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Humanities Scholarship Enhancement Fund

The Humanities Scholarship Enhancement Fund 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. Categories of research endeavors appropriate for an award include initiation of new projects and development or completion of ongoing projects. However, projects 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 18-20 awards for research activity during the period January 2020 – December 2020. The maximum award request is $12,000, with the average award expected to be less.


These funds are restricted to CLAS tenured and tenure-track faculty working on projects in the humanities.  Faculty who received awards in the Humanities Scholarship Enhancement Fund competitions of 2017-2018 or 2018-2019 are not eligible to participate in this competition.

Proposal Preparation

The proposal should include the following components:

  • a cover sheet with signatures of the PI and chair or director
  • a proposal narrative (maximum three single-spaced pages) addressing the primary concept, relevant issues, goals, methodology, expected results, and significance of the research proposed, as well as explain how the project will contribute to the preparation and success of applications to extramural funding agencies
  • a list of bibliographic references (one page maximum)
  • 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
  • a budget sheet itemized in the format shown (faculty salary should be calculated at .76 FTE for a six-week summer session)
  • a budget justification sheet
  • a brief CV (maximum three pages)

Proposal Evaluation

The proposal will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Scholarship (40 points): scholarly quality and importance of the project, as measured by clarity of argument and contextualization in the discipline
  • Humanistic approach (20 points): extent to which the project is humanistic in both content and methodology
  • Feasibility (20 points): likelihood that the project can be completed successfully within the limitations of time and resources
  • 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 are awarded an additional 3 points.

Proposal Submission

Applicants should submit completed proposals directly to their chair or director, who will sign each application and comment briefly on the disciplinary and departmental significance of each proposal in a separate letter to the Committee.  Applicants should not send the proposal directly to the college office.

Chairs and directors have been asked to submit letters and proposals electronically to  by 4 p.m., Tuesday, November 5, 2019, so they will need to set earlier internal deadlines.  Only emailed submissions will be accepted.

Proposal Review

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee of peer humanities professors.  Awards will be announced by the end of December.


The following form can be completed digitally prior to printing:
2019-2020 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 (