The Humanities Center provides support for intellectual events that foster interdisciplinary collaboration, public engagement, and innovation in research and teaching.  Humanities Grants do not provide funding for individual research, faculty travel, equipment, salary, curriculum development, events restricted to a particular class, or non-Miami events.  Applicants must be full-time faculty members. 

Requests for event or program support are reviewed by the Center’s elected Steering Committee on a rolling basis three times per year.  Depending on the number and success of proposals in the early funding rounds, significantly less funding may be available in later rounds.  In making awards, the committee prioritizes support for programs that will draw large audiences; have appeal beyond a single department or discipline; engage diverse audiences of faculty, students, and people outside the university; and have connections to curriculum or implications for humanities teaching and scholarship.

The budget worksheet in this application is designed to help applicants understand typical event costs and to be good stewards of limited resources. The committee prioritizes projects with committed support, where possible, from the applicant’s home department and/or other departments and funding units. The committee scrutinizes budgets and sometimes requests cuts.  Please explain any atypical or unusually expensive expensive items in your proposed budget. Honoraria for lectures typically range from $200 - $1,000, with $500 being a typical fee for a lecture and classroom visit. If a speaker’s bureau represents your proposed visitor, fees can be very high; please consider discussing negotiation tactics with the Director.

All applicants must check the Humanities Center Calendar of Events prior to submission and agree not to schedule in competition with another humanities event.  If a conflict seems unavoidable, please contact the Director.  Applicants are urged plan events six or more months in advance and to share tentative plans for significant events by writing a brief note to the Director at  If plans for your event are firm, please place it on the calendar using our simple Submit an Event form.  Sharing this information has multiple advantages, including enhanced support for your event. 

Grant recipients agree to publicize their events in order to attract sizeable audiences.  The Center will circulate reminders about your event, but applicants are responsible for generating print and/or electronic advertising.  Costs for advertising (including design charges) should be included in your budget. 

Recipients agree to submit a post-event report and any unused funds in excess of $200 within 45 days of the event.  We appreciate receiving pictures or media from your event. 

To apply, please email this document, as a Word or PDF attachment, to  You should receive an auto-generated reply informing you that your application has been received in good order. 


Proposals made in the 2017-2018 academic year will be considered immediately after the following deadlines:

  • Friday, September 8, 2017
  • Friday, January 19, 2018
  • Friday, April 20, 2018


To apply for funding, please carefully read the guidelines above and then download the application form below.  Please email your completed application as a word of PDF attchment to  You should receive an autogenerated reply indicating that your application has been received. 



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