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Professor Jan Johnson in her workshop

The Higgins School has a long history of fostering research and creative achievement that provides opportunities for personal career advancement while enhancing the national profile of Clark arts and humanities.

Through our grants program, Clark faculty members receive funding for individual projects, collaborative ventures, and classroom-focused initiatives. Our Faculty Fellowships and other extensions of public programming allow for in-depth collegial engagement with scholars and artists from within and beyond our campus community.

The Higgins School offers individual major grants of up to $5,000 to full-time arts and humanities faculty at Clark University. These awards support individual faculty research, creative activity, and expenses such as research travel, materials and equipment, special training, and development opportunities. Early career (untenured or recently tenured faculty) are particularly encouraged to apply for grants to fund summer work and other opportunities helpful for career advancement.

Applications for major grants are normally considered only once during the funding cycle for the academic year in late fall semester. Applicants may request up to $5,000 for a major project in a given academic year grant cycle. Grants are awarded on the recommendation of the Higgins Steering Committee, which is comprised of chairs from each of the five arts and humanities departments (or their designated proxies).

All recipients of major grants are encouraged to present on and/or write informally about their work-in-progress. One recipient of a major grant will be selected as the Alice and Milton Higgins Faculty Fellow. While this honorary recognition carries no extra funding beyond the grant award, it allows for additional opportunities to present work resulting from the grant.

For more information regarding individual major grants or the application process, please contact the Higgins School of Humanities.

The Higgins School provides linking major grants of up to $5,000 to full-time arts and humanities faculty at Clark University. These funds provide initial or matching monies to help:

  • Connect humanities departments through shared programming and activities;
  • Create partnerships between humanities departments and other departments across the University;
  • Foster partnerships between humanities departments and local cultural institutions such as: joint seminar programs; research projects; exhibitions; public programs; teaching activities; and regional, national, and international conferences; and
  • Support major initiatives in undergraduate and graduate programs in the humanities for course development; acquisition of library or other learning materials and equipment; and undergraduate and graduate research or creative activity.

Applications for linking major grants are normally considered only once during the funding cycle for the academic year in late fall semester. Applicants may request up to $5,000 for a major project in a given academic year grant cycle. Grants are awarded on the recommendation of the Higgins Steering Committee, which is comprised of chairs from each of the five arts and humanities departments (or their designated proxies).

All recipients of major grants are encouraged to present on and/or write informally about collaborative work that results from the grant.

For more information regarding linking major grants or the application process, please contact the Higgins School of Humanities.

The Higgins School supports full- and part-time arts and humanities faculty at Clark University through mini-grants of up to $750. These awards are intended to cover special expenses and opportunities for research, travel, programming, or teaching.

To allow for optimal flexibility, applications for mini grants are considered monthly from September through May. Applicants may request up to $750 with a maximum of two mini-grants over a two-year period. Mini-grants are awarded by the Higgins School Director in consultation with the Higgins Steering Committee, which is comprised of chairs from each of the five arts and humanities departments (or their designated proxies).

All recipients of mini-grants are encouraged to write informally about the work supported by the grant.

For more information regarding mini-grants or the application process, please contact the Higgins School of Humanities.

Each fall, the Higgins School engages a small group of Clark University faculty fellows to build a dialogic community for scholarly and pedagogical concerns and to serve as a resource for interdisciplinary collaboration and teaching.

Higgins faculty fellows:

  • Attend all or most of the symposium events and meet briefly afterward for conversation;
  • Participate in meetings with other fellows to set goals and themes for the semester and to reflect on the symposium, the fellowship experience, and the semester’s programming;
  • Integrate symposium topics and events into student coursework over the course of the semester; and
  • Write short feature pieces that touch on connections between the symposium theme and the fellow’s individual research, creative work, and/or teaching.

In recognition of this commitment, faculty fellows each receive an honorarium at the conclusion of the semester’s programming.

Faculty members are invited to apply in the spring semester to become fellows in the following fall. Applicants from every discipline and contract category (full-time, part-time, lecturer, visiting, etc.) are welcome and encouraged to apply.

For more information on the Higgins Faculty Fellowship or the application process, please contact the Higgins School of Humanities.

Contact Information

Higgins School of Humanities

Mailing Address
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  • Dana Commons, Second Floor
    36 Maywood Street
    Worcester, MA 01603
  • Tuesday through Friday
    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    August to mid-June only