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         The Society for the Humanities administers the Brett de Bary Interdisciplinary Mellon Writing Groups, generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Faculty and graduate students are encouraged to submit applications for this program. Funds for Interdisciplinary Writing Groups are intended to encourage activities related to writing and publication, to be carried out throughout one academic year by groups of faculty and graduate students in the humanities.
        Two grants of up to $5,000 per year will be made available to groups of 5-7 participants, working in at least two different humanities departments, who can demonstrate that their research interests productively converge.  Applications should present a schedule of meetings to be held in the course of the academic year, which would necessarily include presentation to the group of a work-in-progress by each member. Such sessions should offer substantive response and discussion, by the group, of each individual paper. Groups may schedule other, optional activities, as desired.
        Each group application should include a budget.   Funds may be used to provide dinner and/or refreshments on the occasions of paper presentations, as well as to provide research support for each group member.  Alternatively, funds could be pooled to bring a visiting scholar to Cornell for a workshop or retreat focused on writing projects of participants, or to support manuscript preparation or other costs associated with publication of work of participants in the group.

Brett de Bary Interdisciplinary Mellon Writing Group Application Guidelines

 Applications for de Bary Interdisciplinary Mellon Writing Groups should be submitted by two co-organizers (faculty only) representing different departments or fields within the humanities. Each writing group should consist of 5-7 members, including faculty and graduate students.Applications should be submitted electronically (preferably in one pdf file) to Mary Ahl ( at the Society for the Humanities by April 17, 2015
Applicants should submit the following materials:
1.      A statement of no more than 1,000 words describing a rationale for linking the work of participants from different disciplines. The statement should show how each participant’s perspective would contribute to elaborating and enriching a common context for research.  Priority will be given to groups who demonstrate how their activities might benefit from the presence of visiting scholars at the Society for the Humanities during the year of the grant.  The Society’s focal theme for 2015-16 is “Time.”
2.      A one-paragraph description of a writing project from each participant, including plans (imminent or long-term) for publication.
3.      A CV for each member of the group.
4.      A schedule of meetings and activities for the coming year. (A series of meetings organized around the circulation, presentation, and discussion of a work in progress by each member is the basic requirement. Other activities are optional.)
5.      A brief budget. Funds may be used for the following four categories: a.) dinner and refreshments at the time of paper presentations,  b.) up to $1,000 in research funds per member of the group (to be reimbursed, not transferred to research accounts),  c.) bringing a visiting scholar to Cornell to conduct a workshop or retreat for the group,  d.) supporting manuscript preparation costs for a collaboratively produced volume.
We invite humanities faculty and graduate students at Cornell to collaborate on applications for these grants. Applications by groups involving faculty and graduate students should be authored by two faculty co-organizers representing different departments or disciplines.  Co-organizers will be responsible for administering funds transferred to their departmental accounts.

Please note:  applicants should not propose dissertation writing groups for which the Society hosts a separate funding competition.
Applications should be delivered in electronic form to Mary Ahl ( ).

Historic Preservation Project Grants Available Through Van Alen

Van Alen Institute is pleased to offer an opportunity for architecture, design, and historic preservation professionals to apply for fiscal sponsorship by New York State Council on the Arts Independent Project grants. Van Alen will sponsor 20 Indepependent Projects through this program.

NYSCA’s 2016 program in Architecture + Design makes grants of up to $10,000 available for individuals (or a team) to creatively explore, or to research an issue or problem in thefields of architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation, fashion, graphic, industrial and/or interior design that advances that field and contributes to a broader understanding of design. The category seeks projects that are innovative in nature and emphasize artistry and design excellence. Projects may lead to the creation of design prototypes, explore new technology which impacts design, research a topic in design or architectural history, or engage in critical or theoretical analyses.

NYSCA Independent Project Grants: What You Need to Know

Design fields which are supported include architecture, landscape architecture, and graphic, fashion, industrial, furniture, and interior design.
Independent Projects originate with the individual (or team). Applications may only be submitted through a sponsoring organization.
Your project dates must fall within Van Alen’s 12-month NYSCA grant period of1/1/2016 – 12/31/2016.
Previously funded projects have included the development of design prototypes, historical studies of building types, critical and theoretical analyses, and explorations of new technology for the design fields.
Funds awarded for Independent Projects are individual artist awards, but are not fellowships. All funded projects are awarded the full amount requested up to $10,000. Requests must include the artist’s fee and may include related project expenses.
Key Guidelines

