Info Session: Whiting Public Engagement Fellowships & Seed Grants

Friday, February 1, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am
Event Location: 
Obermann Center for Advanced Studies
111 Church St.
Iowa City, IA 52245
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The University of Iowa has been invited to nominate up to two humanities professors for the prestigious Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship and the Public Engagement Seed Grant programs for 2020-21These programs are intended to celebrate and empower faculty who embrace public engagement as part of the scholarly vocation. The foundation hopes to support humanists who are expert in many different fields and a set of public-facing projects that use a variety of approaches, media, and methods.


These are unique programs that have supported impressive work in publicly engaged scholarship.  We strongly recommend that department chairs and faculty members explore the kinds of projects that have been successful in the past: previous fellows / 2018-19 seed grantees.


To be eligible for either program, nominees must be full-time humanities faculty at an accredited US institution of higher learning as of September 2019; they must be early-career, which the foundation defines as pre-tenure, untenured, or having received tenure in the last five years (at or after the end of academic year 2013-14). This timing refers to the professor's first receipt of tenure, even if it occurred at a different institution. Full-time adjunct faculty at an equivalent career stage are eligible.


An informational workshop is scheduled for Friday, February 1, 9:30–11:00 a.m. at the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, 111 Church Street, Iowa City.  Please RSVP to


The internal deadline for the program is 11:59 PM, Monday, March 18, 2019See for additional details and to apply.  Selected nominees must submit an initial short form application to the Whiting Foundation by Friday, June 14. 


If you have questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Teresa Mangum (, Director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, or Meenakshi Gigi Durham (, Associate Dean for Outreach and Engagement.