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. For additional funding opportunities from the Office of the Vice President of Research visit  Grants Hub.

Symposium Grant

Spring 2019 application deadline: 5 p.m. February 7, 2019

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 2019 application deadline: 5 p.m. February 7, 2019

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.


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 February 28, 2019.
  • Learn More: Look for announcements about informational presentations in early 2019.

Planning Grant

Grant information for 2019 will be updated when available.

The CEAH invites proposals from associate and full professors for support in creating competitive applications to prestigious awards, fellowships, and grants recognized by the Association of American Universities (AAU).

  • Eligibility: Applicants must be an associate or full professor at the time of application with a home department in the arts and humanities disciplines in the College of Design or College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • Award Amount: Up to $15,000 per award.
  • Due Date: To be determined. All documents should be combined into a single PDF with the applicants last name in the file name.
  • List of award applications supported by the CEAH Planning Grant
  • Planning Grant RFP and Guidelines (PDF)
  • Planning Grant Full Proposal Template (for reference only)


Digital Humanities Summer Institute Support

Summer 2019 application deadline: 5 p.m. Saturday, January 19, 2019

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 (anticipated dates: June 3-7 or June 10-14, 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 January 19, 2019.

Digital Humanities Application (PDF)


 Donald R. Benson Memorial Lecture Call for Nominations

Spring 2019 application deadline: 5 p.m. Monday, January 14, 2019

The Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities welcomes nominations for the Donald R. Benson Memorial Lecture on Literature, Science and the Arts to be given during Spring 2019.

This endowed lecture fund honors Donald Benson, a former ISU English professor who had a long-term interest in the relationship between intellectual disciplines.  It is requested that the public lecture embrace the relationship among the disciplines of literature, science and the arts, not merely highlight one of the three areas.

Find more information and preview previous Donald R. Benson Memorial Lectures here.

To submit a nomination for the Benson Lecture, see guidelines below. Applications are due January 14, 2019.

Donald R. Benson Memorial Lecture guidelines (PDF)