Cogut Institute for the Humanities
Deadline October 2, 2023
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Collaborative Humanities Course Award

Funding Opportunity

2023 update: Please note modified terms of award.

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

Proposed courses should 1) advance important areas of cross-disciplinary research, including but not limited to the themes of Building on Distinction; 2) build on and expand the instructors’ respective research agendas, engaging students in knowledge production; and 3) centrally include a collaborative component in the course requirements, typically some form of group work or collaborative projects by student teams.

Awards are in the amount of $10,000 per faculty member, to be disbursed as research funds. Once selections are made, additional funding up to $10,000 may also be provided upon request for course development and support (including modest research assistantships and course programming funds).

We invite proposals either for one-time offerings or for courses that might develop into regular offerings. In most cases, courses are listed or double-listed by the faculty’s departments and cross-listed by the Cogut Institute in the HMAN 0700 or 1400 series.

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 and medicine, or public health, among other disciplines. Faculty members must hold appointments that encompass regular and ongoing scholarly research: these include tenure-track appointments, research faculty, visiting faculty, and, in cases where there are demonstrated research accomplishments directly relevant to the course proposal, senior lecturers and distinguished senior lecturers. Lecturers and adjunct faculty members are not eligible.

In certain instances, assuming a persuasive case is made in the course proposal, the humanities perspective may be represented by a faculty member in the qualitative social sciences.


Applications are closed at the moment.

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 140 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. Where the humanities perspective is represented by the qualitative social sciences, the proposal should explain why the contribution to the course’s conception and design stems from and illustrates the work of the humanities.
  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 of the syllabus, 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. The syllabus should clearly delineate for students the role and contributions of each discipline in the course.
  5. The CVs of the two faculty members proposing the course. Each CV should not exceed 10 pages (minimum font size 11).

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


Questions? Please email


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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