Date Open: 
Whiting Public Engagement Programs
Agency Deadline: 
Limit per Institution: 
1 in Fellowship category
Important Notes: 
1 in Seed Grant category - filled

The Whiting Foundation—Public Engagement Fellowship, 2022-23 Cycle

Oregon State University has been invited to nominate early-career humanities faculty (received their doctorate between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2020) for the 2022-23 cycle of the Whiting Public Engagement Programs.  Tenure track and non-tenure track are eligible; part-time and full-time are eligible.

These programs aim to celebrate and empower early-career humanities faculty who undertake ambitious projects to infuse the depth, historical richness, and nuance of the humanities into public life. In brief, the two programs are:

  • A Fellowship of $50,000 for projects far enough into development or execution to present specific, compelling evidence that they will successfully engage the intended public.
  • A Seed Grant of $10,000 for projects at a somewhat earlier stage of development, where more modest resources are needed to test or pilot a project or to collaborate with partners to finalize the planning for a larger project and begin work.

Download the program guidelines here

Limited Submission:   1 in Fellowship category and 1 in Seed Grant category
  • April 30, 2021 - Internal application to Research office Due 5 pm pacific time - Enter information and upload to SMARTSHEET FORM
  • May 14, 2021 - Selected nominee notified
  • Jun 1, 2021: OSU will submit the name of our nominee to Whiting
  • Jun 14: Nominees submit their first‐round applications through the online portal 
From the Whiting Foundation - Note a few key changes:
  • We have specified focus disciplines within the humanities, namely: history; the study of literature, visual art, music, and other arts; philosophy; and area studies combining these fields, such as classics and African‐ American studies 
  • We now define early‐career as having received the doctorate in or since 2008   
    • Applicants have to have been employed as either full- or part-time faculty in AY21 and AY22 and received their doctorate between 2008 and 2020.  
  • Part‐time faculty are now eligible You are invited to nominate an early‐career faculty candidate for either program or one for each, at your discretion.
  •  Ongoing: Nominators, nominees, and prospective nominees may attend information sessions we will hold online at 2pm ET on the first Wednesday of each month from February through June to answer any questions about the application and selection process. (These are entirely optional.)
Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)
  • Name of PI(s)
  • Specify the program you are applying to - Fellowship or Seed Grant
  • Project Summary (2 pages maximum): Provide a compelling summary of your public-facing project, making clear the humanities content, format of engagement, and anything to be produced by the project (if applicable). Lay out all of the activities you and your collaborators will undertake and specify your desired outcomes as clearly as possible. Identify the partners who will be critical to the project’s success.
  • Resumes/ CVs of Principal Investigator(s)
  • Budget Overview (1 page maximum): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed budgets are not required.

April 30, 2021 - Internal application to Research office Due 5 pm pacific time - Enter information and upload to    SMARTSHEET FORM

Special note - If you have issues using the form, then

  • Email to by April 30, 2021 - 5 pm pacific time.
Additional notes from the Whiting Foundation information session:

Whiting is prioritizing interpretive humanities this year, which include the following fields:

  1. History
  2. Study of literature or arts (i.e., comparative literature, art criticism)
  3. Philosophy
  4. (Or any fields that combine these)

Importantly: they are looking for public-facing projects that are already fully formed, such as those that have been piloted/tested, use current collaborative relationships, or are existing projects that can be scaled or taken in a new direction.