Events and Programs: Request for Proposals and Application 2013-2014




June 17, 2013

Dear Faculty in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities:

The Northeastern Humanities Center is pleased to consider requests to support selected special events and programs.  Such events or programs, we hope, will bring together organizers and audiences from different disciplines, both within and beyond the university community, around a common issue of humanistic import.

This application is for events or programs to take place during Northeastern’s fall 2013 or spring 2014 semesters.  During this time, events or programs may be funded for up to $5,000 each.  (Such programs may include culminating events or programs for current funded Collaborative Research Cluster activities.)

Please request items essential to the event or program.  Appropriate expenses include any speaker’s expenses or publicity materials.  Please explain the need for food or beverages and the number of people served in your application and budget.

Applicants ideally include collaborators from the CSSH Northeastern full-time faculty, with one or two specific faculty members named as the “Program Director” or “Contact Person.”

Applications that include programs of interest for graduate or undergraduate students, especially those across the disciplines and Colleges, are preferred.

These events and programs are intended as interdisciplinary collaborations. Please list if each partner is either committed or potential.  Although these events are housed within the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, we encourage participation from members in other Northeastern Colleges. Additionally, we urge the Program Director(s) to seek out members from other Universities and organizations in Boston and beyond, especially for additional funding support.

Applications with a global component may be given preference, or applications that provide a distinct Social Sciences or Humanities perspective on the major NU research themes of Health, Security, Sustainability, or Big Data. We encourage all Program Directors to partner with Boston area, national, or international institutions, or a foundation.

Artists and Practitioners in Residence Program (“APRP” Program

Limited funding may be available for “resident” visits for authors or activists.   Past visitors under this program were Bill McKibben, Susan Shaw, and Dana Gioia. If several faculty members wish to collaborate to bring a notable speaker to campus for 2-5 days, please narrate your desired schedule and financial request for up to $10, 000.

As a Humanities Center program, funded events and programs may have access to several resources, which may include space in Renaissance Park, if available.  Additionally, upon request and approval, the Humanities Center may provide limited staff support. Examples may include technological assistance, the creation of marketing materials, event promotion, or some event coordination.

If your program is funded, we ask that you acknowledge “the Northeastern Humanities Center” on all of your publicity materials.  We will post your events on our website.

If you are interested in proposing an event or program, complete the following application by Friday, July 5, 2013.  Please submit your application through email to me (Erika Koss at as one Word or PDF document.

We hope to provide notification on all application by Thursday, July 25, 2013. 

Depending on budget constraints, we may provide a second application process for Event or Program Requests for spring 2014 or fall 2014 later this year.

If you have further questions regarding this application process, please contact me by phone at 617-373-6812 or

Thank you,

Erika Koss
Assistant Dean for Research and Program Development, Office of the Dean
Associate Director, Humanities Center
College of Social Sciences and Humanities, 450A Renaissance Park,
Northeastern University, 1135 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02115
617.373.6812 (office)

To access the application as an editable Word Document, please click here.

To access the application as a PDF Document, please click here.

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