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'Grant Writing in the Humanities' offers advice, consultations

Faculty can learn ways to improve and enhance both their grant writing and scholarly writing through two opportunities coordinated through the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence.

Practical grant writing tips and one-on-one consultations with seasoned grant-writing experts will be the focus of "Grant Writing in the Humanities," a program and panel discussion on Friday, Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library.

Faculty in the humanities fields are especially encouraged to attend a half-hour panel discussion with Jason Rhody, a senior program officer in the Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH), who will talk via Skype about what the NEH is seeking in a successful proposal; Yanna Yannakakis, associate professor of history, who has a successful track record of securing grants; and Vincent Cornell, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Middle East and Islamic Studies, who has served on multiple NEH review panels.

The remainder of the program will allow faculty time to speak one-on-one with panelists, gathering feedback or advice about grant ideas or proposals in progress. Individual consultations are available on a first-come, first-served basis; interested faculty are asked to register in advance.

To reserve a slot, email Allison Adams by Tuesday, Jan. 28 with a brief summary of a grant proposal or concept, its current stage of development, and abbreviated biographical information. Submissions should be no more than 500 words.

Co-sponsored with the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry and the University Research Committee,

 the grant writing program is supported by the CFDE's Scholarly Writing and Publishing Fund (SWAP) — formerly known as the Author Development Program – which supports faculty writing and publishing.

A second opportunity, The Digital Media Project track of the SWAP fund, makes grants available to encourage faculty in the early stages of a project to experiment with using new modes of delivery such as e-books and other digital platforms for delivery and content enhancement through digital images, sounds, video, cartography, data and data analysis, animation, new forms of textual representation and analysis.

Tenure and tenure-track faculty members at any stage of their careers — including emeriti and non-tenure track faculty with long-term appointments — are eligible to apply for $2,500 grants.

Deadline for applications is Feb. 3 For more information about applying to the fund, visit the CFDE website.

SWAP will continue through the 2014 spring semester with a series of workshops, panel discussions, lectures, and consultation opportunities. For more information visit:

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