Funding projects that help push dialogue, critical engagement, and scholarly projects forward is the highest priority of the Institute."

Alexis Boylan, UCHI Director of Academic Affairs

Colloquia, Speakers & Conferences

UCHI encourages departments and faculty wishing to bring colloquia and seminar speakers to campus; or to program scholarly, interdisciplinary conferences on campus, to seek funding support. These funds can be combined with departmental or other funds to support speaker travel and other fees. UCHI will promptly address each proposal. No award will be made without a written proposal and projected budget.UCHI awards are generally provided through a fund transfer to the program leader’s home department.Project leaders then collaborate with departmental administrative staff to access these funds to pay for colloquia or conference expenses.

UCHI Colloquia/Seminar Speaker Support

  • Maximum level: $2,000
  • Email your completed application form to

Application Materials
Colloquia/Seminar Speaker Funding Application
Colloquia/Seminar Speaker Funding Application

UCHI Conference Support

2019–2020 Colloquia and Conference Funding

"Abstractionism 2.0" Conference; Marcus Rossberg (Philosophy)
"Al-Andalus: a Musical Journey" featuring Oscar Herrero; Nicola Carpentrieri (LCL)
Art and Technology Working Group; Kelly Dennis (Art & Art History)
"Documenting the Spontaneous: Puerto Rico's Summer of Protests" Conference; Marisol Ramos (UConn Library)
EoC: Summit of Programmed and Unprogrammed Asian American Studies; Jason Chang (History)
ECOM 10th Anniversary and the "Expression, Language, and Music” Conference; Dorit Bar-On (Philosophy)
"Race, Rights and Rebels: Alternatives to Human Rights and Development" Reading and Event; Evelyn Simien (Political Science)
The Humanities and Science Speaker's Series, 2019–20; Helen Rozwadowski (History); Debapriya Sarkar (English), Alexis Boylan (AAH)
The 32nd North American Conference on Chinese Language (NACCL-32) annual meeting; Chunsheng Yang (LCL)
"The Translation of Letters and Ideas in Cuba's Republic" Conference; Jacqueline Loss & Reynaldo Lastre (LCL)
UConn Spring Puppet Form with a presentation by Dr. Jane Bennett; John Bell (Dramatic Arts)
Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies; Casey Smedberg (English)
Visit and lecture by Annette Vee; Yohei Igarashi (English)
Visit and lecture by Aruna D’Souza, Independent Art Critic and Scholar; Elizabeth Athens (AAH)
Visit and lecture by Bonnitta Roy; Ray DiCapua (AAH)
Visit and lecture by Colson Whitehead; Melina Pappademos (History & Africana Studies)
Visit and lecture by David Gooblar; Leah Begg (English), Yohei Igarashi (English)
Visit and lecture by Grand Prix littéraire d'Afrique noire winner Sami Tchak; Hassanaly Ladha (LCL)
Visit and lecture by Jenny Spinner; Tom Deans (English) (LCL)
Visit and lecture by Johannes Heil, President of the Hochschule für jüdische Studien Heidelberg (Academy for Jewish Studies); Sebastian Wogenstein (LCL)
Visit and lecture by Kate Brown; Shirley Roe (History)
Visit and lecture by Laura Splan; Michael Shawn & Barry Rosenberg (AAH)
Visit and lecture by Mab Segrest; Jane Gordon (Political Science)
Visit and lecture by Nicholas Smith; Tracy llaerna (Philosophy)
Visit and lecture by Rebecca Traister; Frank Costigliola (History)

