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Luce Initiative - Funding

The Luce Initiative offers sources of funding for faculty and graduate students.


Faculty Funding

Course Development Grant Application 

This course development support is an opportunity to revise or implement new courses and materials focused on qualitative research design and methodologies, with transformative outcomes. Course development awards will be $1000 each (three awarded annually), for either an assigned or previously taught course with an emphasis on re-design and a proposal for a project mentor.


Research Project Grant Application

This support is for comprehensive community-engaged research projects, in thematic areas including creative placemaking, social memory, migration, and environmental justice. A funded project would have support for all proposed purchasing associated with community events, rental spaces, travel costs for data collection, media production costs (photography, maps, printing), data collection and analysis fees, and materials and equipment. This seed grant award could support a stipend for faculty leadership, either as a collaboration or individual. Separate from this project award, the overarching investment in developing a public-facing digital project archive with the Library provides general website support and research dissemination infrastructure. Travel funds for sharing projects at conferences and community event support will be overarching resources, too. 

To view the PDF version of the Research Project Grant Application questions, it can be found here.


Faculty Application Deadlines are October 15, 2023



Graduate Student Funding 

Graduate Student Fellowship Application

As part of our efforts to support and build capacity for community-engaged research, and with support from the Henry Luce Foundation and in partnership with the UCM Center for Humanities, we will be offering up to eight summer fellowships ($7000) connected to graduate student enrichment experiences which include a research role with one of two faculty-led projects sponsored through this initiative, as well as participation in a community-engaged research institute (at the end of May). Thematic areas for these research projects include creative placemaking, social memory, environmental justice, and migration.


Graduate Student Fellowship Application Deadline is December 13, 2021

For more information please visit the Public Humanities Design Studio webpage.