Saturday, September 12, 2009

National Endowment for the Humanities; October 29, 2009 deadline

Collaborative Research Grants, National Endowment for the Humanities: October 29, 2009 deadline.

This is the first time I've even peeked at a federal grant site. It looks daunting, but like anything else, it's finite, understandable, and a big deal, if you get one. If you've got some free time on your hands, it might be worth your while, to spend the next four weeks or so figuring out how to write a grant proposal, and then perfect it before the October 29, 2009 deadline. If you're at a university, you'll need to work with the committee that protects human subjects -- your Institutional Review Board; the campus also will have a research liaison who will help you work through the minutiae.


Looking around the internet for recent studies the NEH has funded, I found this one, for $25,000 ... from the "Enduring Questions Program" ... something to think about for next year probably, because the Enduring Questions deadline is September 15, 2009:

Northfield, Minn.–– Laurence Cooper, Carleton College associate professor of political science, has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the "Enduring Questions" program of the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop a new freshman seminar.

The proposed seminar, “Cosmos or Chaos: Views of the World, Views of the Good Life,” will address the question of what it means to live well. Students in the course will consider some key visions of the character of the world and of how to live a good life, as developed through extensive reading, discussion, and writing about Homer, the Biblical books of Genesis, Exodus, and the Gospel of Matthew, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine’s Confessions, Machiavelli, Nietzsche, and other notable thinkers.

Cooper, who received his Ph.D. from Duke University, has published two books: Rousseau, Nature, and the Problem of the Good Life (1999) and Eros in Plato, Rousseau, and Nietzsche: The Politics of Infinity (2008). He teaches courses in ancient and modern political philosophy.

The NEH received 180 proposals for "Enduring Questions" grants and made just 20 awards . . .


The NEH has set out a full year's worth of deadlines, and I'll be looking for it's 2010 calendar to post on this blog. The calendar that's currently displayed is a 2009 calendar, and the October 29 date is the latest one I noticed.

Image: Søren Kierkegaard 1806-1882 (wikipedia). The cutline for this wikipedia image says: The works of Søren Kierkegaard overlap into many fields of the humanities, such as philosophy, literature, theology, psychology, music, and classical studies.