Humanities Awards
MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

The SHASS Dean’s Office will award two Humanities Awards of up to $100,000 each.

Projects should be focused on a humanistic topic. Priority will be given to collaborative proposals and projects that promise to have a broad impact within the School (or Institute) or have a substantial impact on undergraduate education.

Humanities Awards may be used to cover a wide range of expenses, including conferences, post-docs, visiting scholars, digital learning efforts, and teaching support. However, applications that are good candidates for D’Arbeloff or Alumni Class Funds support are discouraged. Awards may not be used to pay for teaching release.

Submissions are due on October 2, 2023 and should consist of:

  • A 1–2-page narrative including (1) a description of the project, (2) an explanation of the project’s importance, (3) an outline of the project’s collaborative nature (if applicable), (4) an explanation of the project’s impact on the School or Institute (if applicable), and (5) an explanation of the project’s impact on undergraduate education (if applicable).
  • A list of everyone involved in the project and the designation of a Project Lead.
  • A detailed budget explaining in detail how the funds would be used. (Budgets must have the approval of the Project Lead’s DAF.)
  • A letter of endorsement from the unit head of each participant in the project.
  • All faculty and instructional staff are eligible to apply.
  • Send submissions and any inquiries to