The seed grant program supports humanities-based projects that engage with social challenges in the past, present or future. Successful projects employ humanities or creative interdisciplinary methodologies.

Seed grant projects demonstrate intellectual merit, potential impact on scholarship or social change, and strong prospects of receiving external funding. Seed grants fund 12 months of work either as an individual (up to $9,000) or an ASU team (up to $12,000). Seed grants are intended to develop a proof-of-concept project so that recipients can apply for external funds. Recipients are required to apply for external funding within two years of the start of the seed grant.

Note that because the Institute is funded foremost for humanities units and faculty, the seed grants are primarily for faculty in humanities units or humanities faculty in non-humanities units (such as art historians in a school of art or philosophers in a school of science). Faculty outside of the humanities but deploying a clearly humanities methodology are encouraged to contact the Institute to discuss their projects prior to applying and/or work with a humanities faculty member for a team seed grant.

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HI Seed Grant Applications Due: Monday, Mar. 11, 2024

Submission and application instructions can be found in the downloadable PDF, and through the InfoReady application link.

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Current seed grant projects

Funding Cycle 2023 Fall

Building a Public-Facing Toolkit for Responsive and Responsible Activism about Gun Violence

“Building a Public-Facing Toolkit for Responsive and Responsible Activism about Gun Violence” is a collaboration between Dr. Laura Turchi, clinical professor of English and Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies affiliate faculty, and Dr.

Architectural photo of Tohoku University, Graduate School of Engineering Research Complex Lab

Transnational experience of Japanese American shin-nisei

“Transnational experience of Japanese American shin-nisei” investigates the experience of Gen Z “shin-nisei,” the children of Japanese immigrants who migrated to the US after World War II, attending university in their ethnic homeland, Japan.

 Design sketch from Gheorghe Codrea’s production of Liviu Glodenu’s opera, “Zamolxe” (1973)

Women’s Bodies, Reproductive Freedom and Government Control: Testimonies from Socialist Romania

In 1966, Romania’s government issued the infamous “decree 770,” a measure that banned contraceptive measures and severely restricted access to legal abortions. The issuance and implementation of degree 770 was not driven by religious or moral convictions.

Funding Cycle 2023 Spring

Students in class writing

A systematic review of qualitative research in the teaching of secondary writing

“A systematic review of qualitative research in the teaching of secondary writing.” The literature on teaching writing in American secondary (grades 6-12) classrooms has proliferated over the past few decades, crossing geographical disciplinary, theoretical and methodological boundaries.

David Moreno, Mona Maya, 2000, serigraph, 30” x 22”

A Virtual Exhibition of the Hispanic Research Center’s Latinx Art Collection

“A Virtual Exhibition of the Hispanic Research Center’s Latinx Art Collection.” The Hispanic Research Center at ASU has a world-class collection of Latinx art, rivaling the depth and breadth of the most prominent holdings in any location.

Jain temple

Collecting Devotion: Temples to Jinas

“Collecting Devotion: Temples to Jinas,” is visualized as a photo exhibition of Jain temples across the world. The exhibition is intended to showcase the development of Indian temple architecture through the lens of Jain temples.

Book Cover Genre et identites (French)

Performing Gender at the Time of Colette

“Performing Gender at the Time of Colette” aims to bring the work of French writer Colette (1873–1954) and her peers on gender to the ASU community, with a Gay Identities in Modern French Culture course in fall 2023, as well as a series of free public lectures by international scholars specializi

Sam Trotman photo of city - unspalsh

Philosophical Skepticism in the Real World

“Philosophical Skepticism in the Real World.” Philosophical skepticism is one of the most significant and enduring ideas in the history of Western philosophy. A common view about skepticism espoused by David Hume, C.S.

World Conquest in Medieval Eurasian Literature and Art manuscript excerpt

World Conquest in Medieval Eurasian Literature and Art

“World Conquest in Medieval Eurasian Literature and Art” examines the origins, uses and effects of ideas about global domination in medieval Eurasia.