2018–2019 Colloquia and Conference Funding

Connect Africa Research Workshop, Eleni Coundouriotis (English)
Rob Nixon Lecture on Book Slow Violence, Evelyn Simien (Political Science)
Sibyl Kempson Lecture and Workshop, Darcie Dennigan (English)
Living Objects: African American Puppetry Symposium and Festival, John Bell (Puppetry)
Translating Cuban Letters, a Conversation with Kristin Dyskstra and Anna Kushner, Jacqueline Loss (LCL)
Frege Conference, Marcus Rossberg (Philosophy)
Maritime Asia Conference, Alexis Dudden (History)
War, memory, and Museums: Insights from Modiful Hoque, Shareen Hertel (Political Science, Human Rights)
Discussion – “A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration”, Matthew Pugliese (Drama)
Annual Wallace Stevens Poetry Program with Speaker Claudia Rankine, Penelope Pelizzon and Cathy Schlund-Vials (English)
ECOM 2018-19 Speaker Series + Spring 2019 Workshop, Dorit Bar-On (Philosophy)
Why Don't We Die in the Digital Age?, The School of Fine Arts
Visit and lecture Bryant Simon, Micki McElya (History)
“Reporter in the Line of Fire: Dispatches from Central America, 1983-90” Exhibition & Conference, Scott Wallace (Journalism)
Imagining Landscape: IX LANGSA Annual Conference, Xiaoqiao Xu (LCL)
Visit of Professor Chris Rovee, Yohei Igarashi (English)
Visit of Professor Jasbir Puar, Bhakti Shringarpure (English)
Husky Films Project, Edward Craven (Economics)
Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies, Catherine Albers (English)
Amanda Guzmán, "From Island to Museum: Narrating Puerto Rican Museum Object Itineraries", Sarah Willen (Anthropology)
2019 Conference on the Teaching of Writing: “Active and Accessible” , Brenda Jo Brueggemann (English)
Graffiti and the Forgotten Jews of Antiquity, Sebastian Wogenstein (LCL)
A Critical Graduate Symposium, Chriss Sneed (Sociology)

Humanities Book Support Award

Funds provide support for the production of book-length scholarship by UConn tenured, tenure-track, and in-residence faculty and published by professional presses. It aims to ensure that books of significant scholarly value by University of Connecticut CLAS faculty can be published regardless of market value. This money is provided for the expenses that arise from the final stage of publishing and thus does not fund research or travel expenses. Funds provided by the Committee most often support a publisher-required subvention, but with special justification they may support other requirements, e.g., fees associated with the rights for use of copyrighted material, illustration costs, and printing costs. Faculty should seek research and travel support from their departments, the Institutes, and the Scholarship Facilitation Fund.

The Humanities Book Support Award offers a maximum of $2000 to fund single-authored/co-authored monographs, edited/co-edited collections, and/or scholarly editions. Textbooks are not eligible. The money will be paid directly to the scholar’s research account. It will be expected that if awarded, this funding will be recognized in the acknowledgements of the published book and other materials relating to the promotion of the publication.

Application Information

There are no deadlines for applications. Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis, with responses provided to applicants in about four weeks. Faculty members who wish to apply for funds should submit the following information:

  • 1-2 page cover letter that includes a) the scholarly importance of the manuscript, b) reasons for the subvention and c) the amount of support requested.
  • 1-2 page C.V.
  • Letter from the professional press offering the contract. (Note: letter must explicitly state that a contract is in place, signed, and an estimated publication date. No request will be considered with a formal book contract in evidence.)
  • If the subventions costs cannot be covered by the $2000 Humanities Book Support Award support, please explain what other support monies can be accessed.

Send above materials as one PDF to the Committee chair, Alexis Boylan (

Humanities Book Support Award Committee

Alexis Boylan, Associate Director, Humanities Institute (Chair)
Kent Holsinger, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School
Gustavo Nanclares, Associate Professor of Spanish, Head of Literatures, Cultures and Languages
Cathy Schlund-Vials, Associate Dean for the Humanities, CLAS (ex officio).

Working Groups

UCHI offers the possibility for a small group of faculty members (between four and ten, and may include graduate students) to organize workshops, seminars, and working groups. Participants will discuss readings and/or share their research. Funds to pay for reading materials, other meeting materials, and visits by regional scholars vary by the size and needs of the group, but are capped at $1500.

Those interested in organizing a workshop, seminar, or working group should apply by submitting a two-page proposal. The following categories should be addressed in the body of the proposal:

  • Subject Area
  • Purpose of the workshop
  • Potential outcomes
  • List of program participants
  • Schedule
  • Budget (items may include: copying, book purchases, travel for visiting scholars, food expenses)

Email your proposal to

Support is for one academic year; a report of the group’s accomplishments is due at the end of the academic year (May 15). To continue the working group, reapplication should be submitted in May for support in the following year.

