Event Co-Sponsorships –

The Baker-Nord Center is able to co-sponsor a limited number of campus events with a humanistic perspective that enrich the intellectual life of the University. Co-sponsorship grants support events that cross disciplinary boundaries and engage with other parts of the University or the Cleveland community. We are particularly interested in projects that address the theme of the 2018 Cleveland Humanities Festival on “Health.” Grants may not be used to support ongoing programs such as departmental colloquia, except in cases that offer exceptional opportunity. Examples of supported events include, but are not limited to, visiting speakers, academic events for students, or community outreach.

In most cases, support will be limited to $1,000, will not exceed 50% of the event’s cost, and does not include technical, logistical, or marketing assistance.

Faculty Affiliates Program –

Award: $1,000 Research Fund
Application Deadline: 6 April 2018
Applications are invited for the Faculty Affiliates Program for support for work in progress in the humanities. Faculty Affiliates will deliver one public presentation in the Center on their work-in-progress and will be expected to attend presentations by other Faculty and Graduate Affiliates. Affiliates will also submit a brief written report at the end of their terms.

Faculty Fellowships –

Application Deadline: 1 November 2018
The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities (BNC) invites all eligible tenured and tenure-track faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor and above to submit applications for a BNC Faculty Fellowship during the academic year of 2017-2018. A maximum of three Fellowships may be awarded. The Fellowship provides a release from teaching for one semester, accompanied by a release from service commitments. Supported projects will be in the field of the humanities broadly defined and proposals may be submitted by any qualified member of the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences. The proposals will be evaluated and ranked by an external advisory committee, which will take into account the following criteria: the intellectual quality of the research project; the applicant’s record of achievement and demonstration of promise; and the appropriateness of such an award at this point in the applicant’s career.

Faculty Research Grants –

Maximum Award: $5,000
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis during the academic year.
The Center offers a limited number of competitive grants to support faculty research, when it is not otherwise covered by departmental funds or individual research accounts. Examples of supported research activities include, but are not limited to, digital scholarship projects; technical assistance for research projects; materials or equipment acquisition; acquisition of library materials; research assistants.

Faculty Research Travel Grants –

Maximum Award: $4,000
Application Deadline: 6 April 2018
The Center offers a limited number of competitive grants to support travel to conduct research. Examples of supported research activities include, but are not limited to, travel to collections such as libraries, museums or other archives with materials not otherwise available; travel to a conference with direct impact on the applicant’s research; travel to a study center or research institute.

Special Projects Grants –

Maximum Award: $5,000
Application Deadline: 6 April 2018
The Center offers support for research and critical inquiry in the humanities through special projects organized by faculty either individually or in collaboration with others, including members of educational and cultural institutions external to the University. Examples of supported projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Thematic Seminars organized on the semester model with a targeted question or theme, typically incorporating an interdisciplinary approach and including participants from University Circle or other regional institutions. The Seminar would typically include at least one public event (e.g., a guest speaker, performance, academic symposium, public reading) which would be included in the Baker-Nord Center calendar.
  • Research Working Groups consisting of faculty and students, undergraduate or graduate, from Case Western Reserve University, focusing on a targeted issue.
  • Collaborative Reading and Writing Groups on a particular project or theme. The grant may be used to defray the costs of materials, speakers, or other expenses directly related to the success of the project.
    Academic symposia that address issues of topical interest to the University and the community.