Internal Funding

MU Arts & Humanities Funding Opportunities

In addition to other Internal Funding resources, there are two funding mechanisms available specifically to arts and humanities faculty members on the Columbia campus. These opportunities are made available through the generous support of the Office of the Chancellor, the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Science, and the Office of Research.


MU Arts & Humanities Small Grants Program

2013 Proposal Deadlines

  • March 1, 2013
  • July 1, 2013
  • September 1, 2013
  • December 1, 2013

The guidelines for this program have changed. Please read the following information carefully before applying. Check this site for periodic updates to these guidelines.

The MU Arts & Humanities Small Grants Program provides modest support for faculty research activities in the arts and humanities (broadly defined). These funds are intended to support interdisciplinary faculty research and collaboration. Awards of up to $500 may be given to support research, conference speakers, exhibit expenses, visiting speakers, and conference presentations.  Individual faculty members may request support for publication subventions, image reproductions, research projects, or travel to disciplinary/professional meetings for delivering papers and/or presentations. The intention of the small grants program is to provide a fairly simple process for research support.

Eligibility: Only tenure-track faculty members in arts and humanities disciplines (broadly defined) are eligible to receive grants. A faculty member may receive only one grant in any fiscal year (July 1-June 30).  Graduate students should contact the Graduate School for funding resources for graduate student activities and travel to conferences; undergraduate students should contact the Office of Undergraduate Research for possible funding opportunities.

For projects that require additional or further funding, check the MU Research Council guidelines ($1000-$7500) and the UM Research Board guidelines website ($75,000). For travel expenses related to an international conference presentation, please consider a Faculty International Travel (FIT) grant.


MU Arts & Humanities Large Grants Program

Proposal Deadline
  • April 1, 2014
Project Period
  • July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015

The MU Arts & Humanities Large Grants program provides support of up to $10,000 for faculty projects in the arts and humanities (broadly defined). To qualify, proposals must support a large project involving multiple faculty members (internal and/or external). Naturally, interdisciplinary groups are encouraged to apply, but these groups do not necessarily need to be interdisciplinary, just effective and of broad benefit to the MU community. This award will support the development of larger projects that are intended to be competitive for external funding. Funds can be used for a wide range of activities; examples include travel to visit a project-related program officer or donor, teaching leave, or a graduate assistant to facilitate research. More than one proposal may be funded during any one round, and the total amount available will be at least $10,000. 

Eligibility: All faculty members in arts and humanities disciplines (broadly defined) are eligible to receive grants. Graduate students should contact the Graduate School for resources for graduate student activities and travel to conferences; undergraduate students should contact the Office of Undergraduate Research for possible funding opportunities. 

Application Guidelines: All applications must be submitted via email to no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day of the deadline. The subject line of the email should read: MU Arts & Humanities Large Grant Request. All faculty listed in the proposal should be copied on the email. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Award is contingent upon continued funding being available.


MU Arts & Humanities Grant Writing Fellowships

The Arts & Humanities Grant Writing Fellowship is an opportunity for faculty members to apply for a one-semester release from teaching to seek external funding for research projects. In cooperation with the applicant's chair and/or dean, the released time for grant writing will be made possible by hiring substitute instructors to cover two courses per semester. These costs will be covered by funding transferred to your department from the Provost's Office. We anticipate that one award will be made each semester, depending upon availability of funds and the strength of the applications. These fellowships are intended to encourage faculty members to develop large scale projects involving multiple faculty members or groups who may be in the same discipline, or who may be collaborating in an interdisciplinary fashion. Priority may be given to those seeking an opportunity to advance their discipline and to highlight MU arts and humanities in new and innovative ways. [See Note Below.]

The arts & humanities grant writer, Christine Montgomery, will be available to help A&H Fellows identify funding sources, write the grant proposals, and submit external grant applications during the Fellowship semester (including help navigating the internal procedures for external grant applications from MU).

Each fellow is expected to generate at least one grant and submit it to an external funding agency either by the end of the fellowship period or for the next funding cycle of  the funding agency.

Eligibility: All faculty members in arts and humanities disciplines (broadly defined), including those in non-tenure track positions, are eligible to apply for a Fellowship.

Deadline: TBD

Note: Only the faculty applicant on each proposal will receive a semester's release from teaching. Grant funding for course release time will be deposited into the departmental accounts for the successful fellows. The department chair will be directed to use these funds to hire replacement instructors for the courses from which the fellow has been released. Each department will receive funding to hire two graduate instructors to cover courses; thus, different departments may receive different amounts of funding to cover two courses for one professor. These arrangements must be made via email between the Office of Research and the departmental chair and/or dean. The deadlines are intended to be far enough in advance of the fellowship awards to make adjustments to curriculum in the department.

Last Updated: February 25, 2014