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Funding for Commonwealth Campuses

The Humanities in the World initiative provides funding for campus programming and is available via proposal submission each year. Campus faculty members are encouraged to discuss proposals with their campus humanities coordinator before submitting them. All proposals will be considered by the Campus Humanities Board.

Proposals may be for lectures, workshops, conferences or similar events in Spring 2020 or 2020-2021. 


Suggest a visiting scholar to give a Humanities lecture aimed at the broader academic community, or host an interdisciplinary workshop or other similar programming.

The purpose of this funding is to provide the opportunity for faculty to bring a visiting scholar to campus for a period that would include a public lecture as well as other activities, such as a workshop or seminar that would be of interest to a more specialized group, and/or participation in undergraduate/graduate classes.

We invite nominations for eminent scholars in any humanities field. The Humanities Lecture can concern the visitor’s research specialization, but we are especially interested in those whose work would appeal to a wide humanities audience. 

The Humanities in the World funding will cover the equivalent cost of one lecture (i.e., travel costs/lodging/per diem, plus honorarium). We will consider requests of up to $5,000, but we expect faculty hosts to solicit other sources of funds to support the costs of the visit that go beyond that of a single lecture event.

Proposal Requirements: Up to 1500 words; submit as one document

* Briefly explain your interest in bringing the visitor to campus

* Explain the scholar’s fit for the criteria listed above

* Explain other events the scholar would participate in during their stay, if any

* Include an approximate budget of anticipated costs (travel, lodging, per diem, honorarium, etc.) as well as other sources of expected funding

* Include a brief statement of support from appropriate Department Heads in the overall document

Suggest a conference theme, with proposed speakers, schedule, partners, and budget. Applications that demonstrate coordinating collaboration between departments/fields will be given special consideration. We will prefer proposals with substantial planning in place, though openness to invite other faculty to participate is encouraged.

The purpose of this funding is to support the fruition of a modest conference (i.e., 7-10 planned speakers, or a call for papers with keynote). The HI will consider requests up to $10-15,000 to support the conference, but we expect faculty hosts will solicit additional funding from their home department and other sources to support the cost of the entire event.

Conference topics may be in any area of humanities research, including interdisciplinary collaborations with other fields. Specialized conference topics are welcome but special consideration will be given to those topics with broader community appeal.

Proposal Requirements: Up to 1500 words; submit as one document

* Briefly explain the conference theme and importance, both to specialized faculty and the broader humanities (and university) community

* Provide a general outline of the proposed schedule of events, possible speakers, intended audience, etc.

* Include an approximate budget of anticipated costs, as well as other possible sources of funding


List of Campus Coordinators:

Penn State Abington: Friederike Baer

Penn State Altoona: Brian C. Black

Penn State Beaver: John Chapin

Penn State New Kensington: Donald Bruckner

Penn State Berks: Belén Rodríguez-Mourelo

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College: Eric Corty

Penn State Harrisburg: Jeffrey Beck

Penn State York: Jennifer Nesbitt


Deadline: Proposals should be emailed to with subject line Campus Initiative, by 5:00 p.m. on December 1, 2019. Awards will be announced in mid-January, 2020.