Faculty Research Grants in International, Regional, and Comparative Studies

Deadline for Applications:       

Friday, March 12, 2021 (for July 1, 2021 project start)

The MacMillan Center Faculty Research Grants are available to full-time ladder faculty at Yale University in any department or school. Research grants are awarded for innovative international projects that will increase understanding in any era of specific countries and societies; for problem-oriented and comparative studies within and between regions; and for studies in international relations and global affairs. Projects in the natural sciences, the arts, health fields, and environmental studies will normally be considered only if they focus substantially on some inter-disciplinary aspects of human and/or institutional behavior drawing on the humanities and social sciences. Please note that several considerations have been made due to the COVID-19 outbreak, details for which follow below. Should conditions affect the 21-22 award cycle on-campus, we will let recipients know.

For relevant projects in the humanities, please contact the Griswold Fund Committee, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St., Box 208298, New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8298.

Applicants will be notified, via email, no later than April 30, 2021.

In recent years, the MacMillan Center has received requests for funding that exceeds what we have available. Given that most applications we receive are excellent, that unfortunately leaves us unable to fund all the meritorious proposals we receive. Priority will be given to those who have not been funded recently, and to those whose proposals seem especially timely and pressing for our faculty’s scholarship. We encourage a mix of disciplines and perspectives, especially interdisciplinary and inter-area work.

Note: If you have received a Faculty Research Grant in the last cycle, your chances of receiving funding will be lower this time around. Furthermore, apply only if you are sure you will be able to execute your event in the next year. Do not apply if you plan on being on leave or sabbatical. We hold the competition every year, so you can always apply next year.

General Principles Governing Awards

Typically, awards can be up to $18,000 per project. An application may be submitted jointly by several members of the faculty who wish to collaborate on a larger project or research program although the total funding awarded to the project will not exceed $18,000.

All applicants are urged to also pursue external non-MacMillan and non-Yale funding. The MacMillan Center Faculty Research Grant applications/awards may be used to supplement such other grants. Total budgets must be shown.

No awards will be made for equipment purchases, to subsidize publications, or to cover travel and expenses for attendance and participation at professional meetings, or for purposes of general study or course preparation. MacMillan Center funds cannot be used for business class travel.

Funds cannot be used to pay academic year salaries, summer salaries or stipends, or for leaves of absence without pay.

A completed application must include:

•  cover sheet

• project description (2 pages)

• total budget break-down and a timeline of activities

• curriculum vitae including ONLY those items relevant to the proposed project.

Note that you do not have to submit any letters of recommendation.

 The application portal is now closed.

COVID-19 Considerations:

In light of continuing Covid-19 related restrictions both on and off campus, the MacMillan Center is allowing Faculty Research Grant recipients from academic year 2019-20, and academic year 2020-21 to extend the use of these funds into academic year 2021-22. If you have not done so already but would like to request the deferment of your existing Faculty Research grant—approval is not automatic—please fill out this form.

Funds that have already been used cannot be replenished, so any arrangements made in advance should be refundable when possible.

If you applied for the 2020-21 academic year, and deferred in anticipation of disruptions due to the COVID-19 outbreak, you need not resubmit all your materials, but please note this in question 7 with your proposed timeline.

If you have questions, email marilyn.wilkes@yale.edu.