Mellon Foundation Higher Learning Call for Concepts

Sponsor Deadline: 

May 16, 2022

Internal Deadline: 

Apr 12, 2022


Mellon Foundation

UI Contact: 

Internal link from Obermann Center

Mellon Foundation description of the Call for Concepts

The Mellon Foundation has just announced a new Higher Learning Call for Concepts that invites ideas for research and/or curricular projects focused on any of the three areas outlined below:

  • Civic Engagement and Voting Rights
  • Race and Racialization in the United States
  • Social Justice and the Literary Imagination

These grants are for $250,000 to $500,000. Work should begin January 1, 2023. The work period can be extended for up to three years. Mellon anticipates allocating up to $10 million for this call for concepts; the final number of proposals selected will depend on the number and substance of the submissions.

The Principal Investigator (PI) should be a faculty member or dean in a program or department in the humanities or humanistic social sciences and should have the support of the institution’s senior academic leadership.

Your Concept must speak directly to one of three identified areas. You can request $250,000 to $500,000, but you must be prepared to begin work on January 1, 2023. The work period can be planned for up to three years.