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Humanities Scholarship Enhancement Fund

The Humanities Scholarship Enhancement Fund competition is supported by the UF Office of Research as a way of stimulating new or existing research activity in the humanities that may lead to extramural funding. Applicants may propose to initiate new projects or to develop or complete ongoing projects, but applications should be conceptualized in such a way that a specific goal can be reached during the tenure of the award.

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The Fund is expected to support 16-18 awards for research activity during the period January 2021 – December 2021. The maximum award request is $12,000, although the average award is expected to be less. Note that funds used to pay faculty salaries are subject to a fringe charge of 29.7%, meaning that if you use the funds exclusively for salary, your maximum payout will be ~$9,200. There is no fringe deduction for travel, materials, or equipment.


These funds are restricted to tenured and tenure-track faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who are working on projects in the humanities. Projects can be proposed by faculty affiliated with any department in the college provided that they reflect true humanities scholarship. Faculty who received awards in the Humanities Scholarship Enhancement Fund competitions of 2018-2019 or 2019-2020 are not eligible to participate in this competition.

Proposal Preparation

The proposal should include the following components (of which the first three are included in this document):

  1. a cover sheet, including required signatures of the PI and chair or director
  2. a budget sheet itemized in the format shown
  3. a budget justification sheet
  4. a proposal narrative (maximum three single-spaced pages) addressing the primary concept of the project and contextualizing it within a humanistic discipline; the proposal should also address the feasibility of completing the project during the research period, and suggest how it might contribute to the preparation and success of applications to extramural funding agencies
  5. a list of bibliographic references (one page maximum)
  6. a table showing a five-year history of the candidate’s applications for grant funds, whether successful or not, and any publications resulting from awards received
  7. a brief CV (maximum three pages)

Proposal Evaluation

The proposal will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. Scholarship (40 points): scholarly quality and importance of the project, as measured by clarity of argument and contextualization in the discipline
  2. Humanistic approach (20 points): extent to which the project is humanistic in both content and methodology
  3. Feasibility (20 points): likelihood that the project can be completed successfully within the limitations of time and resources
  4. Prospects for outside funding (20 points): likelihood that the project will lead to additional (especially extramural) sources of funding

Note that the applications of assistant professors who have not previously received a Humanities Scholarship Enhancement Award will be awarded an additional three points.

Proposal Submission

Rather than sending completed proposals directly to the college office, applicants should submit them to their chair or director, who will sign each application and, in a separate letter to the selection committee, comment briefly on the disciplinary and departmental significance of each proposal.

Chairs and directors have been asked to submit letters and proposals electronically to  by 4 p.m., Tuesday, November 3, 2020, so you will need to observe any earlier internal deadlines they set. 

Proposal Review

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee comprising primarily or exclusively faculty who have received a humanities scholarship enhancement award in the past.  This year’s awards will be announced by the end of December.


The following form can be completed digitally prior to printing:
2020-2021 Humanities Application: cover sheet, budget sheet, justification sheet (DOCX)


Please address any questions about the Humanities Scholarship Enhancement Fund competition to Associate Dean David Pharies (