College Arts and Humanities Institute (CAHI) 2015 Grad Student Travel Awards Announced (deadline 9/11)

GRADUATE CONFERENCE TRAVEL AWARDS

Eligibility: Any Ph.D. or MFA student in the arts and humanities (in the College of Arts & Sciences at IU Bloomington) may apply. Students must be enrolled at IU in order to apply for and receive award funding.

Requirements and Criteria

Applications must consist of:

  • a short vita
  • documentation that the student has had a paper accepted for the conference
  • a brief abstract (no more than 200 words) of the paper to be given
  • a letter of support, from a faculty advisor or the departmental DGS, outlining the student’s progress toward the degree and the significance of the conference in relation to the student’s work
  • documentation that there are no outstanding charges on student’s bursar account

Materials should be sent in electronic form to cahi@indiana.edu. Letters of support can come separately, if that is desired, but should also be sent to cahi@indiana.edu.

Awards may be up to $1000.

Recipients must wait an academic year before reapplying.

Deadline: Friday, September 11, 2015

DISSERTATION OR MFA THESIS RESEARCH TRAVEL AWARDS

Eligibility: Any Ph.D. student in the arts and humanities (in the College of Arts & Sciences at IU Bloomington) who has completed all course work, been advanced to candidacy, and who is at work on the dissertation. MFA students must be within one year of completing their thesis work. Students must be enrolled at IU in order to apply for and receive award funding.

Requirements and Criteria

Applications must consist of:

  • a short vita
  • a short research statement, outlining the research to be done, and the necessity of the travel (no more than 750 words)
  • a budget outlining expected costs
  • a letter of support from a faculty advisor
  • documentation that there are no outstanding charges on student’s bursar account

Materials should be sent in electronic form to cahi@indiana.edu. Letters of support can come separately, if that is desired, but should also be sent to cahi@indiana.edu.

Awards may be up to $2000.

Deadline: Friday, September 11, 2015

Guide to Writing a Performance Grant

April 2, 2012, for Professor Giovanni Zanovello’s class, The Masses of Josquin des Prez

I have organized some basic principles for writing both the proposal narrative and budget portions of your grant assignment. The prezi file (a PowerPoint alternative, free for educators) outlining these guidelines is below. You can progress through the slides in order, but you can also zoom in and out and click to any location in the material. When we meet, I will elaborate on some of these guidelines with specific examples, including some of your own, ideally. I will also bring with me some grant evaluation forms that will be helpful as you read your own and each other’s proposals. I have tried to balance the information between details that are specific to your current assignment and general guidelines that will help you prepare grant proposals in the future–please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions!

Cassie Chambliss, GGC Consultant

Update: April 6, 2012

See Dr. Jeffrey Hass’s advice–Applying for Artistic Grants and Fellowships: Some practical suggestions learned from personal experiences, both good and bad–on our proposal writing resource page.

Structuring your grant proposal: There is no single strategy that works in all situations, but these guidelines can help you organize your narrative:

  1. Make sure reviwers know the gist of your project in the first half page. One strategy is to start with a “power intro,” a one- to three-sentence nutshell right at the top, then move into the main sections of your narrative.
  2. Make sure the narrative explicitly and obviously addresses each element of the application/instructions. Many people use them as section headings.
  3. Make sure the organization serves the primary functions of the narrative: persuade reviewers of the significance of your project, of the originality of your project or approach, and of your ability to carry out the project successfully. Details about scheduling and budget items should be put into the service of those purposes–don’t bury the point under a bunch of details.
  4. Find examples of proposals for the same or similar grants, and shamelessly steal organizational strategies.

Sample Grant Proposals:

  1. I’ve added links to some examples here, though you’ll have to translate what you find into useful principles for your field. The NEH and NEA examples on the UT Knoxville page are, unfortunately, password protected, but there is a simple performing arts proposal at the bottom of the page.
  2. Ask granting agencies and grant adminstrators if they make past applications available for review. For example, many of the past applications for Fulbright grants from IU students are available in the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs. Contact their office to make an appointment.
  3. Contact successful applicants and ask to see their proposals. Don’t be shy.

Budgets:

Tools for constructing a budget can be found on our Budget Resources page.

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If the prezi window below doesn’t work, try using this link instead:
http://prezi.com/jgber8fd19pa/guide-to-writing-a-performance-grant/?auth_key=2e2e1984b333a9a8f1347486405df8c51657f57a