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Public Engagement Funding

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Call for Applications to Be Nominated for Public Engagement Program Funding

Current members of the American Academy of Religion may apply to the AAR to be nominated for Whiting Foundation funding for a Publication Engagement Seed Grant ($10,000) or a Public Engagement Fellowship ($50,000).* The funding is for early career faculty whose project and professional expertise are in the field of religion in the humanities.** The deadline for submitting your application for nomination is May 14. Nominations will be reviewed by representatives from the AAR Committee on the Public Understanding of Religion, and you will be notified by June 4 whether the AAR will nominate you. By June 15, nominees will need to submit a much more developed online application to the Whiting Foundation.

Prior to applying, read the six-page Whiting Public Engagement Program guidelines. They provide a description of the program, its eligibility requirements, and the subsequent application process to the Whiting Foundation for those nominated by the AAR. Note that your project must be primarily designed to engage one or more specific publics beyond the academy― but that public-facing writing will not be funded.

To apply for AAR nomination, complete by May 14 the application, including uploading required documents:

  • Project Overview (two-page maximum) addressing:

    • the need for the project and its intended outcomes
    • how your project differentiates itself in addressing that need
    • your target public audience and how you will engage them
    • brief description of your current and/or past public-facing work
       
  • Concise Resume (two-page maximum) highlighting your:

    • key academic credentials
    • religion expertise relevant to the proposed project
    • public-facing experience and skills

Bear in mind that if nominated by the AAR, the time you will have to submit a more developed proposal to the Whiting Foundation may be as little as ten days. It is therefore recommended that― during the interim between applying for nomination and learning of the nominations decision― you give substantial thought to the substance of what you would include in your Whiting proposal, if nominated. 

For more information, contact Steve Herrick at sherrick@aarweb.org.

 

* The foundation requires that applicants be US citizens or US residents (but not necessarily both).

** For funding eligibility, early career faculty is defined as having been full-time humanities faculty for two or more academic years as of September 2018—untenured, pre-tenured, or having received tenure in the last five years (i.e., at or after the end of academic year 2012-13 and with respect to the first receipt of tenure, even if it occurred at a different institution.)