UI contacts for grant seekers in the Arts & Humanities

  • Ann Ricketts, Assistant Vice President for Research, provides grant development support for the Arts & Humanities. She is the primary point of contact for the OVPRED Arts and Humanities Initiative (AHI).
  • Mary Blackwood and Tracy Titus, Sponsored Research Specialists in the Division of Sponsored Programs, are the primary points of contact for NEH, NEA, and private foundations.
  • Oliva Smith, Research Support Specialist, helps faculty find funding sources for their research and scholarship. She provides training on how to search the funding databases and can help set up daily SPIN email alerts. She will also search for funding for your project for you if you send her a paragraph describing your project.
  • Ann Knudson, Grant Administrator, International Programs and the Arts and Humanities, provides grant development services to faculty engaged in international projects and to those working within the arts and humanities. Support provided to faculty includes: (1) assistance identifying appropriate external funding opportunities for faculty research and projects; (2) assistance in preparing grant proposals and budgets to external funding agencies; and (3) assistance in internal submission processes through the Division of Sponsored Programs.


Internal Funding for the Arts & Humanities

arts University of Iowa
Internal Funding Initiatives (IFI), including Arts & Humanities Initiative (AHI)

Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

Digital Studio for the Public Humanities Grant Program

Creative Scholarship Book Subventions

Sound Recording Subvention

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Office of the Provost

International Programs


External Funding for the Arts & Humanities

Select fellowship programs 

Upcoming deadlines  (UI Grant Bulletin)

Private funding sources (A-Z index)

National Endowment for the Humanities 
Search Funded Projects Query Form for examples of previously funded projects

National Endowment for the Arts

Funding databases (subscriptions available through the Division of Sponsored Programs)
Contact Oliva Smith for assistance.

Download powerpoint slides on NEH

Download Professor Steve Ungar's insights as a reviewer and successful grantee


Sample proposals

Internal Funding Initiatives (IFI) and AHI sample narratives
HawkID/password are required to view these documents. Once logged in, click on the folder named Sample proposals - Internal Funding Initiatives to view the samples.  

NEH sample proposals
Select a program of interest on the NEH website (e.g. Summer Stipends). Sample Application Narratives are included in the box in the right hand column for most programs.

Graduate student fellowship proposals
HawkID/password are required to view these documents. Once logged in, click on the folder named Graduate Student Proposals to view the samples from a variety of sponsors.


Articles for grant seekers in the Arts & Humanities

Writing Effective Grant Proposals for Individual Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Susan Stanford Friedman, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Writing Proposals for ACLS Fellowship Competitions, Christina M. Gillis, ACLS

How to Get a Grant from NEH: A public service message, Meredith Hindley, NEH

Grant proposals (or Give me the money!) - The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Writing Effective Grant Narratives: Paul Casella's presentation slides and handouts.



Contact leslie-weatherhead@uiowa.edu with questions or suggestions about these online resources.