Humanities Without Walls Grand Research Challenge Seed Grant Application

2021 Seed Grant Applications Due to the IAS:
April 12, 2021 at noon

The Humanities Without Walls Consortium (HWW) is inviting proposals for Grand Research Challenge Grants to fund multi-institutional, collaborative, humanities-based projects that “build a commitment to methodologies of reciprocity and redistribution.” Grants will be made for up to $150,000 over a two-year period beginning January 1, 2022. Applications will be due directly to Humanities Without Walls on November 15, 2021.

To support the development of HWW Grand Research Challenge Grant proposals, the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) is offering seed grants of up to $2,500. These funds may cover graduate student research and organizational work, honoraria for community partners, costs of partner meetings, or other proposal development expenses, excluding faculty salary.

Proposals will be submitted online via Google Forms (details below). Applications must be submitted by noon on Monday, April 12. Please note that you cannot partially complete an application and save it to edit later. We strongly suggest that you prepare the required attachments before you start your application.


This seed grant program is for the purpose of developing the ideas and collaborations necessary to allow application for a Humanities Without Walls Grand Research Challenge grant in fall 2021. Any University of Minnesota faculty, staff, or graduate student can apply for a seed grant, but if the Principal Investigator (PI) is not a tenure-line faculty member, the application MUST include a Co-PI who is tenure-line faculty. Please note that HWW Grand Research Challenge grant proposals may be submitted only by tenure-line faculty from the Twin Cities campus.

Seed Grants Timeline

  • Seed grant applications are due April 12, 2021 at noon.
  • Funds for selected projects will be available May 10, 2021.

Information Session & Resources

  • For more information about the Institute for Advanced Study’s relationship with Humanities Without Walls, go here.
  • To see examples of previous successful HWW Grand Research Challenge projects, go here.

Proposal Requirements

To apply for a seed grant, you will need to fill out the following information on the form:

  1. Name
  2. Email Address
  3. Department and College
  4. Position
  5. Proposed Partners (names and institutions)

In addition, you will attach a project statement and 2-page CV. Word docs or PDFs only. Your project statement can be a maximum of 1,000 words and should include the following:

  • Brief description of the project you intend to submit for the Grand Challenge Grant opportunity in November 2021
  • Discussion of how the seed grant will help you develop your project and methodologies of reciprocity and redistribution
  • Potential partners and their roles in the project
  • Proposed budget for seed grant ($2,500 maximum award)

Submit Application

  1. Please note that you cannot partially complete an application and save it to edit later. We strongly suggest you prepare the required proposal attachments (see above) before you begin your application.
  2. Once you are ready, click here to apply for a Humanities Without Walls Grand Research Challenge Seed Grant.





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