Faculty Research Grants in International, Regional, and Comparative Studies

Deadline for Applications:       

Monday, March 28, 2022 (for July 1, 2022 project start)

The MacMillan Center Faculty Research Grants are available to full-time ladder faculty at Yale University in any department or school.

MacMillan 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, 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. 

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

Most applications we receive are excellent, but in recent years, the MacMillan Center has received many more requests for funding than the budget that we have available. This means that unfortunately we are unable to fund all the meritorious proposals we receive.

Priority will be given to those who have not been funded recently, to junior faculty for whom these awards could lead to larger projects and to those whose proposals seem especially timely and pressing for our faculty’s scholarship. We give preference especially to interdisciplinary work and encourage faculty to cooperate on projects. Additional consideration will be given to faculty cooperating with one of the existing MacMillan programs or councils.

Note: Please only apply if you are sure you will execute your project in the next year, and do not apply if you plan on being on leave or sabbatical, for example. 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. Faculty who wish to collaborate on a larger project or research program are encouraged to apply together, 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, but when applying please share total budgets for the project. Applicants who are searching for additional funding are encouraged to indicate this in their proposal to allow someone from the MacMillan team to follow up with any ideas of additional opportunities.

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. These 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.

To apply please share:

• A project description (please share whatever you already have on the project – if writing something new it should not exceed a 1 page summary)

• A total budget break-down and a timeline of activities

• Curriculum vitae of those involved in the project

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

 Please complete the application through the online form here.

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 years 2019-20, 2020-21, and 2021-2022 to extend the use of these funds into academic year 2022-2023. 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.