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Whiting Foundation

 Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship


Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the Limited Submission Program (LSP) is open to all Texas A&M University faculty and principal investigators who meet the eligibility requirements. Texas A&M and The Texas A&M University System agencies jointly administer this process to select the proposal(s) that will be submitted to the sponsor in response to this solicitation.


PI Eligibility:   Institutions may nominate either or both of the following:

• One humanities professor who took up tenure between fall 2011 and fall 2016; and

• One full-time, untenured humanities professor with at least two full years of service.


The fellowship is designed for professors whose expertise and proposed project are both squarely in the humanities. The Humanities Indicators Project has compiled a useful list of humanities disciplines. For the purpose of this fellowship, we distinguish between the interpretive humanities and the creative arts. For example, a professor proposing to choreograph a new dance piece would not be eligible, though one proposing a film on the history and meaning of the work of a choreographer would be.


The proposal will be prepared and submitted by Sponsored Research Services (SRS).


Proposal Limit: 2


Summary: This fellowship aims to identify professors with a demonstrated commitment to using their intellectual expertise to reach wider audiences and to fund ambitious projects designed to have direct and significant impact on a specific public outside the academy.


 A fellowship of $40,000 will be provided to fund six consecutive months of leave; an additional stipend of up to $10,000 will be made available to cover project costs such as travel, collaboration, technology, and training – any cost reasonably necessary for the success of the project is eligible.


(This is the default model. Note that nominees may propose in the application an alternative use for the $50,000 fellowship – e.g., course release over more than one term, or more of the funds directed toward project costs – if the default model is not the most effective way to further the candidate’s public-facing project. Our goal is to provide the support that will best advance the work.)


Fellows may choose to take the leave in the fall of 2017 or the spring of 2018 (or both, if the fellow and home institution agree). All fellows will participate in two convenings, one each in the summers of 2017 and 2018, and provide a brief final report at the end of the fellowship.


In cases where the $40,000 grant does not fully cover half of the nominee’s annual salary and benefits, the Foundation expects that the home institution will ensure that the fellow continues to receive full benefits without interruption. The Public Engagement Fellowship can be taken consecutively with institutional or other grant-supported leave if the nominating institution approves.




June 22, 2016

Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a one to three sentence description of the project. 


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June 24, 2016

Deadline to submit an internal proposal.


All proposals for the LSP must be submitted electronically using the e-proposal on-line application system.


Be prepared to upload your internal proposal. The sections will include a one-three page research plan summary, two-page bio-sketch, and preliminary budget.


The e-proposal site is password protected. Texas A&M principal investigators may use their NetID and password to access the system. If you do not have a NetID, click HERE for help to activate your NetID. You will need your UIN and your date of birth.  Once you log-in to e-proposal, choose “Limited Submission Grant” from the Available Grants section.

If you have any questions, please contact:  or 979.862.2233.


July 15, 2016

Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

August 15, 2016

Deadline for institutions to submit nominations.

September 1, 2016

Sponsor deadline for the short form application.

October 24, 2016

Sponsor deadline for second round application (by invitation only).



Internal Selection Procedures:

Texas A&M has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the limited submission process.