Office of the Vice Provost for Research

The Public Humanities Project is a non-competitive program to fund new research that benefits the Bloomington community and southern Indiana at large. It is supported by IU's Office of the Vice President for Research and managed by the IU Bloomington Arts & Humanities Council.

DeadlineAward AmountContact

Arts & Humanities Council
ahcounc[at]indiana [dot] edu

Assoc. Vice Provost Ed Comentale
ecomenta[at]indiana [dot] edu


$25,000 maximum


The Public Humanities Project supports research projects of varying lengths that benefit the wider Bloomington community and southern Indiana at large. Applicants must partner with civic or other community organizations to plan and manage a research agenda with scholarly as well as public deliverables. This is a non-competitive program; proposals are considered on a case-by-case basis by the director of the Arts and Humanities Council and appropriate members of the council. See the National Endowment for the Humanities website for relevant examples. 


All tenured and tenure‐eligible faculty members at Indiana University Bloomington.

Application Process

Prior to applying, the initial step in this non-competitive funding program is to contact Ed Comentale, director of the Arts and Humanities Council. Subsequent required application materials will include:

  1. completed online application form
  2. project narrative and rationale (1-2) pages
  3. completed budget form
  4. project timeline
  5. letters of support from community partners
  6. cv


See Budget Template in the online application form.

Funding Duration 

Both short and long-term projects will be considered.