2019–2020 Working Groups

For more information please contact group organizer.

American Studies Writing Group; Chris Vials
Art & Technology Working Group; Kelly Dennis
Early Modern Studies Working Group; Nathan Braccio
History of Science Reading Group; Debapriya Sarkar
MegaBiblion Society; Joseph McAlhany
Political Theory Workshop; Fred Lee

2018–2019 Working Groups

For more information please contact group organizer.

American Studies Writing Group, Chris Vials
History of Science Reading Group, Helen Rozwadoski
Graduate Pedagogy Group, Fiona Somerset
Decolonizing the Curriculum Reading Group, Lisa Sanchez
MegaBiblion Society, Joseph McAlhany
Political Theory Workshop, Fred Lee
Early Modern Studies, Brendan Kane

Grants for Folger Research

The Early Modern Studies Working Group supports travel awards to visit the Folger Shakespeare Library, as part of UConn's involvement with the Folger Institute Consortium.  These travel awards will be available for FALL 2019 travel this year (due to the closing of the Folger for renovations in January, 2020).

Travel Awards

Graduate student travel awards can be up to $750 and faculty travel awards can be up to $500. Please complete the application form, which includes a research plan and proposed budget for the trip. Review of applications will begin on September 1st and continue on a rolling basis until October 15th.  Given the limited number of funds, early applications are encouraged. Please e-mail or Greg Semenza ( with any questions.

Top-up Awards

When graduate students or faculty participate in Folger scholarly programming, they can apply to for this award. The award will be smaller than the travel awards and is meant to supplement travel expenses that have already been funded by a grant-in-aid from the Folger. The award is intended to allow participants in Folger programming to stay in Washington for a few extra days to conduct research. To apply, please send a proposed budget, schedule, the name of the program you are attending, and a research plan to Applications for this award are accepted at any time during the academic year, though funding is limited.

All awardees will be expected to write a report and blog post based on their experiences at the Folger.

Faculty Grant Application Assistance

The Humanities Institute has contracted with an experienced writer and scholar to provide confidential, individual critical and editorial assistance for UCONN faculty preparing applications for national fellowships. When applying for grants, it is never easy to find the right balance between under- and over-selling oneself and one’s work. This service is designed to help UConn faculty find ways to present their work to review panels in terms that will be compelling for specialists and non-specialists alike. Please send your e-mailed request for application review to

Baden-Wuerttemberg Faculty Mobility Program

UConn faculty interested in visiting colleagues at one or several Baden-Württemberg Universities is invited to apply for short-term travel grants. The objective of this program is to help initiate new cooperation activities and to strengthen existing cooperation between Connecticut and Baden-Württemberg.

Amount of Awards and Funding period

  1. Grants are offered for short-term (3–10 day) visits to Baden-Württemberg, to assist with travel and living costs.
  2. Travel allowance: 1,200 EUR
  3. Funding per diem: 135 EUR (arrival/departure day will be counted as half days each)
  4. The visit must take place in the calendar year 2019 (January – December 2019). The grant will be disbursed towards the hosting institution by the Ministry and subsequently to the individual.


Applicants must hold an appropriate appointment at their home institution, which officially participates in the Connecticut – Baden-Württemberg Exchange. Participation in the mobility program implies a deliberate and active commitment to the project of building durable bridges, at the departmental level,
between the partner institutions in Connecticut and Baden-Württemberg.

Application deadline

Deadline TBA
Pending the number of applications received and awarded, the Ministry may issue another call for proposals to be submitted in the spring of 2019.


The application consists out of:

  1. Application form
    (including CV and list of publications)
  2. Description of purpose of visit, including reason for choice of host researcher / host institution and potential for developing additional contact and cooperation between the units represented by the applicant and the proposed host.

The complete application shall be sent to:

Elisabeth Trnka-Hammel - Coordinator
Connecticut-Baden-Wuerttemberg Program, Heidelberg University


Yuhang Rong, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Global Affairs
University of Connecticut,
Telephone: (860) 486-3152

Elisabeth Trnka-Hammel
Connecticut-Baden-Wuerttemberg Program
Heidelberg University
Telephone: +49 6221 54 12740