Summer Seminar

A Major Collaborative Project 

The Obermann Summer Seminar is an opportunity to lead a major collaborative project that will result in some form of publication or public work. The director(s) of the seminar must be a University of Iowa faculty member or full-time research staff. The seminar can include approximately a dozen participants. While most will be visiting scholars and researchers, faculty and research staff from The University of Iowa can also participate. The outcome should make a significant contribution to the fields of the participants, whether as a print or digital publication or in another form that promises real impact. Participants meet for a one- to three-week period of sustained interaction at the Obermann Center, usually between June 1 and July 30. We will make one award of up to $40,000.

Overview

The Obermann Summer Seminar is an opportunity to lead a major collaborative project that will result in some form of publication or public work. The director(s) of the seminar must include a University of Iowa faculty member or research staff. The award funds approximately a dozen national/global participants working on the topic, although UI faculty and research staff may also participate. The outcome should  make a significant contribution to the fields of the participants, whether as a print or digital publication or in another form that promises real impact. Participants meet for a one- to three-week period of sustained interaction at the Obermann Center, usually between mid-May and mid-June. 

Eligibility

  • One person may apply as director or 2-3 people may apply as co-directors; one co-director must be a UI faculty member.
  • The directors must have a record of scholarship in the proposed area.
  • Individuals who have received this award in the last four years are not eligible for this competition.

Required Items

Send the following materials as ONE PDF to obermann-center@uiowa.edu:

  • A letter describing your proposed topic for a Summer Seminar, including the topic's importance, anticipated outcomes, and possible participants.
  • A short CV for each director.