Humanities Facilitating Fund

Program Description

The goal of the Humanities Facilitating Fund (HFF) is to provide funding that promotes the generation of original scholarship in the humanities at the George Washington University (GW).


This competition is open to all full-time, regular active status faculty conducting research in the humanities. The humanities are understood to be interpretive research into human culture and cultural products. These methods, although occurring most frequently in arts and humanities departments, are also found in work done by faculty whose home departments are in other divisions and schools across GW. Successful applications from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) and the Milken Institute School of Public Health (GWSPH) will be approved by the associate deans for research of those schools prior to award.

Review Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed on the following criteria: 


% of Total Score 

Quality of Proposed Humanistic Research 


Clarity of Project Goals and Timeline 


Budget Justification for Project 





Awards are typically up to $5,000. Allowable costs include: 

  • Service costs (such as mapmaking or image rights) so long as they are important to the project 

  • Travel so long as it is important to the project and can be justified 

  • Supplies so long as they are important to project and can be justified 

  • Student support so long as the student’s role in the overall research plan is clearly articulated 

  • Publication fees or subventions if justification of the necessity is provided 

Application Procedures 

The application should be no longer than one page, and should include: 

  1. A summary of the project, its goals, its timeline and its significance for the humanities 

  1. An explanation of why HFF support is necessary to the project 

  1. A line-item budget with supporting justifications 

Applications must be submitted in .pdf format, and uploaded into the OVPR-InfoReady application portal along with completed required information fields. Applications are due by 1:00 EDT on Thursday, February 15, 2024. 

Start your HFF FY25 application in InfoReady


Applications are due by 1:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, February 15, 2024. 


Programmatic and eligibility questions should be directed to Prof. Lynn Westwater, [email protected], or Prof. Jamie Cohen-Cole, [email protected]

Questions regarding the OVPR-InfoReady system may be directed to [email protected].