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Whiting Public Engagement Fellowships

The Whiting Foundation has invited the RSA to make nominations for Whiting Public Engagement Fellowships for pre-tenure and recently tenured faculty members. Guidelines for the 2020–21 fellowships, which award $50,000 for fully developed public engagement projects and $10,000 for developing new projects, are available online.

Any RSA member who is not tenured or who has earned tenure since the 2013–14 academic year is eligible to apply for a Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship, which rewards and encourages humanities work that engages a community beyond the university. Whiting’s aims are to “underscore just how essential the realm of ideas is in helping us absorb the news of the day, participate as citizens, and live a full life; and ultimately help to restore broader faith in the value of advanced work in the humanities.” The guidelines on the site are particularly clear about what they require (and what they look for) in proposals, and we urge those who are inclined to apply to read Whiting’s rich articulation of requirements.

Information about the most recent cohort of Public Engagement fellows is available here. More information on the Whiting Foundation’s $10,000 Seed Grants can be found here.

The RSA may nominate up to four members for consideration for these fellowships. To apply, please follow the Whiting guidelines for proposals and submit your proposal to whiting@rsa.org by 1 April. A committee of RSA members who have experience with public engagement will review proposals and will work with a small number of applicants to further develop the proposals for submission to Whiting early in the summer.

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