GO News - November 2023

GO News – November 2023

Calls for Proposals:

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation: The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is pleased to announce the open call for applications to the fourth Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Archives Research Residency, a one- to three-week research intensive at the Rauschenberg Foundation and its Archives located in Manhattan, New York City. The program provides partial support for costs related to accommodations, travel, and living expenses that scholars may incur. Funding ranges from $4,000 to $7,000, depending on travel distance and length of residency.

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Archives, consisting of Robert Rauschenberg’s personal papers and the records from his Florida and New York studios, is the most comprehensive body of information on the artist’s life and career. In addition, the archives hold select materials on organizations, art movements, and collaborations in which Rauschenberg was involved.

The Archives Research Residency supports continued scholarly and investigative use of these materials by supporting individuals that demonstrate a compelling need to use the archives and addressing financial barriers that may prohibit onsite access to the Archives. The application is open to all individuals on all topics within the collection, thereby encouraging research opportunities that move beyond traditional art historical discourse.

Eligible travel dates are between April 4 – December 10, 2024. Please note, this residency does not include housing.

The deadline for application submissions is November 10, 2023. More information, including eligible projects, selection criteria, stipend amounts, and how to apply, can be found in on the Rauschenberg Foundation website.

Asian Cultural Council: The Asian Cultural Council is now inviting applications for its 2024 grants program. The Asian Cultural Council (ACC) is committed to advancing international dialogue, mutual understanding, and respect through supporting cultural exchange projects by individuals and organizations between Asia and the United States and between Asian countries.

The ACC provides grants for long-term, immersive exploration of other cultures. ACC’s individualized programmatic support expands the horizons of grantees by nurturing their perspectives, fostering creative growth, and fostering valuable international connections.

ACC has developed four distinct grant types to support immersive cultural exchange:

  • New York Fellowship: A six-month program that provides support to artists, scholars, and arts professionals working across disciplines, empowering them to take risks, develop their artistic practices, and take time to immerse themselves in the rich and varied cultural life of New York City.
  • Individual Fellowship: One- to six-month fellowships for individuals or up to two collaborators undertaking self-directed research. Partial funding may be requested for longer dissertation research trips.
  • Graduate Fellowship: A living stipend for students from Asia pursuing graduate degrees in the U.S., with priority given to students who do not have access to comparable programs at home and those studying in underrepresented fields in their home countries.
  • Organization Grant: Will support organizations that are 1) engaging in projects that will benefit from cultural immersion, research, increased access to artistic communities or cultural resources in a specific country, and/or the exchange of knowledge amongst peers and 2) intend to build organizational or regional capacities of cultural exchange activities through workshops, specialized training, etc.

Asian Cultural Council recognizes that the arts have become increasingly intersectional with the rapid advancement of technological innovations. For the 2024 grant cycle, proposals that focus on the relationship between the arts, technology, and culture are encouraged.

Eligible fields include archaeology, architecture, art history, arts administration, art criticism, conservation, crafts, curation, dance, ethnomusicology, film/video/photography, literature, museum studies, music, theater, and visual art.

To be eligible, applicants must be a scholar, practicing artists, or arts professionals in an eligible field, and the project must fall within one of the 16 eligible disciplines above.

Applications will be accepted from November 1, 2023, through November 30, 2023.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, please visit the links above.

Watkinson Library Institute: Are you interested in incorporating special collections and archival materials into your courses but unsure how to do that? Or are you already doing this but want to enrich and deepen the experience for you and your students? Consider applying to the Watkinson Library Institute at Trinity College.

The WLI will be holding a two-and-a-half-day workshop May 15-17, 2024, where attendees will explore strategies for successfully integrating special collections and archival materials into classroom settings. Successful applicants will receive a $500 stipend for participation in the Institute.

To Apply: Please submit a brief one-page description stating your background with special collections and interest in attending this workshop, along with a list of topics, tools, or concepts that you might wish to have addressed. Please include your name, preferred pronouns, preferred email contact, institutional affiliation, status/position, and number of years in that position. Applications should be sent to [email protected]. The due date for applications is December 15, 2023.

Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies: The Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies is pleased to announce that information on its 2024/2025 academic year grant cycle is now available. The official announcement of this year’s Doctoral, Individual, Institutional, and Library Grant programs can be downloaded here.

The Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies provides grants for Japanese and non-Japanese scholars of the arts of East Asia at advanced levels of achievement. Grants to non-Japanese scholars cover the categories listed below, with examples of typical projects.

  • Advanced Research and Publication by Individual Scholars
    • Travel costs
    • Acquisition of photographs and other materials
  • Institutional Projects
    • Meetings and symposia
    • Production costs associated with scholarly publications
  • Purchase of Library Materials

Metropolitan Center grants are ordinarily intended as seed money for new projects or as supplements to other income. As the Center rarely provides full support of large-scale activities, applicants are urged to seek funding from other agencies as well.

