Cogut Institute for the Humanities
Deadline September 17, 2021
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Collaborative Humanities Course Award

Funding Opportunity

The Collaborative Humanities Course Award supports the development of team-taught undergraduate courses on a research theme, method, practice, or problem that has relevance across disciplines, divisions, or schools.

We invite proposals either for one-time offerings or for courses that might develop into regular offerings. In most cases, we would expect courses to be cross- or double-listed in the relevant departments. Courses will also be assigned a number in the HMAN 0700 series.

Awards will be in the amount of $15,000 per faculty member, to be disbursed as research funds, faculty stipend, or a combination of the two. Once selections are made, additional funding may also be provided for course support in the form of modest research assistantships and course programming funds.

The Collaborative Humanities Course Award is part of the Collaborative Humanities Initiative.


We welcome proposals submitted by pairs of faculty members at Brown University, to include one humanities faculty member and one faculty member from the social sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, biology & medicine, or public health, among other disciplines. In certain instances, assuming a persuasive case is made, the humanities perspective may be represented by a faculty member in the qualitative social sciences.

We are open to a wide range of topics and integrative approaches and are especially interested in courses that focus on the themes of Building on Distinction. Courses should centrally include a collaborative component in the course requirements, typically some form of group work or collaborative projects by student teams.


Applications are closed at the moment. Information about the 2022-2023 application cycle is forthcoming. 

You must be logged into your Brown University email account to access the form. Applicants should submit:

  1. A tentative course catalog description, in no more than 100 words.
  2. A course proposal of 500 words demonstrating the significance of the proposed topic and the potential for advancing research or deepening the curriculum through a cross-disciplinary and collaborative approach centrally including a humanities perspective.
  3. Research statements of 250 words from each proposer describing their recent research interests and how these might inform the content and objectives of the course.
  4. A draft syllabus of at least two pages in length, to include a description and timeline of collaborative exercises or projects as well as a list of the course’s units, representative readings, and/or activities.
  5. The C.V.s of the two faculty members proposing the course.

We recommend that you receive your department chair’s pre-approval as the award is ultimately contingent on this support.

Questions? Please email [email protected].


Directed by Amanda Anderson, Director of the Cogut Institute for the Humanities and Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities and English
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