The individual (or team) must be professionals in their related architecture, design and/or historic preservation field. Architectural and design historians qualify. Visual artists whose work references the built environment are not eligible for support.
The project must emphasize design and reflect one (or more) of the fields supported in the category: architecture, landscape architecture, fashion, graphic, industrial and/or interior design.
This category cannot support past work or current client work. It is intended to support new ideas and explorations which further the evolution of relevant design fields.
Individuals may be associated with only one project request per year. If individuals appear on more than one request, both requests will be deemed ineligible for support.
Faculty in architecture or design schools are welcome to apply. However, their proposed projects must not be part of a course curriculum.
Student projects are ineligible for support. Currently matriculated students must document that their projects are not related to the completion of a degree.
The individual (or team) must provide evidence that they are current New York State residents.
Proof of New York State residency requires two of the documents per individual.
NYSCA funds cannot be used for out-of-state travel expenses.
How to Apply

To apply through Van Alen Institute, please download the registration form (Word document) AND the application form (PDF) and return both completed forms along with all support materials to by midnight on March 23, 2015. All applications should be submitted with the subject line “NYSCA Independent Project Application Request.”

Please note that only complete applications will be reviewed for sponsorship by Van Alen. The Institute will select a maximum of 20 Independent Projects for submission to NYSCA based on their completeness, eligibility, and alignment with Van Alen Institute’s mission. Selected individuals may be asked to submit additional application information betweenMarch 24 and the final NYSCA deadline of April 10, 2015.

All questions regarding this grant opportunity should be directed to

For further information about this funding opportunity and application instructions, see NYSCA’s Architecture + Design Program’s guidelines for the Independent Projects Category at

Paid Internships at the Johnson Museum

Fall 2015 (and beyond) paid internships at the Johnson Museum have just been posted. These positions are open to all majors, and applications are due April 6. Form here: HFJ-Internships2015


Alana Ryder | Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Coordinator for Academic Programs
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art | Cornell University
114 Central Avenue | Ithaca, NY  14853-4001
t: 607.255.2541 | e:

Angela Campbell (Metropolitan Museum), Conserving Works on Paper

Art | Science Intersections lecture 
Conserving Works on Paper
Thursday February 26, 5:15 p.m. Johnson Museum of Art 

Angela Campbell, assistant paper conservator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will discuss pursuing a career as a conservator of works of art on paper.  

This free public lecture is supported in part by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and held in conjunction with the exhibition An Eye for Detail: Dutch Painting from the Leiden Collection and the seminar “Art | Science Intersections,” a collaboration between the Johnson Museum, the Department of the History of Art and Visual Studies, the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS). Additional support was provided through the generosity of Helen-Mae and Seymour R. Askin, Jr. ’47, and of Joseph W. Simon ’80 and Ernest F. Steiner ’63 in honor of Vera C. Simon ’55.

The entire Museum is open Thursdays until 8:00 p.m. now through April 30. Parking for this event is FREE at the metered spots in front of the Museum, and visitors can park at ANY Cornell parking garage. The closest is at Martha Van Rensselaer Hall off Forest Home Drive, about a five-minute walk east of the Museum.

Grants in Digital Collections

From Ellen Harris on Behalf of Dean Gretchen Ritter:

I am pleased to announce the sixth round of the Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences, a program funded by the College of Arts of Sciences and coordinated by Cornell University Library. The goal is to build enduring digital resources in support of scholarly and teaching activities in the College of Arts and Science and at Cornell in general. The application process does not require any technical expertise – all you need is a good idea!

Information about the program’s goals, selection criteria, process, and timelines is available on the grants program website:

The website also includes a list of the inspiring projects funded during 2010-2014:

The application deadline for 2015 grants is March 13, 2015.

The grants program is managed by the Visual Resources Advisory Group, co-chaired by Eric Rebillard (Classics) and Oya Rieger (Library). The advisory group’s goal is to develop and oversee the grants program, as well as to assess and address the faculty¹s current and emerging needs for a usable and sustainable digitization and digital resources support service. The group includes Annetta Alexandridis (History of Art), Judith Eleanor Bernstock (History of Art/Visual Studies), Bonna Boettcher (Library/Music), Frederic Gleach (Anthropology), Sturt Manning (Classics), Lauren Monroe (Near Eastern Studies), and Verity Platt (Classics). 

I appreciate your help in spreading the news about the grants program, and I hope you will consider submitting a proposal.  We look forward to a year of exciting projects.

For more information, please contact Danielle Mericle

Gretchen Ritter

Harold Tanner Dean of Arts and Sciences

Spring 2015 round of CIAMS archaeological scholarships and research grants is open

Visit this page for details and application forms to apply for undergraduate, graduate, and faculty funding opportunities. Note that the Hirsch scholarships are the proper source for undergraduate and graduate archaeological travel, whereas the CIAMS Research Grants are intended to support other aspects of research and fieldwork.