The deadline for electronic submissions for the 2024-2025 grant program is December 31, 2023, at 11:59 pm JST (Japan Standard Time). Please visit http://www.metcenter-grants.net/ for additional information and to download application forms for all grant programs.

Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation: It’s that time of year again! The annual request for proposals from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation has arrived.

The Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation awards fellowships to faculty in all disciplines with the aim to stimulate and broaden the awardees’ minds so as to improve and enhance the quality of their instruction. Grants are primarily for travel and related expenses and not as salary substitutes, scholarships, or grants in aid.

For GO News subscribers, application materials are attached. For Daily Message readers, application materials can be found here.

The grants office will be submitting all applications to the Whiting Foundation. Please contact us, if you are interested in applying.


  • The November 15 deadline for submitting nominations to the 2024 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program is quickly approaching. As mentioned in previous issues of GO News, Williams has been invited to nominate two candidates for the next class of fellows, and the grants office would love to hear from faculty who are interested in being nominated.

    Please contact Brenda Thomas as soon as possible, if you are interested.

  • As Grants Office Director Brenda Thomas announced in a recent email to all Williams faculty, the Mellon Foundation is inviting submissions for its new program Concepts Exploring Democracy and Environmental and Social Justice. Mellon will consider research or curricular projects in three distinct humanities-grounded and social justice-oriented categories: Cultures of US Democracy, Environmental Justice Studies, and Social Justice and Disciplinary Knowledge.

    Since this is a limited submission opportunity, all teams must notify the grants office of intent to submit by November 28, 2023. Additional deadlines are as follows:

  • December 15, 2023: Submit concept summaries to the grants office.
  • January 15, 2024: Teams notified of concept status
  • February 12, 2024: Completed concepts must be submitted to grants office
  • February 15, 2024: Grants office submits concept(s) to the Mellon Foundation (3pm deadline)
  • Summer 2024: Applicants are notified that they have been selected as a finalist (additional materials will be delivered to those moving forward)
  • Summer-Fall 2024: Final proposals due to the Mellon Foundation
  • November 2024: Final notification from the Mellon Foundation (funded projects start on Dec. 1, 2024).

Please feel free to reach out to the grants office with any questions you may have. We look forward to working with each team!

Did you know?

It’s almost time for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Fall 2023 Virtual Grants Conference! Save the Date! The conference will be held during the week of December 4 – 7, 2023.

Registration will be free of charge and opens on Wednesday, November 8 at 12 pm ET. Sign up now, so you will receive the NSF’s Registration is Open email, which will provide the registration links and details for this event.

In the meantime, please feel free to check nsfpolicyoutreach.com for the most up-to-date information and view recordings of sessions from previous conferences. You may also view the Spring 2023 Virtual Grants Conference recordings on the NSF YouTube page. For those who cannot attend the live conference, all recorded conference sessions will be available on-demand shortly after the event and posted on NSF’s website and YouTube page.

If you have any logistical questions about this virtual conference, please contact the NSF at: [email protected]

Upcoming Opportunities:

  • Stanford Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences – Junior and Senior Fellowships: Residential fellowship program for scholars working in a diverse range of disciplines that contribute to advancing research and thinking in social science. Fellows represent the core social and behavioral sciences (anthropology, economics, geography, history, law, political science, psychology, and sociology) but also the humanities, education, linguistics, communications, and the biological, natural, health, and computer sciences. Stipends available for first-time fellows. Applications due November 3, 2023.
  • American Association of University Women – American Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships: Assists tenure-track professors in obtaining tenure and further promotions by enabling them to spend a year pursuing independent research. Fellowships are open to women, including people who identify as women, in all fields of study. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applications due November 15, 2023.

  • NEH – Collaborative Research Grants: Supports sustained collaboration by teams of two or more scholars. Teams may propose research in a single field of study or interdisciplinary work.  NEH encourages projects that incorporate multiple points of view and pursue new avenues of inquiry in the humanities.  Awards of up to $300,000 for up to three years (depending upon funding category).  Applications due November 29, 2023.
  • American Philosophical Society – Franklin Research Grants: Up to $6,000 grants designed to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses.  Applications due December 1, 2023. 
  • New York Public Library: Schomburg Center – Scholars-in-Residence Program: Offers both long-term and short-term fellowships designed to support and encourage top-quality research and writing on the history, politics, literature, and culture of the peoples of Africa and the African diaspora, as well as to promote and facilitate interdisciplinary exchange among scholars and writers in residence at the Schomburg Center. Deadline to apply is Thursday, December 1, 2023.
  • The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Ford Foundation Fellowships: Through its program of fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Faculty who earned their Ph.D. no earlier than 12/12/2016 are eligible to apply for a $50,000 postdoctoral fellowship. Deadline is December 12, 2023, 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) 
  • Don’t forget! More upcoming grant application deadlines can always be found here.
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