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Collaborative Colloquia: 2017–2018

The Institute for the Arts and Humanities announces a new funding program: Collaborative Colloquia. The purpose of the colloquia is to bring together scholars and/or artists from interdisciplinary fields around a theme, topic, or project. The Institute will function as an intellectual home for up to five groups each academic year, and will provide publicity for events and arrange rooms for meetings. 


Colloquia meetings can consist of readings and discussion, writing workshops, or creative projects of any kind. Groups may invite speakers or other visitors for public events. Two faculty coordinators will be responsible for attending an initial informational meeting, completing all necessary funding paperwork, ensuring regular meetings of the group, communicating with the Associate Director, and submitting a year-end report detailing the important outcomes of the year for the participants. All non-tenured and tenure-track faculty members are eligible to serve as coordinators, but each coordinator must be based in a different department. Group members should consist of a mix of faculty members and graduate students, from at least two departments within the University and/or Commonwealth campuses. (Faculty or graduate students not named in the initial proposal may request participation in an already formed group via the Associate Director and the Faculty Coordinators.) Funding of up to $1500 is available for materials and honoraria. Funds may be used for catering services for meetings, but these should not exceed fifty percent of the total budget.


APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Monday, April 3, 2017


 All applications must include the following in one PDF document:

1)     CVs of two faculty members functioning as coordinators

2)     Proposal (not to exceed 1000 words) including:

  1. Name of group
  2. Topic Description, including scholarly/artistic significance
  3. Detailed outline of 6 (minimum) meetings over the 2016-2017 academic year, including a schedule of when the group will meet

3)     Names and email addresses of at least 4 faculty/students who have agreed to take part

Applications must be emailed to IAH by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 3, 2017. Please use the subject line “Collaborative Colloquia.” All files should be combined into a single PDF document and attached. Applications that do not follow these guidelines will be summarily rejected. All applicants will receive an email receipt; please follow up if you do not hear back within one week.


Proposals will be evaluated and recommendations made to the Director by the Institute’s Advisory Board. Awards will be announced by mid-April 2017.


Coordinators of groups funded in 2017-18 may re-apply for the 2018-19 round. Year-end reports should be included in the application and will be taken into account for continued support. Coordinators not reapplying should submit a report on their project no later than thirty days after the end of the academic year.

Appropriate acknowledgment of the Institute’s support must be given in all presentations, performances, exhibitions, publications, and other related group activities.

For more information, contact:

Lori Sabatose, Administrative Assistant 

Tel: (814) 865-0495, Fax: (814) 863-8349, E-mail:

103 Ihlseng Cottage  University Park, PA 16802 

Revised May 2016