Thanks and good luck!

The CIAMS faculty

Historically Underrepresented Groups Scholarship (HUGS)

[From: “Jeffrey H. Altschul” <>]

SAA is pleased to announce the first cycle of applications and awards for the Historically Underrepresented Groups Scholarship (HUGS). The SAA HUGSprovides funding for minority archaeology students to attend archaeological field schools and thus prepare for careers in archaeology and heritage management.

Few college financial aid packages cover summer lab or field training, making this an out-of-pocket expense. SAA is committed to assisting individuals realize their goals of entering careers in archaeology by offering two types of field school scholarships.

  1. 1.      HUGS Award: up to $5000 to cover program costs and other expenses incurred through participation in archaeological field training. This scholarship cannot be applied to a field school run by the Institute for Field Research (IFR). See the HUGS-IFR Award below.
  1. 2.      HUGS-IFR Award: This scholarship is provided by the Institute of Field Research (IFR) and SAA. 

 The IFR will cover the tuition up to $5000 for attending an IFR field school. Because SAA recognizes the challenges of additional costs associated with attending a field school (airfare, basic field supplies, etc.), it will provide up to $3000 for such expenses incurred to attending the IFR field school.


  1. 1.       Members of historically underrepresented minorities in archaeology, including but not restricted to African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American, and other non-European minorities.*
  2. 2.       Citizens or legal residents of the U.S. or Canada.
  3. 3.       Enrolled in a regionally accredited university in the United States or Canada, or if outside the United States and Canada, a university with equivalent accreditation.  

* Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders are encouraged to apply to the Native American Scholarships program for parallel funding opportunities.

The HUGS scholarship selection is overseen by SAA’s Minority Scholarships Committee.

Applications can be downloaded from the SAA HUGS Webpage.

Application Deadline: Complete applications, including letters of support, must be received by March 15, 2015.


University of Glasgow doctoral funding opportunity

University of Glasgow Lord Kelvin/Adam Smith PhD Scholarship Competition 2015/16: 

Consuming Identities in the ‘Cradle of Civilisations’ – Food Consumption and the Emergence of Social Complexity in Greater Mesopotamia
Supervisors: Dr Claudia Glatz (Archaeology/School of Humanities) and Dr. Jaime Toney (School of Geographical and Earth Sciences)

This project will shed new light onto practices of food consumption and identity in the proverbial
 ‘Cradle of Civilizations’ by investigating the role of specific organic substances in the (re-)production and negotiation of social status and cultural identities at a time when the world’s first urban societies
 developed in greater Mesopotamia. Drawing on recent anthropological and archaeological theories of
 emergent social complexity and the role of food consumption in these processes, the proposed project will examine questions of diet and food habits using a tightly integrated framework of historical, iconographic and archaeological contextual analysis in conjunction with methods derived from organic
 geochemistry to isolate and identify the residues of perishable substances on pottery and lithic tools.
 Of particular interest will be substances generally associated with socially significant consumption events such as wine and beer, whose preference may indicate social and cultural differences in consumption practices in the study region. Secondary products of livestock-rearing such as milk,
 yoghurt and cheese, will be investigated to provide insights into the relationships of settled farmers and more mobile pastoral groups and their connections with the highland regions of the Zagros. The
 question of the local production or importation of such substances will also be addressed. The focus
 region of the project comprises the south Mesopotamian plains and the Zagros piedmonts of modern-day Iraq from the fifth to the second millennium BC.

Candidates interested in being considered for funded PhD study on this project are encouraged to make informal contact with the Lead Supervisor ( in the first instance. Further information, including details of how to apply, can be found on the Postgraduate Research web pages:

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 23 January 2015. Applications should be emailed to Adeline Callander (

British Institute for the Study of Iraq funding opportunities

THE BRITISH INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF IRAQ (GERTRUDE BELL MEMORIAL) – BISI is currently inviting applications for Academic Grants and Visiting Iraqi Scholarships.

Research and Conference Grants (usually up to £4,000)   Annual Pilot Project Grant (usually up to £8,000)
BISI provides funding to support research, conferences and one annual pilot project that focus principally on the lands and peoples of Iraq. We welcome applications from the full range of arts, humanities and social sciences subjects, and topics may cover any time period from prehistory to the medieval period to the present. Under this scheme, applicants should have an official connection to a UK Higher Education Institution.  For full details and to submit an application please visit Continue reading