Humanities Grant Writing Camp for Graduate Students

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University Club, Room 212
@ 9:00 am - @ 3:00 pm

Call for Applications

The UW–Madison Graduate School is offering the Humanities Grant Writing Camp (HGWC) this May. Hosted by the Institute for Research in the Humanities (IRH) and facilitated by the UW–Madison Writing Center, the four-day camp (May 15-18, 2023) provides participants with a structured introduction to the nuts-and-bolts of writing funding proposals to support a wide range of humanities work, from research travel and dissertation writing to public humanities projects.

Presentations on funding sources and grant writing by faculty, staff, and alumni will inform the writing workshop sessions. Topics will include the development of compelling, readable, and accessible project descriptions, together with feasible timelines and budgets, as well as drafting, critiquing, and revising grant proposals. HGWC participants will have the opportunity to network with peers about the grant-seeking and grant-writing process and engage in guided peer review.

The grant writing camp will take place in person at the IRH, located on the second floor of the University Club. A light breakfast will be provided each day.

Following completion of the camp, participants will have the opportunity to submit draft grant proposals to a review panel and receive feedback from a diverse set of disciplinary and career perspectives. HGWC participants who submit a grant proposal or project support application (whether through their respective graduate programs or to any campus unit or external funding agency) between June 1, 2023, and June 1, 2024, will receive a stipend of $250.

Applications period for the HGWC ended on Friday, March 24. New applicants are no longer being accepted. Notifications will be made by Friday, April 14.


  • enrolled in a UW–Madison graduate program in the humanities or humanistic social sciences
  • advisor approval

Application process

HGWC applications are accepted here. Applications will be accepted until Friday, March 24 and require an advisor endorsement. Notification will be made by Friday, April 14.

The HGWC application asks you to describe your current research/dissertation, identify some potential funding sources relevant to your research and/or career plans, and state what you hope to gain from participating in the HGWC. A CV, unofficial grade transcript, and advisor support statement are also required.

Additional resources for attending the Humanities Grant Writing Camp

Child Care
Students with children may be eligible for financial assistance through the Child Care Tuition Assistance Program (CCTAP), including during participation in a Dissertation Writing Camp. Applicants must have a confirmed space at an approved (licensed/accredited) child care provider in Wisconsin. For those looking for short-term coverage, the Office of Child Care and Family Resources sponsors a fund for reduced-rate, drop-in care called KidsKare. Little Chicks provides care in their non-traditional program on an hourly basis. This reduces the hourly rate from $14 per hour to either $5 per hour for faculty and staff or $0 per hour for any students currently receiving CCTAP.

Reduced and low-cost parking
UW–Madison Transportation Services is offering reduced and low-cost parking this academic year. All UW–Madison graduate and professional students are eligible. Parking options include semester permits, annual permits, flex permits, afternoon permits, and night permits valid in different parking lots across campus. Product availability will vary and may be limited. Learn more and apply for reduced and low-cost parking options.

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This event is co-sponsored by the Institute for Research in the Humanities, the Graduate School, and the UW–Madison Writing Center.