Funding Opportunities

The Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities (CEAH) supports 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.


New Explorations: Faculty Learning Communities

Spring 2019 application deadline: 5 p.m. April 21, 2019

The Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities (CEAH), in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), is initiating a program that seeks to bring together potential collaborators interested in a particular topic through Faculty Learning Communities. These new learning communities are designed to lay the groundwork for long term, collaborative, interdisciplinary research partnerships. The goals of the learning communities are manifold. One goal is to create durable research teams that emerge out of mutual interest that holistically address problems from different disciplinary perspectives. Another is to develop an ecosystem of interlinked interdisciplinary faculty researchers that is both broad and deep. Yet another is to begin breaking down the many silos that exist on campus, to improve information flows, and set the stage for future high impact research projects that cut across disciplinary boundaries. The outcome of the learning communities is to build interdisciplinary teams of researchers from multiple disciplines across the University, who will be positioned to develop long-term collaborations that address major societal issues facing Iowa, the United States, and beyond.

This RFP seeks proposals from either individual faculty or small groups of faculty from any discipline (s), interested in developing and convening a learning community. Proposals for learning communities can be formed around any potential research topic. The primary stipulation is that topics should be framed in ways that emphasize their breadth, interdisciplinarity, and inclusivity, and written so that scholars from the arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences, and technologies may be equally engaged. Examples of topics include, but are by no means limited to, science fiction, artificial intelligence, or food systems.

The point is to begin at the beginning, with few restrictions or prescribed outcomes. The hope is that after initial support from CEAH and OVPR, learning communities will become self-sustaining. Eventually, we hope to see members of these communities develop collaborative publications, symposia, grant applications, courses, and other expressions of scholarly output. The emphasis at this point is helping individuals with overlapping interests find one another and begin the process of building intellectual fellowship.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the CEAH Director, Carlton Basmajian (carlton@iastate.edu) or Surya Mallapragada (suryakm@iastate.edu), OVPR, for guidance prior to submitting proposals.

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Symposium Grant

Application deadlines: Fall–5 p.m. October 11, 2019; Spring–5 p.m. February 14, 2020

CEAH Symposium Grant: CEAH provides Symposium Grants in the range of $2,000 to $10,000 to support the creation of artistic and scholarly activities, symposia, or other events that bring attention and recognition to the scholarly work being done by Iowa State’s arts and humanities faculty.


Research Grant

Application deadlines: Fall–5 p.m. October 11, 2019; Spring–5 p.m. February 14, 2020

CEAH Research Grant: CEAH provides grants for research and creative activity that will make a significant contribution to the scholarly development and academic career progression of faculty in the arts, design, and humanities disciplines.

  • Eligibility: Applicants must be tenured or tenure-track faculty in the College of Design or College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, with a home department in the arts and humanities disciplines.
  • Award Amount: Usually up to $6,000 for research grants, and about $6,000 for summer salary or course release.
  • Due Date: Proposals are due two times per year, October 11, 2019, and February 14, 2020, submitted to the link below. All documents should be combined into a single PDF with the applicant’s last name in the file name.
  • Program and Application Information
  • Research Grant Application Template [Fillable form]
  • Submit Proposals Here
  • Past Awards

Digital Humanities Summer Institute Support

Application deadline: January 20, 2020

CEAH Digital Humanities Summer Institute Award: CEAH provides registration costs to attend the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria, British Columbia.

  • Eligibility: Applicants may be faculty, staff, or full-time graduate students at Iowa State, who are already working on or have an interest in some aspect of digital humanities as encompassed by DHSI programs.
  • Award: Registration fees for one week of the program.
  • Due Date: Applications are due January 20, 2020, submitted to the link below. All documents should be combined into a single PDF with the applicant’s last name in the file name.
  • Program and Application Information
  • Submit Applications Here

Donald R. Benson Memorial Lecture Call for Nominations

Spring 2020 application deadline: 5 p.m. Monday, January 13, 2020

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 2020.

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 13, 2020.

Donald R. Benson Memorial Lecture guidelines (PDF)

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