are eligible to hold a Forum Grant during regular teaching semesters, or during any paid leave (e.g., while on sabbatical or while being supported by a research grant). Forum Fellows may apply for a subsequent Forum Grant after an interval of two years.

4) Budget

Forum Grant proposals may cover up to $5,000, the maximum award for any single or collaborative project with up to three co-applicants. Budget items may include, but are not limited to: public humanities/arts outreach, purchase of materials and research equipment, curriculum development, hosting an interdisciplinary workshop or speaker events at OU, archival research, a writing stipend, a summer research assistant, and other expenses associated with faculty projects in the arts and humanities. Co-applicants should specify how funds are to be apportioned between more than one department/unit. Applications for a Forum Grant may not include requests for course release. Submitted budget items are subject to review by the Arts & Humanities Forum Faculty Director and members of the Faculty Advisory Committee. Revisions to proposals and budgets may be requested prior to final funding decisions.

5) Proposal Preparation and Submission

Applicants submitted proposals by midnight of the deadline. The Application Portal allows proposals to be revised before the deadline. Before submitting an application, please see the FAQs page.

To apply for a Forum Grant project, please submit a proposal via the Application Portal as follows (parts I – IV as a single PDF file). Note that applications that are not structured as follows cannot be reviewed by the Forum Faculty Advisory Committee.

I. Cover page

a      Project title

b      Names and positions of OU project organizer(s)

c      Expected timetable of project

d      Statement confirming eligibility for Forum Grant

II. Proposal narrative, no longer than ten double-spaced pages of Times Roman 12-point type or equivalent, and with the following sections in this order:

a      Purpose of the project, including its pertinence to the annual Forum theme and its significance to the arts and humanities

b      Project design and details about the plan of work

c      Projected outcomes of the project (publication, digital materials, etc.); how the project will be promoted and publicized; and how the project relates to plans for future external funding applications         

d      How the results of the project will be evaluated

III. Itemized budget, including additional sources of funding for the project (secured, pending, or still to be solicited), no longer than two double-spaced pages.

IV. Abridged vitae of project organizer(s), no longer than four pages each.

6) Proposal Review Process

The Forum’s Faculty Advisory Committee reviews the proposals; and the recipients of the Arts & Humanities Forum Grants are announced at the end of the spring semester. Forum Grants start in August and run through the academic year.

7) Award Requirements

Fellows are full participants in the activities of the Arts & Humanities Forum during the academic year's tenure of their grant, with the following expectations:

a      A presentation on the Forum-supported research at a Fellows seminar; and a public event related to the Forum-supported project

b      Attendance at OU Arts & Humanities Forum events pertaining to the annual theme

c      A brief video interview or equivalent feature focusing on the research project, to be included on OU promotional websites

d      A brief written summary explaining the Forum project for a general audience

e      A two-page report submitted to the Arts & Humanities Forum by the end of the grant period, including a summary of expenditures, activities, and outcomes

f      Acknowledgement of the Arts & Humanities Forum in all materials and products based on the Forum grant.

All funds awarded through the grant must be expended by the end of the academic year for which it is awarded.

For Further Information

Please consult the FAQs or contact Janet Ward, Brammer Presidential Professor of History and Faculty Director of the Arts & Humanities Forum (email: