Public Humanities Project

About this opportunity


IU Bloomington


Arts and Humanities Council,

Arts and Humanities Council Director Ed Comentale,


Open (non-competitive)

Award cycle:


Funding available:

$25,000 maximum award

The Public Humanities Project is a non-competitive program to fund new research that benefits the Bloomington community and southern Indiana at large. It is supported by IU’s Office of the Vice President for Research, through the New Frontiers in Arts and Humanities program, and managed by the IU Bloomington Arts & Humanities Council.

Applicants must partner with civic or other community organizations to plan and manage a research agenda with scholarly as well as public deliverables. For this non-competitive program, proposals will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the director of the Arts and Humanities Council and appropriate members of the council. See the National Endowment for the Humanities website for relevant examples.


All IU tenured and tenure-eligible faculty are eligible to apply. Those employed at IU but not on the tenure-track, whose evaluation criteria include research or creative activity, are eligible to submit proposals with an explanation of the importance of research or creative activity to their evaluation in the letter of support from their chair or dean.


  • Both short and long term projects will be considered
  • $25,000 maximum award amount

Application requirements

Prior to applying, please contact Ed Comentale, director of the Arts and Humanities Council and associate vice provost for research at IU Bloomington.

Application sections include:

  • Completed online application form
  • Project narrative and rationale (one-two) pages
  • Completed budget form
  • Project timeline
  • Letters of support from community partners
  • CV