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The Mellon Partners for Humanities Education program is pleased to announce the second round of collaborative grants to support the shared teaching and research goals of faculty in the humanities and humanistic social sciences from our consortium of partner institutions: Berea College, Fisk University, Tennessee State University, Tougaloo College, and Vanderbilt University. Applicants may apply for grant funds totaling between $1,000 and $20,000. Three types of projects are eligible:

  1. Collaborative research projects involving faculty from two or more partner institutions;
  2. Research, demonstrations, performances, or other academic activities by faculty and students from one institution that would include outreach to and participation/attendance from faculty, students, and/or staff from at least one partner school; and
  3. Sponsored visits of short duration (from one day to three weeks) of faculty or students from partner institutions to any other partner school to engage with faculty and students around research or teaching and utilize partner school resources such as archives or digital facilities. Such visits include workshops and symposia held at any of the partner institutions, especially those involving the digital humanities.

Proposals involving the digital and public humanities are especially welcome.

Grant funds may be used for such collaborative enterprises among faculty of TWO OR MORE of the partner institutions. All tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure track faculty and staff at the five partner institutions are eligible to apply. Funds may be used for travel expenses, research assistance, fees, space rental, honoraria, software licenses, specialized training, or other applicable expenses. Grants may not be used to pay salary or stipends to faculty applying for grant funds.

To apply, include:

  • A cover sheet listing the title of the project, a list of all collaborators, including their institutional affiliation, position, and contact information. One person must be designated the project lead.
  • A proposal (no more than 1,000 words) that explains the nature of the collaboration, the suitability for the collaborators to carry it out, a timeline for completion, and an explanation of the planned outcomes of the collaboration.
  • A budget that accounts for all requested expenses (up to $20,000).
  • A brief CV from each collaborator.

All of the application materials must be collected into a single PDF and submitted via email to starting August 30, 2019. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling deadline until funds are exhausted. All recipients of the Mellon Collaboration Grants must provide a report upon the completion of the project.

Please direct any questions to Angela Sutton, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University College of Arts & Sciences at


Congratulations to our 2018-2019 Mellon Partners for Humanities Education Collaborative Grant Winners!


Historic Black Nashville in Augmented Reality

Dr. Ole Molvig, Vanderbilt
Dr. Reavis Mitchell, Fisk
Dr. Learotha Williams, TSU
Dr. Mary Ellen Pethel, Belmont

Descendants of Fort Negley: The Present and Future of Nashville’s African American History

Dr. Learotha Williams, TSU
Dr. Angela Sutton, Vanderbilt
Dr. Madeline Casad, Vanderbilt
Dr. Reavis Mitchell, Fisk
Krista Castillo, Fort Negley Visitor’s Center

“Black at Brown” Photography Exhibit and Discussion at Tougaloo’s Humanities Week

Dr. Phoenix Savage, Tougaloo
Dr. Claudine Taaffe, Vanderbilt

Partners Workshop on Haiti: The Need to Preserve and Know the Past

Dr. Jane Landers, Vanderbilt
Yvonne Boyer, Vanderbilt
Dr. Brandon Byrd, Vanderbilt
Dr. Madeline Casad, Vanderbilt
Dr. Celso Castilho, Vanderbilt
Paula Covington, Vanderbilt
Nathan Dize, Vanderbilt
Dr. Miriam Erickson, Vanderbilt
Dr. Julia Gaffield, Georgia State University
DeLisa M. Harris, Fisk
Dr. David LaFevor, Univeristy of Texas Arlington
Dr. Frank Robinson, Vanderbilt
Dr. Angela Sutton, Vanderbilt
Sharon Hull Smith, TSU
Dr. Charlton Yingling, University of Louisville

Pataj/Partage: Shared Visions Between Fisk and Haiti

Dr. Brandon Byrd, Vanderbilt
Jamaal Sheats, Fisk
DeLisa Harris, Fisk
Nathan Dize, Vanderbilt
Nikoo Paydar, Fisk

The Role of Microaggressions in the “Blind Curtain” Selection Process of National Symphony Orchestras

Dr. E. Kelly Sanford, TSU
Dr. Anthony Williams, Fisk

Visual & Literary Representations of Black Womanhood in France and the US: A Cross-Campus Film Screening of Mariannes Noires with Producer Dr. Mame-Fatou Niang

Dr. Raquelle Bostow, Fisk
Dr. Tracy Sharpley-Whiting, Vanderbilt
Cara Wilson, Vanderbilt