What is the Michigan Humanities Collaboratory?
Funded by the Provost’s Office, under the administrative umbrella of the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA), the Michigan Humanities Collaboratory provides resources for University of Michigan humanities scholars to experiment with collaborative, team-based approaches to humanities research, its communication to the broader public, and the training of the next generation of humanities scholars. Led by humanities faculty, teams including other university faculty, librarians, and humanists, undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs, will work together on large-scale projects from development to dissemination as they create team-based project models. We are located in Hatcher Graduate Library, 100 North Hatcher Gallery.
The Humanities Collaboratory offers seed funding and support for groups of faculty to develop project proposals during Spring term. Project development support includes faculty compensation, graduate student partner compensation, travel, materials, and funding for undergraduate research assistants. The second round of proposal development (seed funding) grants were announced on February 15, 2017. See our proposal development page for abstracts of the 2017 grantees.
The second stage of funding provides up to two years of funding support to intergenerational collaborative teams. Project funding includes faculty compensation, support for skills training or workshops; GSRA or general research support for graduate and undergraduate students, potential postdoc funding, and a collaborative space with supporting infrastructure, including some staff support. All funded projects are required to publicly disseminate the results of the project; a separate proposal and budget is submitted during year two of the grant to request funding support for exhibitions, displays, or other public programming dissemination. See our research projects page for an abstract of the 2016-2018 awarded projects and team members, click on the titles to review the original application.