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Subvention Grants

Applications will be accepted until:  12:00 noon on Friday, February 3, 2023

Maximum amount: $2,000

Subvention Grants can provide partial support toward expenses incurred in the publication of single-authored scholarly books and monographs, the recording of musical performances, and the installation of art exhibits. Other activities associated with the visual and performing arts may be eligible for subvention. 


All HFA tenured and tenure-track faculty members may apply.

Faculty members who apply for HFA subvention must first submit a proposal to the University’s subvention program (deadline:  Friday, January 14, 2022).  Although applicants for university subvention may not learn if they will receive support prior to the HFA subvention deadline, they should be aware that the disposition of a university subvention application will be taken into consideration. 

The College of Humanities and Fine Arts follows University practice and will not fund expenses for translation and routine author activities such as indexing, proofreading, copy editing, purchasing copies, etc.

Application Process

Complete the Subvention Grant online application.

Although you will be able to save and return to your application before submitting it, you may wish to prepare the following materials in advance.  This will allow you to copy and paste responses and to have other documents ready to upload. 

  1.  A clear and concise description of the work for which you request funding, it's role in your larger research agenda or creative plan, and why subvention is needed. (maximum of 750 characters)
  2. A single PDF with external materials that document your arrangements with the entity to which subvention would be paid.  For example, a contract, letters requiring a subvention payment, an invitation to exhibit, etc.
  3. Upload a detailed budget that includes all subvention expenses. 
    --Present your budget as a spreadsheet, a chart or table, or as a list.  Include all sources of support or in-kind contributions (e.g. from your department or the exhibit host, use of MSP funds, outside support, etc.) and all  expense categories (on what items or how the funds would be spent,  e.g. copyright permission, image rights, publisher subvention, CD production and distribution, artwork shipping and crating, etc.) and the amounts associated with each.   Narrative budgets are discouraged.
    --For each expense category, provide the actual cost of the item or enter an informed estimate of  the cost. 

Criteria for Evaluation

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following ranked criteria and will be awarded on a competitive basis:

  • the importance of the material to the applicant’s professional development and research agenda/creative plan;
  • the likelihood that the scholarly or creative work will be disseminated or occur during calendar year 2022.
  • priority will be given to proposals from junior faculty members who are approaching their tenure decision year (TDY).

For more information

Contact Senior Associate Dean Joye Bowman.