Research Grants

What the grant is for

This fund was established through the generosity of the late Frederick W. Hilles to assist full-time younger faculty members on continuing appointment in the humanities at Yale with the publication of their original manuscripts.* It is administered by the Council of Fellows of the Whitney Humanities Center. Preference will be given to first-time applications from associate professors and assistant professors. As funding permits, the Council will consider applications from other faculty members (lecturers, lectors, and adjuncts) who have been members of the Yale College faculty for at least two years. No more than $5000 will be awarded to any applicant for any one book.

Typically the fund covers such expenses as indexing, permission fees, reproduction of images and copy-editing. (Hilles funds are not intended for basic publication or manufacturing costs).

Authors or their publishers should apply only after the manuscript has been accepted for publication by a university or scholarly press, preferably the Yale University Press.

The Council may seek further advice about the manuscript or the need for a publication subsidy. In some circumstances, applicants may be requested to submit a copy of the manuscript.

*No applications will be accepted for translations of previously published works.

How to apply

Application letters should include:

  • A letter of application for the grant that also includes a summary of the manuscript.
  • Minimally two reports attesting to the merits of the manuscript; one may be from the publisher or editor and at least one must be a reader’s report from a recognized scholar in the field.
  • A letter of endorsement or acceptance by a publisher that includes a breakdown of publication costs and the reason why a subvention is necessary.
  • A letter concerning any publication advances received from the publisher.

All materials should be sent to the Chair, Hilles Publication Fund, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, P.O. Box 208298, New Haven, CT 06520-8298.

If there are any questions concerning applications or the grants, kindly phone Inessa Laskova at (203) 432-0673.

Important dates

Applications and supporting documents are due November 1 or April 1, each year.

What the grant is for

The A. Whitney Griswold Faculty Research Fund was established to assist Yale faculty members to undertake research in the humanities. The Fund awards grants for specific research projects to full-time faculty members on continuing appointment in any department or division of the University. Preference is given to first-time applicants and to applicants who do not have other current research grants at the institution.

Grants up to $4000 per academic year may be sought for purposes such as (a) travel to inspect primary-source materials, (b) acquisition of inaccessible books or visual materials (later transferred to a University library), (c) assistance with research. At the conclusion of the grant, grant recipients must submit a brief (one- or two-page) summary of research conducted under the auspices of the grant, with particular reference to publications in progress or produced as a result of the research. In no way is the award intended for reimbursement of expenses already incurred.

How to apply

Applications are available online. Please download application instructions and form in (.DOC) format.
If there are any questions concerning applications or grants, kindly phone Inessa Laskova at (203) 432-0673.

Along with the application, grant applicants must submit a 2-3 page proposal that include the following elements:

  • A description of research to be conducted during the award period;
  • An explanation of the relationship between the research and the broader project to which it will contribute. This may include a summary of a planned article, translation, or book project.
  • The specific purpose(s) to which the award will be applied, including an itemized budget of proposed expenses;
  • A detailed statement concerning any previous grants awarded by the Griswold Research Fund;
  • Mention of any other research grants that can be applied to the project and their balance.
  • Requests for research assistance must specify the planned tasks and their direct relevance to the completion and publication of research.

All materials should be sent to the Chair, Griswold Fund Committee, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, P.O. Box 208298, New Haven, CT 06520-8298.

Faculty members requesting amounts over $1000 should also apply to other sources of support. Departmental chairs should have information about sources within the University. For sources outside the University, consult the Office of Grants and Contracts.

Important dates

The deadlines for submission of Griswold applications, including supporting materials, are November 1, February 1, or April 1, each year.

What the grant is for

The Fellowship is directed toward teachers at four-year liberal arts colleges who have received tenure within the last five years. In 2017-2018 it will again welcome three outstanding scholars to the Whitney Humanities Center, where they will pursue research programs in any area of the humanities and related fields and enter into intellectual exchanges with faculty, fellows, and other visitors to the Center.

Proposals will be judged according to their creativity, breadth of implication, feasibility, and engagement in today’s thinking and rethinking of humanistic research and teaching. Fellows will remain in residence during the fall and spring semesters of a full academic year, taking part in the Whitney Fellows’ weekly gatherings. Mellon Fellows will also offer a public presentation on a topic of their choosing and participate in classroom discussions relating to their interests, though there are no formal teaching duties attached to the fellowship award. Fellows will receive half of their salaries as well as travel/relocation allowances of up to $2500; it is anticipated that they will bring the other half of their salaries from their home institutions in the form of sabbatical support.

How to apply

Applications will be considered in two stages. For the initial application, please submit one hard copy of the cover sheet (.DOC or .PDF), a brief curriculum vitae (two-page maximum), and a statement of the proposed research project (500 words maximum) by November 4, 2016.

From these initial applications, the Mellon Fellowship Committee will invite a smaller number of applicants to supply further material, including letters of recommendation. The second round of application materials will be due on January 9, 2017.

All materials should be sent to the Chair, Mellon Program of Mid-Career Research Fellowships, Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University, 53 Wall Street, P.O. Box 208298, New Haven, CT 06520-8298.

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.