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Funding for Lecturers and Adjunct Faculty

Call for Proposals for beginning Fall 2021

The Dresher Center for the Humanities is pleased to offer two new funding opportunities for lecturers and adjunct faculty in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS).

Dresher Center Research Support for Lecturers and Adjunct Faculty

This fund is intended to provide research-related support to lecturers and adjunct faculty pursuing humanities research in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, whether employed full- or part-time. Adjunct faculty must be teaching at UMBC at the time of application with the expectation that they will also teach at UMBC sometime in the following academic semester or year following funding.

The maximum award to an individual is $4,000 (there is no minimum) and all funding requests will be reviewed by the Dresher Center Advisory Board. Dresher Center Research Support for Lecturers and Adjunct Faculty is intended only for scholars who have already exhausted available DRIF, departmental, and CAHSS support.

Examples of potentially fundable expenses include:

  • Course release (lecturer) or funds equivalent to a course stipend (adjunct faculty);
  • Research travel to archives or to present work at symposia or conferences (where not funded through other sources); registration or membership fees related to such symposia or conferences;
  • Services of a research or editorial assistant;
  • Transcription or other technical assistance;
  • Purchase of research-related materials (books, documents, copies, images, maps, etc.);
  • Research travel necessary to complete a manuscript or other major research project or to revise in response to comments from peer-reviewers;
  • A subsidy to purchase the right to publish text, photographs, or other images;
  • A subvention in aid of publication required by the press;
  • Technical assistance necessary to produce a web resource or other digital project;
  • Indexing or other editorial assistance necessary to bring a publication to completion.

A complete application will include:

  • A letter of need explaining the purpose for the funds, the precise amount of the request, and why this support would make a difference in the scholarly or teaching goals of the applicant. Reference should also be made to why no other DRIF, departmental, or CAHSS support is available or sufficient to this need.
  • A brief memo (1-2 paragraphs) of support from the applicant’s Chair noting that all available departmental and CAHSS funds have been tapped first. In the case of part-time faculty, the Chair should indicate the likelihood of that faculty member teaching for the department sometime during the academic semester or year following funding.

There is no deadline for Research Support for Lecturers and Adjunct Faculty; applications are reviewed as they are submitted. However, faculty are encouraged to consider timing when requesting course release or, in the case of adjunct faculty, funds equivalent to a course stipend.


Dresher Center Summer Fellowships for Lecturers and Adjunct Faculty

The Dresher Center for the Humanities invites applications for this new summer fellowship, which we will begin funding for Summer 2022. The call for proposals for Summer Fellowships for Lecturers and Adjunct Faculty will be released on November 15, along with the Summer Faculty Fellowships. Proposals will be due February 15 and are welcome from all lecturers and adjunct faculty pursuing humanities research in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, whether employed full or part-time. Adjunct faculty must be teaching at UMBC at the time of application with the expectation that they will also teach at UMBC in the academic semester or year following summer funding. Funding is intended to support and promote significant humanities research at UMBC. Fellows will receive support for research at any stage of a major project, such as the completion of a book manuscript, an article, a web resource, a book proposal, or a project of similar stature. Funding may also be used to develop extramural funding applications, including grant and fellowship applications, and book proposals. Applications will be reviewed by the Dresher Center Advisory Board. Fellows (individuals or groups) will receive $6,000 per award. One fellowship will be awarded.

Submit proposals to dreshercenter@umbc.edu. Department Chairs should send letters of support directly to Jessica Berman (jberman@umbc.edu). Proposals will be evaluated by the Dresher Center Advisory Board.