The Frederick W. Hilles Publication Fund

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.

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Important dates

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