The Humanities for the Public Good Initiative supports graduate and faculty public humanities training and scholarship in the College of Arts & Sciences. As a core program, it offers approximately six $500* awards each semester for programs which use humanities knowledge or methods to interact with collaborators, participants, or audiences beyond the campus. Such programs may serve one or all of the following purposes:

  • Produce educational resources or events which raise the capacity of humanists at UNC-Chapel Hill to do publicly engaged work
  • Enhance the capacity of faculty or staff to implement small public engagement initiatives into undergraduate classrooms
  • Defray costs associated with holding workshops, performances, lectures, programs, or other educational or artistic activities which include humanistic faculty or graduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill as collaborators, and offer new skills, stronger relationships, meaningful participation, or opportunities for feedback to communities and publics beyond the campus; or connection between on-campus and off-campus communities.

Programs undertaken in light of the impact of COVID–ie using virtual or new technologies to create community–are welcome and encouraged to apply.


*Funding requests over $500 are welcome, but will be considered in the context of the overall pool and may be only partially funded.

Applications must be initiated by faculty of any rank, or graduate students (M.A. or Ph.D) in the College of Arts & Sciences, or staff working on humanistic initiatives for university centers, programs, or other relevant units.

Funds may be used to compensate team members (including faculty, staff, graduate students, and community partners) for their time, where those salary supplements and award vouchers are implementable from the perspective of the home campus unit, or where the community partner can pass independent contractor background checks; for travel; for costs associated with meetings and programs; and for non-infrastructural material resources which benefit the project but which are not already available through the University, and which will not ultimately be the property of the University.

** Note that funding cannot be applied to graduate student tuition. Questions about the feasibility of including particular items in a budget proposal may be addressed to Ashley Melzer (amelzer<at>

A completed application consists of a narrative overview with a timeline; overall budget; and an explanation of expected impact, including a brief of the program’s plan for assessment; and short abstracts of the professional biographies of project collaborators. The total length of the application should not exceed three single-spaced pages, and the whole may be uploaded through the application portal as a single .pdf.

This fund is apportioned on a per-semester basis.