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2022 Seed Grants

The Kaplan Humanities Institute at Northwestern is accepting applications for Seed Grant Funding to support preparatory work in anticipation of the fall 2022 Humanities Without Walls (HWW) Grand Research Challenge  grant application cycle. This initiative is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Deadline: May 1, 2022

Seed Grant Funding of up to $5,000 will be awarded to applicants to support proposal development leading up to the HWW Grand Research Challenge application deadline in November 2022.

The review committee is looking for interdisciplinary, collaborative proposals that take a research-based approach to the wide range of subjects and concerns animating the humanities and arts today. Review a list of Grand Research Challenge projects supported by HWW over the last five years.

The November 2022 round of HWW Grand Research Challenge grants has no theme. But successful proposals will build a commitment to methodologies of reciprocity and redistribution into their project design that is clearly communicated in their proposal narratives, regardless of the research topic or area of focus. That is, they will demonstrate how the collaborations and partnerships within their project are grounded in reciprocal and equitable relationships that are co-created and co-designed with those collaborators. And they will illustrate how the project is designed to distribute its work beyond the team and its home institution. Learn more about HWW and the Grand Research Challenge initiative.

Seed grant funds will be transferred to successful applicants’ faculty discretionary chart strings—the Kaplan Institute is not able to support the implementation of these funds.

Application Deadline

Friday, May 1, 2022 - 11:59pm CST


To be eligible for the grand challenge funding (November 2022 deadline), research teams must include participants from at least two HWW consortial partner institutions OR one or more of the following: regional and community colleges; MSIs, HBCUs, tribal colleges and universities; or community organizations. 

Applications for the spring 2022 Seed Funds competition do NOT have to have external partnerships in place in order to apply. Seed Grant applicants must be full-time tenure track faculty at Northwestern, though collaborators needn’t be.

Application Guidelines

Seed Grant Funding applications should be 1-3 pages double-spaced and should include the following:


Submit all materials as a single PDF to Tom Burke ( Please indicate "HWW Seed Grant submission" in the subject line of your email.


Please contact Tom Burke ( with questions.

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