Funding Opportunities

The Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities (CEAH) supports to Iowa State faculty research and activities in the arts and humanities. See individual grant programs below for the most recent descriptions, deadlines, and guidelines.

NEW – Bridging the Divide

The Bridging the Divide seed funding program seeks proposals to form a diverse team of faculty drawing from design, arts, humanities, and social science disciplines and from science, engineering and data science disciplines. The team should aim to establish a high functioning integrated collaboration to pursue innovative, ambitious, interdisciplinary research with strong potential to generate significant scholarly and creative activity.

  • Eligibility: Interdisciplinary research teams must include at least one faculty member from the arts, humanities, design and social sciences and at least one faculty member from the sciences, engineering or data sciences. Team composition must reflect the nature of the proposed research, which is expected to be framed by a holistic and comprehensive perspective that relies on multiple disciplines.
  • Award Amount: A 1-year planning grant project may request up to $10,000. A research project may request up to $25,000/year for up to two years.
  • Due Date: Please submit your application as a single, complete PDF file at the link below. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2018
  • Learn More: Join the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities for lunch and learn about a new interdisciplinary research grant program on Tuesday, January 23 and Friday, February 2. The lunch and learn sessions are for bringing together interested faculty from across campus, providing some examples of such collaborative activities through lightning talks, and to answer any questions about the new program.
  • Program and Application Information [PDF]
  • Submit Proposals Here

Digital Humanities Summer Institute Support

Completed – Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017.

As an institutional partner of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, CEAH is able to award five free registrations to Iowa State faculty and graduate students.

The Digital Humanities Summer Institute offers nearly fifty separate courses and a number of short workshops on all aspects of digital humanities. Courses run for one week (either June 4-8 or June 11-15, 2018), while workshops are held the preceding weekends. An extensive range of topics are covered, appropriate either to those just entering the field of digital humanities or to those with more experience, and online registration is available.

To apply for the free registration to the Institute, see guidelines at the link below. Applications are due December 1, 2017.

Digital Humanities Application (PDF)


Symposium Grant

Spring 2018 application deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, February 9, 2018

The CEAH provides Symposium Grants to support the creation of artistic and scholarly conferences, symposia, or seminars on ISU’s campus that will attract significant national attention and bring recognition to the scholarly work being done by ISU’s arts and humanities faculty. In addition to enhancing the ISU research mission these symposia should broadly benefit the intellectual environment at ISU, offering a public event, such as a keynote address, that will attract a broad audience. Preference will be given to proposals that promote innovative or emergent themes, and that contribute to advancing arts and humanities research at ISU.


Research Grant

Spring 2018 application deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, February 9, 2018

The CEAH provides grants for research and creative activity that makes a significant contribution to the scholarly development and academic career progression of faculty in the arts, design and humanities. Projects should employ predominantly artistic and humanistic approaches and have outcomes clearly falling within the arts and humanities disciplines.


Planning Grant

Spring 2018 application deadline: Will be posted as soon as the information is available

The CEAH invites proposals from associate and full professors for financial support in creating competitive applications to prestigious awards, fellowships, and grants recognized as prestigious among ISU’s peer institutions. These grants support the career advancement of individual faculty members with an emphasis on developing the national distinction of ISU’s arts and humanities faculty.

Recipients CEAH Planning Grants will have an already established body of peer-recognized research or creative scholarship in a form of publication that is both appropriate for their discipline and well suited to the agencies and awards, fellowships, and grants to which they will apply. Recipients work with their college and VPR grant support staff throughout the process of planning, writing, and submitting the external proposals.