Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities Funding Opportunities

Baker-Nord Center Award for Distinguished Scholarship in the Humanities

Award: $5,000
Nomination Deadline: TBA
The award is intended to recognize outstanding achievement in a field of humanistic scholarship. The award will consist of a plaque and a monetary award of $5,000, which will be provided as a discretionary account to support further scholarship. Awards will be announced at the beginning of the academic year, and award recipients are expected to deliver a public lecture during the spring semester.

View the page for the Baker-Nord Center Award for Distinguished Scholarship in the Humanities.

Baker-Nord Center Affiliates Program

Faculty Affiliates Program

Award: $1,000 research fund
Application Deadline: TBA
Applications are invited to the Faculty Affiliates Program for support for work in progress in the humanities. Faculty affiliates will deliver one public presentation in the center on their work in progress and will be expected to attend presentations by other faculty and graduate affiliates. Affiliates will also submit a brief written report at the end of their terms.

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Graduate Affiliates Program

Award: $500 Stipend
Application Deadline: TBA
Applications are invited for the Graduate Affiliates Program for support for work in progress in the humanities. Graduate affiliates will deliver one public presentation in the center on their work in progress and will be expected to attend presentations by other graduate and faculty affiliates. Affiliates will also submit a brief written report at the end of their terms. 

View information about the Graduate Affiliates Program on the Graduate Funding Opportunities page.

The Eirik Borve Fund for Foreign Language Instruction

To encourage the development of innovative foreign language instruction that will help prepare students for international educational experiences, the Eirik Borve Fund for Foreign Language Instruction will award a limited number of competitive grants for projects to be carried out over the next two years. A total of $100,000 is available for the current funding cycle, including $80,000 for initiatives led by full-time faculty members or full-time lecturers in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (DMLL), and $20,000 for initiatives led by full-time faculty members in other departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, whether in the arts, humanities, social sciences, or natural and mathematical sciences.

The expected maximum grant for individual projects is $20,000 for DMLL-led initiatives and $5,000 for all other CAS faculty-led initiatives. However, proposals requesting more than the expected maximum amount will be considered for especially ambitious projects that substantially advance the vision of the Eirik Borve Fund. The fund places a special emphasis on using technology and new media in presenting course content to students; ensuring access to both local and international resources, and developing effective means of assessing program offerings and student learning.

Grants are not intended to support ongoing operations. Projects that have been funded in prior years, or those that would require annual support, should consider other sources of funding.

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2018 Eirik Borve Fund for Foreign Language Instruction Funded Projects

2017 Eirik Borve Fund for Foreign Language Instruction Funded Projects

Event Co-Sponsorships

The Baker-Nord Center is able to co-sponsor a limited number of campus events with a humanistic perspective that enrich the intellectual life of the university. Co-sponsorship grants support events that cross disciplinary boundaries and engage with other parts of the university or the Cleveland community. Grants may not be used to support ongoing programs such as departmental colloquia, except in cases that offer exceptional opportunity. Examples of supported events include, but are not limited to, visiting speakers, academic events for students, or community outreach.

In most cases, support will be limited to $1,000, will not exceed 50% of the event’s cost, and does not include technical, logistical, or marketing assistance.

All applications must be received at least 4 weeks prior to the event—no exceptions will be allowed.

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Faculty Fellowships

Application Deadline: TBA
The Baker-Nord Center (BNC) for the Humanities invites all eligible tenured and tenure-track faculty at the rank of assistant professor and above to submit applications for a BNC Faculty Fellowship. A maximum of three fellowships may be awarded. The fellowship provides a release from teaching for one semester, accompanied by a release from service commitments. Supported projects will be in the field of the humanities broadly defined and proposals may be submitted by any qualified member of the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences. The proposals will be evaluated and ranked by an external advisory committee, which will take into account the following criteria: the intellectual quality of the research project; the applicant’s record of achievement and demonstration of promise; and the appropriateness of such an award at this point in the applicant’s career.

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Faculty Research Grants

Maximum Award: $5,000
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis during the academic year.
The center offers a limited number of competitive grants to support faculty research, when it is not otherwise covered by departmental funds or individual research accounts. Examples of supported research activities include, but are not limited to, digital scholarship projects; technical assistance for research projects; materials or equipment acquisition; acquisition of library materials; research assistants; professional development projects (e.g. publication workshops, software training, etc.). If you have questions about the applicability of your project, please contact the center.

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Research Travel Grants

Maximum Award:  $4,000
Application Deadline: TBA
The center offers a limited number of competitive grants to support travel to conduct research. Examples of supported research activities include, but are not limited to, travel to collections such as libraries, museums or other archives with materials not otherwise available; travel to a conference with direct impact on the applicant’s research; travel to a study center or research institute.

View the page for Research Travel Grants.

Graduate Research Grants

Maximum Award: $500
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis during the academic year.
The center offers a limited number of competitive grants to graduate students to help defray expenses associated with MA thesis and dissertation research but not covered by departmental funding.

View information about Graduate Research Grants on the Graduate Funding Opportunities page.

Special Projects Grants

Maximum Award:  $5,000
Application Deadline: TBA
The center offers support for research and critical inquiry in the humanities through special projects organized by faculty either individually or in collaboration with others, including members of educational and cultural institutions external to the university. Examples of supported projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Thematic seminars organized on the semester model with a targeted question or theme, typically incorporating an interdisciplinary approach and including participants from University Circle or other regional institutions. The seminar would typically include at least one public event (e.g., a guest speaker, performance, academic symposium, public reading) which would be included in the Baker-Nord Center calendar.
  • Research working groups consisting of faculty and students, undergraduate or graduate, from Case Western Reserve University, focusing on a targeted issue.
  • Collaborative reading and writing groups on a particular project or theme. The grant may be used to defray the costs of materials, speakers, or other expenses directly related to the success of the project.
  • Academic symposia that address issues of topical interest to the university and the community.
  • Visiting scholars who will address topics of broad interest across the humanities or the college as a whole.

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Undergraduate Research Grants

Maximum Award: $250
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis during the academic year.
Grants are available to undergraduate students in any of the departments affiliated with the Baker-Nord Center (Art History and Art, Classics, English, History, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Theater) to help defray expenses associated with a senior thesis or other research project not covered by departmental funding. Examples of eligible funding include, but are not limited to: travel to a collection; purchase of research materials; training in digital scholarship; server space; software; books or other materials.

View information about Undergraduate Research Grants on the Undergraduate Funding Opportunities page.

Humanities@Work Fall Stipends

Maximum Award: $1,000
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but must be submitted prior to the start of the internship.
Grants are available to undergraduate students in any of the departments affiliated with the Baker-Nord Center (Art History and Art, Classics, English, History, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Theater).